Spanish physicist creates color-changing ice cream

ice creamManuel Linares, a 37-year-old Spanish physicist, has performed ice alchemy and created an ice cream that changes color as you eat it.

The ice cream, named “Xamaleón,” after the color-shifting chameleon, slowly changes color as it melts. It goes from a periwinkle blue while being scooped, to pink and then purple. Your next lick or bite of this strange frozen delight may result in a different shade of color. The ice cream’s chromatic indecisiveness is a reaction to changes in temperature and acidity. A spray of Linares’ special “elixir” after scooping the ice cream accelerates the process.

Linares insists that the special dessert is all natural. He said, “It was important to me to make sure I only used natural ingredients, so it took a bit longer.” The ice cream’s flavor is a tutti-frutti blend of fruits, including strawberries and bananas, and various other ingredients, like cocoa, almonds, pistachio, vanilla and caramel.

“And as to the trick, I’m not giving out too much detail because the patents are still going through,” said Linares.

The physicist-turned-chef won’t disclose Xamaleón’s creation process, but he does tell of the idea’s origin. Linares took an ice cream-making course at the Hotel BusinessSchool Hoffman in Barcelona, and was assigned with making a new flavor. He shared with his tutor and colleagues his aspirations for a color-changing ice cream, an idea met only with ridicule. “Everyone laughed,” Linares said, “but as a physicist I know that there are various possibilities that might work, and I was delighted when I managed to crack it and create an ice cream that changes color.” Linares actually cites inspiration from Charlie Francis, a British ice cream entrepreneur who invented a glow-in-the-dark ice cream.

Currently, Linares’ own ice cream parlor in Calella de Marhas, Spain is the exclusive home to this chomatophoric confection, and it’s selling like hotcakes. Strange color-changing hotcakes.

Linares’ cold culinary dreams don’t end here. He’s already looking into partners to bring Xamaleón to the rest of the world. He also wants to create a multitude of other creative concoctions, including ice cream that changes from white to pink and ice cream that reacts when exposed to fluorescent and ultraviolet lights.

You can check out a video of this extraordinary dessert’s fantastic properties on the ice cream parlor’s Facebook page.

By Alfredo Dizon, eParisExtra

Paris National Ozone Team Wins Dixie Youth State Championship

baseballThe Paris National Ozone 12-U team, won the championship series and is the first team of any age group below the 14-U to ever win a Dixie Youth State Championship.

The 2010 Paris National team was the state runner up and advanced to the World Series, but this is the first state champion in AA, AAA or Ozone.

The team is currently raising money to travel to the Dixie Youth World Series in Lexington, SC.

The team is holding a Car Wash and Bake Sale on the parking lot of Armstrong McCall and Sandwich Etc on Saturday, August 2nd, 9:00 am to 3:00pm.

They will also have raffle tickets for sale for a 45 quart Yetti Cooler! Drawing will be held at 3:00 pm this Saturday. There will be free hot dogs and lemonade for the first 100 people who either pay for a car wash or give a cash donation.

Those interested in supporting or contributing to their travel expenses can contact the Paris Optimist Club at 903-517-6593

City rejects bid for water, sewer line replacement

Shawn Napier

Shawn Napier

The Paris City Council has rejected the only bid it received for replacement of water and sewer lines in west Paris.

The bid of $7.4 million came from Speiss Construction Co. for 54,000 feet (about 10 miles) of water and sewer line replacement. Consulting firm AECOM recommended rejecting the bid because the firm did not seem to have sufficient experience in this kind of project.

The next step, according to Engineering Director Shawn Napier, is to break the job up into smaller pieces.

Market research shows the “sweet spot” in getting competing bids right now seems to be the $3.5 million to $4.5 million range, he said. Larger projects have higher overhead and fewer companies want to bid on them. The idea would be to stagger the jobs so the timeline would remain the same.

Councilman AJ Hashmi suggested going the other way and combining this phase with the next one to make a larger project.
The council is expected to discuss the matter at its next meeting.

In other business, the City Council:

  • Tabled action on an agreement with First United Methodist Church on the proposed spray park.
  • Directed Godwin to continue working with the Valley of the Caddo Museum as it tries to open in the old depot in October, but to bring any major changes to the council. Of particular concern is a set of structural changes that would move a restroom and widen up work space.

North Lamar ISD Hires New Superintendent

John McCullough

John McCullough

During Monday night’s board meeting, the North Lamar ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to hire John McCullough as the new superintendent.

John McCullough was the superintendent at Sulphur Bluff ISD for the past two years and will be replacing longtime NLISD Superintendent James Dawson.

Council receives investigation report, PEDC chair urges care in releasing to public


Stephen Grubbs

PEDC Chairman Stephen Grubbs hand-delivered a copy of the Paris Economic Development Corp. investigation report to the City Council meeting Monday, carrying it in a box used for a case of copy paper. He also delivered some advice: Be careful in releasing the report to the public.

“There may be information contained in these documents that is protected under state law, not to mention things that could be used for identity theft,” he said, adding that he had discussed the matter with attorney Jeff Moore of Richardson, who has done work for PEDC before. “As I turn this information over to the City Council, I ask that you, too, ask the advice of legal counsel before you release this information.”

Grubbs also asked for a joint session between the PEDC and council to meet with investigator Danny Defenbaugh, which Mayor Matt Frierson said seems “plausible.” Councilman AJ Hashmi said it needs to happen as soon as possible “so it’s fast rather than continued agony.”

“I think the whole community has been waiting for it over and over,” he said. “Whatever process can be done to speed it up and be done with it would be a better choice.”

City Clerk Janice Ellis and PEDC Interim Director Shannon Barrentine will coordinate a special session before the next council session.

“I believe he’s said he’s already used the $50,000,” Mayor Pro-Tem Richard Grossnickle said. “If he’s not paid, is he going to come?”

Hashmi said he was “disturbed” by Grubb’s statements that he wanted to correct and possibly redact portions of the report.

“I’m disappointed to hear the chairman of a board wants to correct or change a report,” he said. “If there was an investigation and it found nothing wrong, why would there need to be redacting?”

Redacting – the process of blacking out portions of information released to the public – is only allowed for information such as Social Security numbers, personal contact information and medical information, he said.

“What I meant was we were going to follow the process for open records requests,” Grubbs said. “My advisement was we needed to review this information with legal counsel before we release the information.”

Councilwoman Sue Lancaster said she wanted the information released to the public as soon as possible.

“The people paid for this,” she said. “So far, I can’t see they’ve gotten a lot for their money.”

Hashmi also brought up PEDC’s bylaws, which state the city is to be reimbursed for legal services provided by the city attorney.

“We have never been compensated for legal services or accounting services. Previous councils have discussed it, but they have never chosen to do that,” City Finance Director Gene Anderson said. “It’s allowed, but it’s not required.”

If that part of the bylaws could be ignored, Hahsmi said, what else could?

In other business:

  • The council approved PEDC’s amended 2013-2014 budget, although Hashmi said someone on the PEDC board had a conflict of interest and should not have been involved in the discussion or vote. He would not say who the board member was or where the conflict came from.
  • Council members also approved the proposed 2014-2015 budget. Lancaster expressed concern that it is a very tight budget without a lot of room for error.