When you think of physicists, you probably think of people who want to better our understanding of the universe. And while some may be working on string theory or quantum mechanics, Manuel Linares used his talents to create an ice cream that changes colour as you lick it.
“As a physicist I know that there are various possibilities that might work. And I was delighted when I managed to crack it and create an ice cream that changes colour.”
Dubbed Xamaleón, the ice creams tastes like a mixture of fruits; created during a cooking course Manuel attended in Barcelona. It contains all natural ingredients, and before it’s served, the treat is a light blue colour, but this quickly changes when the server adds a spray of love elixir, as Manuel calls it.
The spray transforms the ice cream into a dark pink shade in around 10 to 15 seconds. According to Manuel, the colour changes simply because of temperature and oxidation. However, he won’t be revealing how the process works, as he hopes to patent the recipe.
He’s selling the ice cream at IceXperience, a shop he’s opens in Spain. He’s also working on two other cool ice cream projects: one that will react to ultraviolet lights in clubs; and another that would turn from pink to completely white on its own. And while the ice cream that changes colour is priced at a whopping $225CDN a scoop, Xamaleón’s cost is comparable to that of artisanal ice cream.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.