This All-Natural Ice Cream Changes Color as You Lick It, Thanks to Science

Bored of the standard ice cream colors? One scientist certainly was, and used his knowledge to revolutionize the dessert.

Manuel Linares, 37, is a Spanish physics professor who decided to become a chef. During his cooking course at Hotel Business School Hoffman in Barcelona, he was tasked with coming up with a new ice cream flavor as part of the class. He went one step further and decided to use his expertise in physics to invent an ice cream that changes color.

Despite doubts from his tutors and colleagues, Linares proved them wrong. His all-natural ice cream changes color from purple to various shades of pink as a person licks it.

“Everyone laughed, but as a physicist I know that there are various possibilities that might work and I was delighted when I managed to crack it and create an ice cream that changes color,” said Linares. “It was important to me to make sure I only used natural ingredients, so it took a bit longer.”

Xamaleon (which means “chameleon” in Catalan) is made out of strawberries, banana, cocoa, almonds, vanilla, pistachio, and caramel, and it has a tutti-frutti taste. The inventor explains that he got the inspiration from Lick Me I’m Delicious, the glow-in-the-dark ice cream.

“I am a huge fan of the British ice cream genius Charlie Francis,” he said. “I wanted to create an ice cream that changed color to try and do something new as well,” he said.

Currently, Linares doesn’t want to reveal his recipe as he is still waiting for the dessert to be patented.

The Xamaleon flavor is doing quite well in Linares’ ice cream parlor in the town of Calella de Mar, and he is hoping to start selling his ice cream outside of Spain.