Manuel Linares has come up with a patent-pending breakthrough for the cold, sweet treat
You know that bubble gum in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that is a three-course meal, changing flavors from breakfast all the way to dinner? Yeah, that hasn’t been invented. But in Spain, physicist and electronic Manuel Linares has managed to create another Wonka-esque dessert: an ice cream that changes color as it is eaten.
The “Xamaléon” ice cream – which tastes like a tutti-frutti fruit medley– begins off a baby blue color before a special spray, which Linares calls a ‘love elixir’ is applied. After 10-15 seconds, the ice cream then shifts shades going purplish, and continues to change hues as it is licked, becoming pinker.
Linares refuses to give away the secret to the color change – stating that it is patent-pending, but he did explain that it is all-natural and that it has to do with the effects of temperature and oxidation on the ingredients. He also told Spanish website Cocinatis that the acidity in the saliva also helps activate the process.
Linares was inspired by Charlie Francis, the Edible Inventor who created a glow-in-the-dark ice cream last year using calcium-activated proteins. The physicist has been working with ice cream for some time, becoming a chef after he finished his scientific schooling. He decided to focus on the frozen stuff while taking a culinary course on artisanal ice cream. He currently runs an ice cream store in the town of Calella de Mar, in the Catalonia province of Spain, where Xamaléon is currently being sold alongside other fun flavours such as mojito.
Linares is also working on other innovative ice creams: one that will change colour from white to pink, and the other which will react to ultraviolet light, which Linares envisages being sold in clubs.