A History of Italian Ice


And how one New Jersey family has preserved this sweet Sicilian tradition state-side.

This article, written by David Bienenstock, appears on Munchies.

The Best Italian Ice Is Frozen in Time

On a long, hot summer day precisely one hundred years ago, Caterina Di Cosmo grew nostalgic for her hometown in Italy. She decided to try beating the heat by recreating the granitas (granular blends of sugar, ice, and flavoring) she so fondly remembered from her childhood back in the old country. Made not by adding flavor to ice, but by freezing a liquid concoction while mixing it, granitaslike many popular frozen desserts—originated in Sicily, and have since spread around the world.

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