Lick Me I'm Delicious was dreamt up by award winning food inventor Charlie Harry Francis. He grew up on an ice cream farm in the depths of South Wales with his Dad, the ice cream maker, and his Mum, an incredible baker and confectionary maker. He wanted a way of combining these two skills to make delicious custom ice cream creations, right in front of people's eyes.
The first ice cream contraption was born in 2011, forged in the freezing fires of mount ice cream, it is the portable nitro ice cream parlour. Top secret construction of the second contraption experiment was completed in December 2012 with the launch of the World's first ever nitro ice cream buggy - honk. As we speak, top secret martial art engineers are working on the next contraption which is mind bogglingly amazing and we can't wait to show it to your all but it's not quite ready yet.
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FRIDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2013
So that was a crazy couple of weeks, what started out as a bit of a ice cream science for our Halloween mailer all went a bit Gangham style as the photo of me pulling a silly face started appearing all over the place, making me look like some crazy ice cream stalker. Here's a photo of some newspapers my Mum collected together;
The next day was even crazier when America picked it up and asked me to do an interview for Fox news. It was a business interview so I dressed up smart and serious and waffled and baffled, check it out, it's pretty funny;
Then it went truly bonkers and was covered by Time Magazine, National Geographic, Bloomburg, Huffington Post, ABC, CBS, Mashable, Geekologie, The Pakistan Times and of course Marine Boating Monthly. Truly fun times, my favourite coverage by far though is from these guys at Supergeekstream, for their unashamed inaccuracies, storytelling genuis and insistence at not using the words Lick Me I'm Delicious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No7_YOGAMLc
THURSDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2013
This was a cool little video that The Telegraph shot in our workshop featuring the Whizzbang Buggy and some of our other contraptions. It's quite serious and businessey, but it does feature a man in a top hat squeaking a horn, so that diffuses the sentiment somewhat. Enjoy!
MONDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2013
The Year - 2013
The Place - London
The Thing that we're talking about in this movie title sort of way - The Experimental Food Society's Annual Spectacular fun time
So it was that time of year again where we all don our creative and more elaborate hats and gather together for a big mash pile of food art, tech and experiments and it was a good one this year with Sugar Corgis, Macaroni bridges, breathable tea and of course broccoli bread. Here's a meadow made from sugar;
One of my personal favourites was the marmite portrait gallery where you could get your face edibly immortalised (well, until you ate it) onto a piece of marmite on toast. Here's my marmite mugshot;
And the incredible Fernando Laposse who made a working camera out of sugar and squid;
I spent my time making glow in the dark fire extinguisher ice cream pottery and we had one of our contraptions making delicious little salted whisky caramel ice cream chocolate shots which went down very well. Big thanks to Food Crafters for the pics. Congrats to the amazing team at the Experimental Food Society for organising another awesome get together, have an ice cream.
TUESDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2013
Check out this for a piece of epic cinematographic genius;
It was produced by the outrageously talented people at Mr & Mrs Productions who are camera ninjas and first in line for the oscars if I ever have any sway with the nominations. Look them up if you're getting married or if you have a million pounds you should get them to film you every day to make your life look suitably cinematic.
WEDNESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2013
Boo it's Halloween. So we decided to work on this quite a few months ago when we found this amazing scientist from China who has managed to synthesise the luminescence protein from jellyfish. Naturally we wanted to have a go with some of the stuff, so we ordered some, played around and eventually made this;
But what on earth is it??? It's glow in the dark jellyfish ice cream using calcium activated proteins that react when they are agitated, or to put it a non sciencey way, it glows when you lick it. It's also pretty insanely expensive stuff, we worked out each scoop is coming out at around £140, dam those big bucks jellyfish. Is it safe to eat? Well I tried some and I don't seem to be glowing anywhere, so we'll go with a yes for now. We've also made a non-jellyfish version using quinine from tonic to make a glow in the UV dark gin and tonic sorbet which is pretty neat and can be ordered from all good Lick Me I'm Delicious event contraptions.
Next we're working on an invisibile ice cream. Any scientists or magicians out there who think they can help, please get in touch.
MONDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2013
We launched a new bit of the site last week, it's pretty exciting because it's an area that I get to mess around with machines and also make a mess generally. It's called the Edible Inventor and it's got a logo and everything;
Yes, but what's on there? An actual video of me making Soup in an actual Washing Machine, what more could you want?
Yes, but what's it for? Who knows. But we're going to be adding lots more videos on there so hopefully it will all make sense at some point. It's also a direct link into the spanner wielding screwdriver eating grinder cooking happenings in into our food workshop, so that's fun. Enjoy!