Homemade popsicle filter: why does melted popsicle taste better than frozen popsicle?
Boyfriend and I are having a dispute. Oh popsicle
of Ask Metafilter, perhaps you can help?
Yesterday we bought a set of these No-Spill Sip-A-Pop Ice Pop Popsicle Molds
and filled them with lemonade made from concentrate. Today as we were eating our popsicles we noticed that the melted liquid we could sip through the handy sip-a-pop straw (located in the plastic handle, below the body of the popsicle itself) tasted more lemonade-y than the frozen parts of the popsicle.
My theory: ice dulls your tastebuds, so the frozen parts of the popsicle taste less intense than the melted lemonade. Both the frozen and melted parts of the popsicle are essentially the same stuff.
His theory: the concentrate has a lower melting point than the water itself, so the melted concentrate trickles down to the handle first, leaving the water behind in the frozen popsicle. The melted liquid is less diluted than the frozen part.
Another possible but jointly-agreed-upon-to-be-unlikely theory: the concentrate somehow floats to the top of the popsicle during freezing, making it closer to the handle during consumption, meaning it melts first and tastes stronger.