Maybe we’re spoiled. Maybe we forget that part of experiencing things means experiencing them in their entirety, not picking and choosing only the parts we want. Feel like heading to the county fair this summer? That’s cool, but be ready to wait in line next to hairy, sweaty folk in various states of undress. Craving ice cream? Fine, but only if you can scarf down the whole cone in less than ten minutes flat, lest you wind up with a fistful of soggy dairy soup.
Still, it seems science is dedicated to making life so much easier and so much better for us by creating these clever little ice cream bon bons that won’t melt in our hands. They’re called WikiPearls and they’re basically donut hole-sized ice cream balls wrapped in specialized edible membranes that prevent them from melting for up to eight hours. For anyone who’s been to an Asian restaurant or grocery store, that means these guys are pretty much like those green tea ice cream mochi balls, but with a much longer shelf life.
Currently being served at the WikiBar near the Louvre in Paris, the WikiPearls come in three different flavors: mango in coconut skin, chocolate in hazelnut skin and vanilla in peanut skin. Simple and sweet and hopefully enough to make you miss the mess, because that’s how ice cream should be.