Melt-resistant ice cream is here: Using banana extract, scientists concoct breakthrough recipe

NEW ORLEANS — Science has finally led us to one of the greatest innovations of humankind: ice cream that doesn’t melt quickly on a hot day. The secret, according to a new study? Banana plant waste.

Not only are researchers saying their new concoction will last longer, but it’s creamier and potentially even healthier than your typical frozen treat.

Keeping ice cream from melting has been a mystery that has eluded research teams from around the world for years. Just last year, Japanese scientists developed a melt-resistant ice cream using polyphenol compounds from strawberries, but never before has a compound been found to improve the creaminess and texture of low-fat ice cream as well.

Melting ice cream cone
Tired of your ice cream dripping all over your hands? Good news: scientists have created a new melt-resistant recipe. The secret? Banana plant fibers.

So Columbian researchers Dr. Robin Zuluaga Gallego and Jorge A. Velásquez Cock teamed with scientists from the University of Guelph in Canada to see what would happen when they added tiny cellulose fibers from the banana plants into an ice cream recipe.  When bananas are harvested, the remaining plant matter is disposed of as waste.  The research team used the microscopic fibers — thousands of times smaller than the width of human hair — from the banana plant stems, or rachis, to slow the melting in ice cream, as well as replace some of the fats used to make the frozen delicacy.

The study found that when mixed with the banana fibers, ice cream melted far slower than the dessert normally does. Even better, the shelf life of the product was longer and the ice cream’s creaminess and texture wasn’t worsened. Velásquez Cock believes their discovery may even lead to a lower-fat ice cream product as the fibers could potentially replace fats used in conventional products.

Healthier product aside, just being able to give ice cream lovers a product that won’t leave their hands sticky and pants stained is good enough.

“Our findings suggest that cellulose nanofibers extracted from banana waste could help improve ice cream in several ways,” explains Gallego in an American Chemical Society media release. “In particular, the fibers could lead to the development of a thicker and more palatable dessert, which would take longer to melt. As a result, this would allow for a more relaxing and enjoyable experience with the food, especially in warm weather.”

This breakthrough could mean big-time changes to a huge industry. The United States alone produced 1.3 billion gallons of ice cream in 2016, according the US Department of Agriculture. On average, each American consumes approximately 23 pounds of ice cream each year.

The research was presented last week at the 255th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.


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  2. I took ice cream sandwiches camping with me years ago and they didn’t melt either. Its call ‘freeze dried’. They sell them in the camping section where the ‘freeze dried’ foods are.

  3. We already have melt proof ice cream. It’s called cheap ice cream — and it tastes like sweetened pork fat.
    I suspect the new stuff will taste like the old stuff with the texture of KY jelly thrown in. I can hardly wait. Yum, yum!

  4. thats just great?….No….so lets get rid of all the real ice cream…although much of it is not real ice cream any way and force every one to have this tasteless cold chemical snack

  5. anybody remember from “Christmas Vacation” Clark Griswald’s Crunch Enahancer varnish for breakfast cereal?

  6. Walmart and other large ice cream makers have already figured out how to make ice cream that doesn’t melt. It’s all fake. No thank you. Ill make my own thanks. I know exactly whats in it and no celluose or other additivesare present

  7. Deceiving headline would lead you to believe the ice cream would remain unmelted throughout the digestive process…

    Look, mumma… frozen poopsicles!

  8. If it melts ever so slowly in warm weather then it is not ice cream. It’s just another bioengineered cancer producing product mimicking ice cream. Stop these experiments already and leave good food alone.

  9. What’s wrong with the regular ice cream? You’ve got plenty of time to eat it before it melts. Even on a hot day.

  10. Sounds like Scientists are discovering what Dairy Queen already learned years ago, for everyone that’s had a DQ Blizzard and didn’t eat it right away, you know it’s going to look, and taste, pretty much the same hours later. It melts a bit, but remarkably little. Learn from the Ice Cream experts, it’ll save you a lot of time and effort 🙂 .

  11. Well, I am allergic to bananas, so will this be listed on the ingredient list? Does being allergic to bananas mean I would be allergic to banana fiber as well?

  12. How about no? Bananas are an allergen to plenty of people, let’s not be putting them where they don’t belong to solve a problem that doesn’t need solving.

  13. Healthier? Right……… Naw, give me the full dairy fat real ice cream. DELICIOUS, and good for you.

    1. I agree. You will of course need to make it yourself in order to obtain. Don’t worry it will be the best you have ever eaten. I suggest you try adding blueberries, delicious!

  14. Heck, you could get this stuff thirty years ago in Israel. They had to develop an ice cream that wouldn’t melt in the heat. And yes, it was truly awful.

  15. Brilliant….an expensive technology laden product which could only be possibly targeted at locales lacking air-conditioning, in other words where they will not pay more for the technology and probably have better local treats made with fresh ice. Clever to claim it’s a benefit to remove fat from ice-cream… flavored ice if that’s the goal…….Ben Renner’s drug dealer probably tells him how awesome it is that he’s cutting his cocaine with banana cellulose, so it’s healthier. Tootin Ben…..not gonna fly.

