Italian Ice

When Americans hear the term Italian Ice, they are are as likely to envision gourmet snow cones as they are to think gelato or sorbet.

Let’s clear up these misconceptions and therefore enhance your culinary savvy.

Italian Ice Flavoring

Italian Ice Flavoring

First of all, Italian Ice is closer to being like sorbet because it contains no milk or eggs. Italian Ice might contain egg whites (not  a requirement) and be made in the same method of freezing the ingredients while mixing them like the process for making ice cream, but it is very far away from being ice cream much less gelato. Italian Ice is made from fruit juices or purées which makes it more similar to sorbet.

You will find Italian Ices in a variety of flavors which include blue berry, raspberry, cherry, lemon, mango, orange, strawberry, and watermelon. Actually, the range of flavors is limited only by the creative palate of the maker.

We are Italian by birth and have no idea how the word Italian became attached to these summer treats. Perhaps it came from Italian immigrants who used their knowledge for making gelato and sorbet with their lack of dairy products due to the economic times in the early 1900s. It is anybody’s guess. Yes, the product is much superior to snow cones or shaved ice, but it is in no way in the same league as gelato.

We at Roma’s Gelato do proudly offer premium quality gelato, sorbet, gelato cakes and gelato pops. With this large selection, there is no need for Italian Ice.

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