For most people there’s nothing more fun and satisfying than having an ice-cold popsicle treat on a hot summer day. It’s like drinking a cool drink but without having to worry about spilling anything. But nothing is perfect, and popsicles have their problems to, they melt. It would be nice to have a popsicle that you didn’t have to rush to finish because you’re afraid it will melt. Well your wishes may have been answered, someone says they’ve invented a popsicle that won’t melt on a hot day.
Recently a U.K. design firm called Bompas & Parr claimed they had created a popsicle that won’t melt onto your hand, even at the height of summer.
The idea supposedly came from a World War II-era research project in which an inventor Geoffrey Pyke proposed building a mile-long aircraft carrier out of ice. For the project, a material called “pykrete” was developed. The material was composed mostly of ice and wood pulp and had the ability to float like an iceberg. The project even made it to the testing phase in which a small-scale model was built and evaluated. The project was finally canceled because of logistical issues.
But all was not lost, half a century later it was this project that inspired Bompas & Parr to create a popsicle that wouldn’t melt. The team realized that it could use edible fruit fibers to create the same insulating effect of wood–along with other ingredients that remain confidential.
So apparently, they have succeeded in creating a popsicle that doesn’t melt, but is it really the same thing? Those who have tried one of these say the taste is not far off from a regular popsicle but maybe just a bit chewy. A chewy popsicle? I’m not sure how good that sounds.
Sometimes you have to watch what you wish for. Maybe a regular melty popsicle is still the way to go.