    1. When was the last time you heard an “anti racist” say that a particular country or population was “Too Black”? That it needed to bring in more non Blacks to promote “Diversity”?

      Have you ever heard an “anti racist” say that?

      Diversity means chasing down every White population until they become acceptably non White.

      Its Geno Cide
      Its Anti White

  16. I’m in my 70’s and never consider there is a problem with pure cream, sugar and cold. I like it just the way it was originally intended. I say hands off MY ice cream.

  17. notice, he attempts to displace MANKIND, with huMANkind. Man is still the predominant word for these snowflake bolsheviks

    1. Well then your dumb ass should stop drinking water, just one more molecule and it’s hydrogen peroxide

    1. It’s only trying to lower cost of production. Less dairy and more waste product added equals more profit

      1. And who cares if it’s bad for people to eat it. Food science, death. Feed your body clean fuel period. I know this personally. I was the typical Western diet. Then cancer said wake up you jerk. Now eating very clean zero processed food science crap. My body is healing itself. Yeah, it can do that!

    2. Riiiiight… cos even ICE CREAM has to be about the Global Warming Hoax!

      If your world, ice cream NEVER melted and dripped all over your kids shirt because this planet is COLD like FOREVER and any chocolate stains on the shirt were just FAKE NEWS.

      So yea. Beyond the context of global warming… Melting ice cream has been a problem since the dawn of…. ice cream.

  18. Ice cream that doesn’t melt would be a great follow up for last nights dinner’s extremely spicy dishes for your morning bowel movement.

  19. I’ve already seen stuff called frozen dairy dessert that basically doesn’t melt, so I always opt for stuff that says ice cream and has an ingredient list that only reads something like: cream, sugar, chocolate.

  20. Freakin leave it alone!!!! ICE CREAM.. Water+32F=ICE you IDIOTS!!! It will melt. Quit jerkin around with our food A$$HOLES

  21. Spray this stuff on the icebergs to keep them from melting. That should shut up all the global warming false alarmists.

    1. and poison our water supply? Lets just send the global warming kooks back to 4th grade science, it debunks the whole global warming bull crap.

  22. we had ‘melt resistant’ ice cream 40 years ago when I was in grade school. it just has so much gelatin in it that it holds it’s shape

    1. Yeah. Keeping ice cream from melting is more important than finding a cure for cancer with these people.

  23. Yeah, that sounds like a great idea. Has anyone read the ingredients in ice cream? It’s already garbage. One is much better off making their own and if you don’t want it to melt, put it back in the freezer!

  24. I kind of tune out when an article writer appears ignorant about fat. You need fat. Your body can’t process vitamins and food without fat. Have fun eating cardboard. Sugars lead to heart disease, not fat content.

    1. I love the assertion that the product is healtheir. Nothing to back that assertion up. I see thi new ice cream hit the shelf, I won’t buy it. Yes I do go into frozen foods for veggies and berries, full stop.

  25. Yep, no clue as to what rhe article is about. This crap has already been around for a few years. There are some videos of this garbage on youtube including whic brands to avoid. In one of these videos, there was a test where several ice cream brands were left out in a dish. Most of them melted. The test was discontinued after twenty one days. All of the ones which melted grew mold in their dish, except the ones which didn’t melt. He mentioned phenol as a binding agent in the article. Phenols are plastics. Who cares if you get them out of strawberries? It boils back down to fake food. Hell, everything else is.

      1. Obviously, your type of chemistry is taking meth or some other type of brain eradicator. Among other things several hundred million tons of plastics are made each year with bpa or BADGE as the building block. I’ll bet that you drink soy milk while you are on drugs. Can’t get it up? No sperm in the tank from all the phenolic acid screwing with your body as endocrine disruptors?

    1. You say that as though the dairy and sugar are not poisons in and of themselves.

      Obesity kills just as easily as cancer. In fact, if obesity doesn’t kill you directly, it leads to all kinds of other health issues that will kill you eventually, including certain kinds of cancers.

      Not saying not to watch out for “chemicals”… Just saying, don’t be fooled by something just because it’s “organic” or “all natural.”

      Chances are, if it’s designed to mimic something with dairy and sugar, it’s got even worse stuff in it.

      Solution? Veggies, fruits, raw nuts, beans and farm-raised meat or hunted meat or fresh caught fish.

  26. It’s horrible and barely different than what Mcdonalds already sells as “ice cream” in its shakes. Its neither ice nor cream. Just a hodgepodge of non-dairy, fibrous, gelatinous goo that can be grown by slave labor, harvested prior to ripeness, processed by machines, irradiated, sterilized and preserved by chemicals so the sewer-like conditions of the factories or the month long boat ride from the third world, enroute to our tables won’t cause food poisoning or toxic disease. Nothing better than good old fashioned full fat ice cream on a summer evening after supper, or after the ball team finishes the game. Avoid the modern fakes.

  27. Willy Wonka already came up with that idea. They must have been the ones who stole the idea from Willy

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