Food & Drink

Glow-In-The-Dark Ice Cream

We've lost count of the times when we've been trying to eat ice cream at night, with the lights off, and think 'if only there was a way that I could see my delicious ice cream. Oh well, just going to have to guess where it is again', before scrabbling around in the desperate, but forlorn, hope of finding it.

So you can imagine how delighted we were when we discovered that someone had invented glow-in-the-dark ice cream.

This bizarre concoction is the work of Charlie Harry Francis, who runs the blog Lick Me I'm Delicious. It originated from the work done by a Chinese scientist who managed to synthesize the luminescence protein from jellyfish. Charlie then ordered some, which enabled him to create calcium activated proteins that react when they are agitated - that is, when they are licked.

It's expensive stuff, and works out at £140 a scoop. Francis has also created a non-jellyfish version, using quinine, to make a glow-in-the-UV-dark gin and tonic sorbet, which might be a little more cost-effective.

If only there was a slightly cheaper way to see your ice cream after sunset. No, we just can't think of anything.

[via io9]

(Image: www.lickmeimdelicious.com)