Before the arrival of the sweltering summer in Japan, “melt-proof” ice cream has been launched. These special popsicles are ready to take on the summer heat without breaking a sweat. The ice creams comes from two different developers and both will be sold in Kanazawa City, the city with the highest expenditure on ice cream in Ishikawa Prefecture.
An accidental discovery at Kanazawa-based Biotherapy Development Research Center helped create popsicles that don’t melt. The secret ingredient that helps the popsicles keep their shape is polyphenol liquid extracted from strawberries, the discovery of this unique property was entirely by accident. “Polyphenol liquid has properties to make it difficult for water and oil to separate so that a popsicle containing it will be able to retain the original shape of the cream for a longer time than usual and be hard to melt,” said Tomihisa Ota, the popsicle’s developer. According to Ice Biotherapy that operates Kanazawa Ice, the ice cream does not melt if placed in a hot room of 40 degrees for 3 hours or even if exposed to the hot air from a blow dryer.
If you watch the video below, although you might not understand very much, you will see that the various ice cream popsicles retain their shape even after being exposed to a hair dryer. You gotta see it to believe it! Hopefully this invention will make its way to the west so we can enjoy summer without those pesky sticky fingers.