Italian Ice in an Ice Cream Machine

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Learn how to make this easy blood orange Italian ice topped with fresh fruit! This easy recipe is made in an ice cream machine with a can of blood orange soda!

Homemade Italian ice topped with fresh fruit

I am so excited about this easy Italian ice recipe. It’s perfectly refreshing and a great treat in the hot Summer months. 

Blood oranges are probably one of the top fruits I crave. When I lived in Italy I would grab blood oranges at my local open air market and they were perfectly sweet and so satisfying.

I then went to Capri and had a blood orange Italian ice (kind of like a slushy) and it tasted like heaven.

This version is a quick and easy way to make Italian ice with just a few ingredients. I use an Italian soda that is flavored with real fruit. Let’s dive into variations, what you will need, and how to make this delicious recipe.

Italian ice topped with fresh fruit

What is Italian Ice:

Italian ice is a semi-frozen treat made with fruit and usually is slightly sweetened with the addition of sugar.

So what is the difference between Italian ice and other semi frozen desserts? They sound pretty similar right?

Here are the differences between sorbet, sherbet, granita and Italian ice. They are all very similar and made with fruit, but do have noticeable differences. If you want to learn more about this check out the More Momma Cooking School where we focus on this for a full month in our cooking class. 

Sorbet:

Semi frozen dessert made with fruit juice or flavored water and sugar.

Sherbet:

Semi frozen dessert made with fruit juice, sugar and dairy

Granita:

Flavored water ice that is scraped into crystals to create a coarser texture.

Italian Ice:

Semi frozen dessert made with fruit juice (sometimes concentrates, purees or juices).

Flavor Variations:

This recipe is so versatile and can be made with any flavored fruit based soda or fruit juice. I like to use concentrated fruit juices to intensify the flavor.

flavor ideas for italian ice in an ice cream machine

Topping variations are equally as versatile. You can use any fresh fruit you like or you can even drizzle this dish with caramel sauce, sweetened condensed milk or cream.

 

Lemon: Lemon flavored San Pellegrino, drizzle with honey to top

Orange: Orange flavored San Pellegrino, Fresh orange segments to top

Apple: Use Izzies apple soda instead of san Pellegrino, top with fresh green apples and a drizzle with caramel

Pomegranate: Use Izzie pomegranate soda, top with fresh pomegranate seeds

Blackberry: Use Izzie blackberry soda, top with fresh blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries

Pineapple: Use pineapple juice, top with fresh pineapple and strawberries

pineapple italian ice with fresh strawberries and whipped cream

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda
  • Blood Oranges
  • Green Grapes
  • Banana
  • Lime Juice and Zest

How To Make Italian Ice In An Ice Cream Machine:

This recipe is as straight forward as you can get. Here is how to make Italian ice in an ice cream machine. 

  1. Place soda into a frozen ice cream maker bowl (you want to make sure it has been frozen for 24 hours). Turn on for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the slushy from the ice cream machine and serve in bowls with your desired toppings.

Other Frozen Treats To Try:

Lemon Cookie Ice Cream

DIY Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream in a Bag for Kids

S’mores Gelato with Creamy Nutella

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

Recipe:

Homemade Italian ice topped with fresh fruit

Italian Ice

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Refreshingly sweet and satisfying Italian ice topped with fresh fruit is the perfect Summer treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cans San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda or Flavor of Choice
  • 2 Blood Oranges, Segmented
  • 1 Cup Green Grapes, Sliced in Half
  • 1 Banana, Sliced
  • 1 Lime Zested

Instructions

    1. Place the soda into a frozen ice cream maker bowl (you want to make sure it has been frozen for 24 hours). Turn on for 10 minutes.
    2. Scoop the Italian ice from the ice cream machine and serve in bowls.
    3. Top with fresh fruit of choice and lime zest.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g

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