When times are tough, there are certain things you can fall back on. Little presents you can give yourself that may not solve any problems, but will at least make you feel a little more zen about the whole thing. When it comes to the summer, with weeks of blazing rays and little respite from the boiling heat, you need something to cool you down.
While my go-to choice in recent years has been iced coffee of any sort, for those not as obsessed with caffeine as me, you might choose something sweeter. Ice cream is obviously the choice of the summer, but it's not exactly snack material when you're grabbing it from your own freezer. Which is where the ice cream sandwich comes in.
The ice cream sandwich is a weird concoction, but an ingenious one nonetheless. I mean, there is a reason that kids go crazy over these quick sweet treats. All this talk has me itching to go out and stock up my fridge with as many of them as possible. Or at least, I would do, if it wasn't for the testimony of one Mary Salter, who noticed something strange about an ice cream sandwich she bought recently.
Mary, a woman from New South Wales in Australia, made a shocking discovery last week. After buying a pack of ice cream sandwiches at Coles Supermarket, which sells them at $3 for a pack of four, giving one to her grandson. He split the sandwich into two and threw them both, with one half landing on the lawn and the other landing on the cement driveway.
Mary thought she would leave the food for animals or even insects to eat, but found that none of them would go near it at all ... not exactly the biggest compliment the animal kingdom can pay to your snack. Yet things get even weirder when she left it out for a further experiment. She eventually found that after four days in 26°C heat, the ice cream hadn't even melted. Mary posted on the Facebook page of the supermarket to get some answers.
This isn't the first time this kind of controversy has arisen. In 2014, Walmart faced the same question after a televised melting test found that their ice cream sandwich did not melt in the sun. "Ice cream melts based on the ingredients including cream," a Walmart spokesperson said, "Ice cream with more cream will generally melt at a slower rate, which is the case with our Great Value ice cream sandwiches."
Eventually, Mary's post went viral, and various publications brought it to the internet, who weren't exactly enthused about this revelation:
In an official statement, a spokesperson for the supermarket said:
"Our ice cream sandwiches make use of very simple, commonly-used food techniques that help slow the melting process, and allows you to consume it without it falling apart in your hands. This technique includes adding thickener to the cream, creating a honeycomb-like structure which helps to slow the melting process. When the product starts to melt and liquid evaporates, you are left with what appears as foam."
While we don't know exactly what these techniques and additives do to our bodies besides slowing the melting process down, it does make a degree of sense. After all, who wants an ice cream sandwich to collapse when it's still in your hand?
If you're looking for an alternative to the ice cream sandwich, which may be looking a lot less appealing now, you should check out these new ice cream donuts.