Italian ice

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Italian ice
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Italian ice in a paper cup
Alternative names Water ice
Course Dessert
Place of origin Italy
Main ingredients Water, fruit (concentrate, juice or purée)
Cookbook: Italian ice  Media: Italian ice

Italian ice (also known as water ice in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley) is a sweetened frozen dessert made with fruit (often from concentrates, juices or purées) or other natural or artificial food flavorings, similar to sorbet.[1][2] Water ice is not shaved ice that is flavored; rather, it is made by the same process by which ice cream is made: freezing the ingredients while mixing them. Italian ice is similar to sorbet, but differs from American-style sherbet in that it does not contain dairy or egg ingredients, though it may contain egg white.[1] Common flavors include blue raspberry, cherry, lemon, mango, orange, strawberry, and watermelon, with numerous other flavors available. It is believed to be derived from the Sicilian granita,[3] a related dessert which may have been brought by immigrants to the United States.


Water ices are defined in US law as a food of minimal nutritional value.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Cornetto, the Italian ice cream cone
  • Granita, a Sicilian preparation made of partially frozen water, flavorings, and sometimes sugar
  • Gelato, the Italian style of ice cream


  1. ^ a b U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. Accessed 9 June 2011.
  2. ^ "What's in the Ice Cream Aisle?". International Dairy Foods Association. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  3. ^ Bienenstock, David (August 20, 2015). "The Best Italian Ice Is Frozen in Time". Munchies. Vice Media. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  4. ^ "Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value". Appendix B of 7 CFR Part 210. Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 2017-08-04.