We鈥檙e nearing聽the end of summer, and while that may mean it鈥檚 time to say TTYL to聽bathing suits and pool parties, it doesn鈥檛 mean you gotta throw up those聽deuces to ice cream indulgences聽anytime soon.聽But even though it鈥檚 totally cool (cool for the winter?) to treat yourself to the frozen desserts throughout the seasons that aren鈥檛 summer, ice cream will聽still聽typically mess with you and melt from the cone and down your hand even if temps outside aren鈥檛聽85+ degrees.

Good news: The need to consume scoops faster, resulting in stomach aches/sugar highs, could be cured thanks to a team of scientists who believe they have found the secret to producing ice cream that doesn鈥檛 melt. *Crosses fingers, toes, eyes, etc.*

non melting ice cream cone

A team of scientists based at聽Scotland鈥檚 University of Edinburgh recently shared their discovery and testing of a naturally occurring protein that is melt-resistant. NO MORE STICKY FINGERS, YOU GUYS!

That protein is called聽BslA, and it adheres to fat droplets and air bubbles, which makes them more stable in a mixture like ice cream. By binding air, fat and water in ice cream, the resulting dessert is super smooth and heat resistant (and just as tasty), meaning you can actually sit by the pool or jacuzzi and enjoy that double scoop at a glacial pace if you want.

non melting ice cream

The protein also has聽other benefits besides preventing instantly dripping ice cream cones. Because the moisture is locked in, those ice crystals that tend to form聽when you鈥檝e got a pint or two shoved in the back of your freezer for a while would not happen聽any longer. Better yet,聽ice cream could be produced with lower saturated fat levels 鈥 and calories 鈥 meaning the guilty pleasure聽wouldn鈥檛 result in as much guilt in the future. Unless you finish that half-gallon, of course ;)

Now for the bad news. Ice cream with this frozen treat-altering protein won鈥檛 hit shelves and ice cream-serving locales for another three to five years. So until then, make sure you鈥檝e got napkins and hand sanitizer at the ready.

What are your thoughts about non-melting ice cream? Share them with us in the comments.