TAMPA (CBS Tampa) – As we near the end of summer, it’s time to look back at our fondest memories: lying on the beach, outdoor festivals, trying to eat an ice cream cone before it melts all over your hand.

Well, that last memory may become a memory itself.

Researchers in the United Kingdom have created a protein that could keep ice cream solid for longer, even on the hottest days, reports The Telegraph.

They say the new ingredient should create a more robust ice cream that will stay frozen for longer in hot weather.

The recipe is based on a naturally occurring protein that holds together the air, fat and water in ice cream. That helps make the mixture more stable and prevents melting.

Lead researcher Cait MacPhee with the University of Edinburgh said the possibilities are limitless.

“We’re excited by the potential this new ingredient has for improving ice cream, both for consumers and for manufacturers,” MacPhee said.

They estimate the ice cream could be on store shelves in the next three to five years.

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