A Pykrete Based Non-Melting (Very Slow Melting) Popsicle

September 13, 2018

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These are a couple shots and a timelapse of a popsicle created by 'London food design agency Bombas and Parr' using a pykrete inspired recipe to prevent melting. Traditional pykrete (links to Wikipedia) contains about 14% wood fiber (ie sawdust), and was originally developed during World War II with the intention of building giant floating runways in the ocean (which never saw fruition). It's significantly stronger than regular ice, and more similar to concrete. And, thanks to its low thermal conductivity, melts much slower than plain ice. In the case of this popsicle, an edible fruit fiber has been substituted for the sawdust, although I've found sawdust plenty edible itself in the past. Also, I thought melting was part of what made popsicles, popsicles. I like it all soft and goopy. I don't want it all hard on my teeth, and certainly nothing like concrete. You know what, I think I'll just have a milkshake instead. "Is that all?" Make it two, and the half-gallon size, please. "Is that all?" And six foot-long chili cheese dogs. "And is that all?" Listen, if you're hoping I'm going ask for your number it's not gonna happen.

Keep going for the timelapse, which represents an hour at 24°C (~75°F).

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Thanks again to K Diddie, who agrees the best two popsicle treats are rocket-pops and orange creamsicle bars, but not in that order.

  • GeneralDisorder

    SIMPSONS DID IT!!!

    Well, not this specific thing but:

    Lisa: Come on, Mom. You still have twenty minutes left. You can fix it.
    Marge: You're right! If I can feed a family of five for $12 a week, I can do anything.
    Lisa: You feed us on $12 a week?
    Marge: I stretch your father's meatloaf with sawdust.

  • Irina Abramovich

    <3 Hubree says kitten/cat shaped popsicles would be purrfect for cooling off after a run through the neighborhood!

  • Auntie Mumpsimus

    True story, as far as any cute war anecdote can be believed to be true: when Churchill and other world leaders were introduced to pykrete as a possible aid to the war effort, they shot it to prove it was bulletproof (and wow, those are bulletproof popsicles! There's a cockamamie Stranger Things plot point waiting to happen). It had been a particularly tense day on the Allied front, and the aide-de-camp exclaimed, "Good Lord, they're shooting at each other!" and broke down the door of the conference room. Ah, wartime.

    Also, looks like Geekologie's message is spreading: https://twitter.com/anniemi...

  • Douchy McDouche

    That pic with the girl and flame torch is like the opening scene from a snuff film.

  • Yea that first pic is problematic at best.

  • Eric Ord

    C-C-C-C-CUET GRIL!!!

  • Jenness

    I'm not convinced this tastes good or is in any way good for one's body.

    But it might do for some medical use one day - just not food.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Why do people care about these as Popsicles?? They are clearly more useful to the human race as protective face masks to be used against blow torches!!

  • The_Wretched

    So high fiber popsicles?

  • Bling Nye

    Or 'melt in your butt, not in your hand' buttplugs. Either way.

  • Fartbutt

    Phew I thought I was the only one who used popsicles as buttplugs

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    there are Dozens of us, DOZENS!

  • The_Wretched

    I will neither admit or deny to popsicle action.

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