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A Taste of My Childhood: Itsa Italian Ice in the Summer

Ah summer.  I love you.  I really really love you.  It’s not that I don’t like the winter, I like the winter too, but after last winter, I am doubly celebrating and enjoying this summer. It’s not been too hot or humid here in good old New England which has been lovely.

Anyway…the summer always reminds me of my childhood and brings back memories of time spent at the pool, sleeping in, summer camp and fun times with my family and friends. We never had a real agenda or plan.  The only requirement for summer was to have fun.

One of the most fondest memories I have is of the Itsa truck coming around our neighborhood and delivering what can only be described as the best summer treat in the entire universe:  Italian Ice.

Mmm…deliciousness in a paper cup!

So what is Italian Ice?  Well, it’s frozen fruit and fruit juice that’s been made in such a way that’s both creamy and smooth yet it has no dairy! It’s not like a granita or a slurpy. It’s not like ice cream.  It’s really one of the most amazing summer treats imaginable.  You seriously have to try it! I have many sweet sweet memories of eating Italian Ice with my brother in the front yard of our house on many hot and sweltering summer days in Albuquerque.

About a week ago, I started to long for that taste of my childhood in the biggest way, but didn’t know where to find Italian Ice here in New England.  As a result, I got out my ice cream maker, did a few searches on the Google, found a recipe and went to town.

So far, I’ve made strawberry, lemon and pineapple itsa’s.  I’ve tweaked the recipe to make them not only delicious, but healthy too.  You gotta love that!

Here are my recipes for delicious Itsa  Italian Ice 🙂

Lemon Italian Ice
4 – 5 lemons, juiced (need 2/3 cup of juice)
1/2 Cup of sugar, dissolved in
1 1/2Cups of hot water
1 Egg White, beaten to stiff peaks

Let water/juice mixture cool, then mix in beaten egg white.  Freeze in ice cream maker.  I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker and it takes about 45 minutes to get really thick.  Remove from ice cream maker and freeze in freezer safe bowl for a minimum of 4 hours.

Strawberry Italian Ice
2 1/2 Cups Strawberry Puree
Sugar to taste, completely dissolved in strawberry puree
1 Egg White, beaten to stiff peaks

Mix all ingredients together. Freeze in ice cream maker. Remove from ice cream maker and freeze in a freezer safe bowl for a minimum of 4 hours.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make these Italian ices.  You will just have to freeze them in a pan and stir and/or break up the ices as they freeze.  OH and if you are put off by putting a raw egg white in these, you can buy pasteurized eggs and use them or omit the egg white completely.  The ices won’t be as creamy, but they will still be delicious.