Fluorescent protein is infused into sweet dairy treats to create a new eating experience.
Ingesting any part of a jellyfish would normally be a bad idea, unless of course it happens to be the key ingredient in an all-new type of glow-in-the-dark ice cream. British ice cream creator Charlie Francis has gone to a lot of effort to chemically recreate the fluorescent jellyfish protein that give this ice cream its unique nocturnal appearance, which might also explain why it costs $225 a scoop.
The idea for an ice cream infused with jellyfish essence came after Francis read a research paper on some of the more unique properties of underwater invertebrates. He then sought out some Chinese scientists who were clearly keen to see the various things jellyfish proteins could be combined with.
What’s really interesting about the ice cream is that it reacts to your tongue, increasing the protein’s pH level (and brightness) with each successive lick. Francis was aware the price tag might deter some ice cream enthusiasts as well, so he created a non-jellyfish batch of gin & tonic sorbet that uses the tonic’s quinine to create a less expensive glow.
The ice cream creator has plans for even more innovative concoctions on the horizon as well, the most bizarre of which is “invisible ice cream.” Finding the tasty treat is likely to be the most challenging aspect of this particular sweet, but could definitely make dieting a lot easier.