The insane rainbow food trend that has taken over your Instagram feed doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. There have been rainbow bagels, rainbow burgers, rainbow grilled cheese, rainbow lattes, and even rainbow sushi. Now, one New York ice cream shop just might have created the summertime foil to these technicolored foods: jet-black ice cream.
Morgernstern's Finest Ice Cream shop in New York City has created an inky black ice cream that will counteract your rainbow food hangover. Black foods are often colored with squid ink or sesame seeds, but Morgernstern's flavor—which will be available starting May 25—utilizes a surprising special ingredient you've probably never tried before: coconut ash.
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What is coconut ash? "It's simply the charred and processed remains of a coconut shell," founder Nick Morgernstern tells Mic. The ash is another form of activated charcoal, a current darling of the health food scene, which has gained popularity due to its purported detoxifying powers. The ice cream gets it tone solely from the organic charcoal, which "has been charred and processed with high heat so that it behaves like a filter," according to Morgernstern.