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Glowing Ice Cream

I’ll have one vanilla, one chocolate and one bioluminescent in a cone, please.

You’re puzzled? So am I. Charlie Francis, an ice cream entrepreneur, has gone almost as far as Willy Wonka with this glowing ice cream. The protein that gives jellyfish their bioluminescence was the inspiration for this product, and now, after much time and effort, has been engineered to react with the calcium in the ice cream and glow. And what’s more, is that it reacts faster in warmer temperatures and higher pH’s—both of which the tongue provides—causing this effect to heighten with every lick.

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