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Japan: Ice cream that doesn’t melt
2018/01/11
January 9, 2018
In Japan, serendipity led to the creation of a type of ice cream that does not melt. Following the tsunami and earthquake in 2011, strawberries growing in certain parts of the country were not fit to be sold. A chef was given the task of finding other uses for the fruit. When the chef complained that cream solidified upon contact with the strawberries, scientists from Kanazawa University decided to investigate. The team of researchers found that the strawberries contained a compound called polyphenol. This compound makes it difficult for water and oil to separate, which is what makes regular ice cream melt. When the scientists mixed the compound with ice cream, they discovered that it stopped the ice cream from melting.
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