Italian ice

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

Italian ice 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] Italian ice is similar to sorbet and snow cones, but differs from American-style sherbet in that it does not contain dairy or egg ingredients, though it may contain egg white.[1] It is likely derived from the Sicilian granita,[3] a related dessert which may have been brought by Italian immigrants to the United States. Common flavors include blue raspberry, cherry, lemon, mango, orange, strawberry, watermelon, and blackberry with numerous other flavors available.

Italian ice is also known as water ice in the Philadelphia metropolitan area (i.e. the Delaware Valley and South Jersey). Like Italian ice, water ice is similarly derived from granita brought to Philadelphia by Italian immigrants. Although there is significant overlap and near synonymity between the two terms, water ice has also been described as a specific type of Italian ice originating in Philadelphia, or a "variation on the more broadly-accepted Italian ice."[4]

Nutrition[edit]

Except when made from fruit or fruit juice, Italian ice is defined in US law as a food of minimal nutritional value.[5]

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ Von Bergen, Jane M. "What water ice teaches us about the world". Philly.com. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value". www.fns.usda.gov. Appendix B of 7 CFR Part 210. Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 2017-08-04.