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Foods... With a Sciency Twist!

Foods... With a Sciency Twist!

By Andrew Tavin

Well, we did it! They said we couldn't do it, but we proved them all wrong. Yes, at long last, science has found a way to make ice cream even more awesome. Xamaleon was created by a Spanish physicist named Manuel Linares and it changes color from blue, to purple, to pink as it's being eaten. But of course this isn't the first time science has meddled with food... for the better!

Pop Rocks

Ah, the original science-enhanced food (unless you want to count whichever caveman scientist first applied fire to meat). So how are Pop Rocks created? Well they actually have carbonation injected during the cooking process, and then when the candy cools, there's bubbles left inside. Those bubbles pop as you eat them! Also drinking Pop Rocks and coke together is not, in fact, deadly though it is a persistent rumor. How persistent? They had to address it on Pop Rock's website.

Hot Ice Cream

OK, so color-changing ice cream is pretty awesome, but what about an ice cream that defies the very idea behind its name? Hot ice cream! What sort of devil magic is that?! Well it's actually due to methylcellulose, a unique gelling agent that actually melts as it cools. BRB, we're going to go pitch a reboot of Frosty the Snowman set in Jamaica and make millions!

Edible Balloon!

This is a balloon made out of dehydrated apple. Yes, it is an actual balloon filled with helium and yes it completely edible. Yes it could also be utilized to make a fantastic and delicious live-action Up remake. Don't believe us? Roll the tape!

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Sciency Liquid Nitrogen Chocolate... Something

That apple balloon? It's from Chicago restaurant Alinea. Awesome sciency food is kind of their thing. Here's another of their masterpieces. It's a chocolate... thing created through liquid nitrogen and also parts of it need a blowtorch? Just watch the video, it looks awesome and delicious.

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Tomato With Complimentary Scent

OK, we promise this is the last entry from Alinea. The craziest part of this has to be that air sack at the end. It's filled with the scent of freshly cut grass to give you a sense of summer as you eat the tomato dish. Anyway, our mind is blown so watch the video while we put it back together.

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Fruit Juice Spaghetti

This one isn't from Alinea but it is in the same gastronomical spirit! You could actually make this at home as long as you have access to agar (a red bean jelly that can be used as a substitute for gelatin). Check out what we assume will be the hottest snack of the future.

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Honey Wraps

Speaking of minds being blown, we'd love to see how Winnie the Pooh would react to this. It's another one you can make at home as long as you have agar, though it look like it might be tough. The hardest part, however, is going to be eating it when it looks as pretty as those images at the end.

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Which of these would you most like to try? What food experiments have you performed?

 

Tags: food, science, lists, restaurants, eating out, gastronomy

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Andrew Tavin

Andrew Tavin is a writer and stand-up comedian living in New York City. His work has been featured on Upworthy and Collegehumor. He writes pretty mediocre bios and can be followed on Twitter @andrewtavin.

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