Black Ice Cream Has Arrived And It's Pretty Wild-Looking

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Black is usually not a very summery color. Sunny yellow, orange-y peach, baby blue, and lime green scream summer colors. Yellow makes you feel warm. Orange is for the sunsets you wish you had a romantic partner to experience them with.

Baby blue is for the frosting on the cake of the fifth baby shower you've attended alone this summer. They are soft, light, and happy colors.

But black? Black is dark and suffocating. Not at all a summer-y color. It is the perfect color to represent your soul. And now your ice cream, too.  

People avoid wearing black or other dark colors in the summer because it makes them feel warmer than usual. This is because dark colors absorb white light, which is then converted to other forms of energy, such as heat.

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"The darker the object, the better it emits heat because it’s a better absorber of light."

But this delectable treat will not make you feel warmer. Instead, it will cool you off during a sweltering summer day. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream, an ice cream parlor in New York City, whipped up this inky black dessert. Take a look:

At first glance, it doesn't really look that appetizing. What flavor can black ice cream be, exactly? And how is it different from simply taking vanilla ice cream and mixing it with black dye? Well, as it turns out, there's more to this black ice cream than meets the eye.

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However, this isn't the first black ice cream in existence.

Others have existed before made from squid ink, sesame seeds, dark chocolate, and dye. But thankfully, Morgensten's ice cream is made from none of those ingredients. No hate to squid ink, but sometimes you just want some good old-fashioned ice cream without any ingredients from the sea.

Instead, the ice cream is made from the burned and processed remains of a coconut shell. Basically, coconut ash gives the ice cream a coconut-y flavor while maintaining its ominously dark color. 

A lot of people say that you eat with your eyes, but this probably won't be one of those times.

The black ice cream looks really cool, but you would never expect your ice cream to be black in the first place. It might throw you through a loop when you take a lick and you taste the coconut flavors.

Only, you might want to eat it a little quicker, who knows how much faster that scoop will melt now!

Well, it definitely sounds more appetizing than Japan's squid ink burger, and it's definitely up there on the list of black-colored foods to try out. 

Everyone should think about trying it out because we hear the color black is always the new black. 

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Caithlin Pena is an editor for YourTango who enjoys books, movies, and writes about astrology and lifestyle topics.