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Wind Up Geek’s Cool Japan: Kanazawa’s Unmeltable Ice Creams is This Summer’s Treat

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By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Citizens of Japan may suffer a hot melting summer this year but it doesn’t mean their ice cream has to. This year’s food science talk will be on the ummeltable ice creams, ice creams that will not melt in some of Japan’s hottest weather. The ice creams comes from two different developers and both will be sold in Kanazawa City, the city with the highest expenditure on ice cream in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Insoluble Ice

Released in April and sold through Kanazawa Ice in Kanazawa City’s Higashiyama district, the ice cream was developed by Professor Emeritus Fukuhisa Ota of the Kanazawa University. According to Ice Biotherapy that operates Kanazawa Ice, the ice cream does not melt if placed in a hot room of 40 degrees for 3 hours or even if exposed to the hot air from a blow dryer.

 Polyphenols extracted from strawberries are used to keep the ice cream’s shape by strengthening the connection between ice, moisture, and oil.

In a interview, Tsuyoshi Toyoda, 40, the company’s representative director, said, “I will be able to make ice cream that looks good because it can be made into various shapes such as characters without collapse. It can be offered even in developing countries with many power outages.”

Ice Biotherapy obtained a manufacturer’s patent in 2014.


Hot Cream

Hot soft cream or “Hot Cream” was developed over a period of 10 years according to Ryozo Shiraishi, 71, president of the Nippon Seaweed Food Research Laboratory, Kanazawa City’s food processing development company.

Utilizing the mixing of okara paste and rice flour, hot cream has the sweetness and appearance of ice cream and will keep it’s shape if left unattended.

With a cold temperature for the summer and a hot temperature during the winter, hot cream could be sold as a special treat year round.

A special machine is used to create hot cream and although Shiraishi considered marketing machines to prepare the hot cream, he scrapped the idea in favour of a more simple approach, selling the hot cream in a squeeze bag. Consumers will be able to prepare the Hot Cream cold or hot using everyday appliances found in the home.

Through, Shiraishi has confirmed enquiries have already been made by confectionery companies and restaurants in China.


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