Italian Ice: Cooking series with SSG Sadler -Part 12b

Cool off on a warm day with Italian Ice.

Do you like old classics? The perfect classic treat is Italian Ice. This sweet refreshment also has a large historical background that Michigan State University Extension will take a closer look at.

Italian ice dates back to the Roman times.  It is rumored that the emperors during the hottest months would send people to the mountains to bring back some of the snow that had fallen.  The snow would then be mixed with seasonal fruits and honey. This started the craze for the delicious treat we now know today.  

In 1932, Filippo Italiano began selling frozen treats from a pushcart which was very popular in his native land of Italy.  This would later start the movement known as “Italian Ice.”    

Italian ice is enjoyed not only by children, but also by adults.  It is sold at carnivals, fairs and other events that are committed to putting a smile on the faces of people who love them. 

Although there isn’t much nutritional value, it is a fun snack to have. You can also learn about another recipe to cool off with by MSU Extension.

Take a closer look at how to make a fun, frozen Italian ice. 

Italian Ice
Makes 4 servings

3 cups fruit of your choice (strawberries, mangos or pineapple)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey


  • In a blender mix fruit, sugar, honey and lemon juice with 3 cups of ice.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Place mixture into a glass casserole dish.  Freeze for 35 minutes. 
  • Mix the contents around and refreeze for 1 hour. 
  • Scoop out the Italian ice into a dish.
  • Enjoy

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