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This Woman's Ice Cream Sandwich Didn't Melt And People Are Perplexed

I am equally perplexed and disgusted.

Ah, the humble ice cream sandwich. A perfect year-round treat that gives you two of life's greatest pleasures: biscuits and ice cream.

It's a rare example of an ice cream you can eat with your hands, without getting it all over yourself.

Have you ever actually wondered why it doesn't melt everywhere? Well, one Aussie woman left a piece of an ice cream sandwich outside for four days...and it still didn't melt.

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In this post on Coles' Facebook page, Mary Salter had a few questions about why the hell their "ice cream" doesn't melt.

Basically, Mary's grandson left half an ice cream sandwich on the grass, and she left it there assuming it would be eaten by animals or insects, or just melt into the ground. Well. "After four days in 26-degree [ºC] heat on cement it has not melted and nothing has volunteered to eat it," she wrote.

This is what it looked like on Monday afternoon, untouched for three days.

Mary Salter

Mary told BuzzFeed that, as of Wednesday afternoon, "The ice cream has still not melted but the elements have just about destroyed the biscuit."

It seemed pretty weird to us that ice cream would stay unmelted for four days. Did Mary somehow get a dud? We decided we should conduct our own experiment with the same product.


And, whaddaya know, ours didn't melt either!

After a while, the biscuit and "ice cream" became really soft but retained their shape. Then a gross, sticky, thick liquid started seeping out from underneath the sandwich.


We even took the biscuit off another bar, just in case it contained some magical ingredient designed to keep the ice cream cool. But the same gross liquid seepage happened after a couple hours.


In a reply to Mary via Facebook private message, Coles told her: "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. These techniques include 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."

Mary isn't really impressed with the amount of chemicals added to the ice cream: "Look out, lounge suite! Nothing I would like better to eat than foam. Could rename them 'Coles Foam Favourites'."


Here are the ingredients, for anyone interested.


Brb off to eat a Foam Favourite.


BuzzFeed has reached out to Coles for comment.