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Brief Published: 1 Sep 2014

Colour-Changing Ice Cream

Xamaleon ice cream

Spanish physicist Manuel Linares has crafted a futuristic ice cream that changes colour when licked. Called Xamaleon – 'chameleon' in Catalan – the periwinkle blue product gradually takes on a pink hue.

The transformation is the result of a secret elixir. This is sprayed onto the ice cream – turning it purple – before it comes into contact with the tongue and eventually turns pink. The exact formulation is still under wraps until the patent has been filed.

"This is yet another example of how technology and science can be used to alter the shape and form of foodstuffs," said Mandy Saven, Head of Food, Beverage & Hospitality at Stylus. "From 3D-printed edibles to laser tattoos on fresh produce, we're seeing a plethora of game-changing applications that tighten the relationship between food aesthetics and technology. This is an exciting space to watch."

For more on how technology is influencing the shape and form of food, see New Food Aesthetic. For broader insights into experimental food styling and presentation, see New Food Styling and LDF: Food. Inflatable Dough and Edible Flavoured Mist further illustrate how foodstuffs can be manipulated into new sensory forms.