3 Tips That You Can Use to Make Delicious Italian Ice at Home
Three Tips for Making Delicious Italian Ice at Home
Italian Ice is not only delicious, refreshing and fun, but it is also nostalgic. It harkens back to those summer vacations, trips down to the shore, and so much more. Carmen Esposito, owner of La Vita Dolce, has been making his own Italian Ice for more than 40 years, and has been helping others do the same for just as long. Whether you are looking to start your own Italian Ice business or make a sweet dessert for friends and family, these 3 tips will help you make the perfect batch.
- The first ingredient in making Italian Ice is water. H2O provided by your municipality often contains a high content of chlorine, as well as a high mineral count. These substances in the water will alter both the taste of the water and your Italian Ice. Carmen recommends using filtered water, which allows for the full taste of your flavor to come through.
- Another ingredient that you will need to pay close attention to is sugar. Too much or too little can drastically change your finished product and reduce sales, so it’s important to be precise when adding the sweetner. Sugar content can be measured by a refractometer, which measures sugar in brix. On average, your readings should be around the 20-21 brix range. As we mentioned earlier, the sugar has a big impact on your product and business, so be careul not to go overboard. It’s safer to start with less sugar and add extra if needed. More sugar will result in a sweeter Italian Ice, while less will produce a milder flavor. Everyone has their own opinion on how sweet Italian Ice should be, so don't be afraid to experiment!
- If you've ever had Italian Ice, you know that texture is key. Machine sizes vary. No matter what size you have, when you’re making the ice you want to fill the barrel close to capacity. This will limit the amount of air going into your product which could change the texture, and reduces the flavor. Texture can be controlled by adding corn syrup, corn syrup solids or sorbet base. These additions to your formula will produce a nice smooth product.
Making your own Italian Ice at home can be both exciting and rewarding, but will require trial and error. Like all new hobbies and business ventures, practice makes perfect. To speak with an expert, call Carmen Esposito at (215) 550-9963 today!