No, not like that, dude. Geez. Get your mind out of the gutter.
And, no, I’m not talking about your futurephone this time, either.
In a little shop near the Louvre museum in Paris, a very strange type of ice cream is being sold. At the counter customers don’t order cups, cones or shakes; here they ask for WikiPearls, little donut hole-sized balls of ice cream that are covered in a flavored, protective skin. “People come in and say, ‘What’s this all about?’” says David Edwards, the mastermind behind WikiPearl and the newly opened WikiBar. It’s a very good question, actually. Much like Dippin’ Dots, the pearl-like ice cream that blew kids’ minds in the ‘90s, WikiPearls is angling to change the way we eat ice cream. But it’s not just frozen snacks that Edwards is looking to revolutionize—the Harvard bioengineering professor has bigger plans than that.
Now this, dudes. . . This is a future I can get behind and start pushing.
Edwards and a French designer began working on these things in 2009 as a way to eliminate packaging from foods, as a way to minimize waste. Good idea. Wrapping it around ice cream?
Called WikiCells, the edible soft skins are made from natural food particles that are bound together by nutritive ions. The goal was to reduce plastic waste while improving human health through portion control and vitamin-supplemented skins. WikiPearl is the first commercialized product born from the technology, mainly because ice cream is delicious, and it’s the least weird form his WikiCells could possibly take.
Of course, I’m pretty sure that anything would be improved by the addition of ice cream stuffing. Let’s just close our eyes for a moment and savor that delicious thought.
. . .
Yeah. That’s nice.
Even better, the WikiPearl ice cream melts much slower than traditional ice cream. And check the flavors.
Three 50-calorie balls roughly equals a cup of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and so far they come in three flavors: mango with a coconut skin, chocolate with a hazelnut skin and vanilla with a peanut skin.
I think we need to start some kind of petition or a movement or something so we can get this technology over here to the states as soon as possible. I want me some of this stuff and, dude, I want it now.
Who’s with me?