How to Make Italian Ice at Home? 3 Best Recipes!

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Here are the best recipes for banana pineapple Italian Ice, strawberry mango Italian Ice, and lemon Italian Ice. We also provide a YouTube video for each recipe.

The best and most reviving summertime treat to make is sweet, tangy homemade Italian ice.

Italian ice is typically made with readily available ingredients, such as water, granulated sugar (or, in this case, honey), fresh fruit, and occasionally a splash of lemon juice to help balance out all of the sweetness. Italian ice is similar to Philadelphia’s traditional summer treat, water ice, which uses similar ingredients.

Banana Pineapple Italian Ice


This Italian ice is a simple frozen dessert that has no additional sugar, making it perfect for hot summer days. Music to my ears!

  • Unsweetened apple juice – Don’t forget to select the option without added sugar. That is how we manage to keep the recipe from being too sweet and low in calories!
  • Mashed ripe bananas – About four medium-sized, ripe bananas are required.
  • Unsweetened crushed pineapple -When adding, don’t drain these to preserve the juice’s sweet, fruity flavor!
  • Lemon juice – Use freshly squeezed if you can.
  • Vanilla bean paste – One of the recipes I frequently make calls for vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. I adore how the vanilla bean is visible throughout the dessert; this isn’t the case with vanilla extract.
  • Fresh mint – Although this component is optional, to garnish. Italian ice is sweet, and I like how this distinct flavor complements it.

How to Make Banana Pineapple Italian Ice?

This recipe for simple Italian ice will undoubtedly become a new summer favorite.

  1. Lemon juice, pineapple, mashed bananas, vanilla bean paste, and unsweetened apple juice should be combined in a sizable bowl or pitcher. If you have a metal pan, use it. If not, carefully pour everything into an 8 or 9-inch square dish. Just until almost firm, cover and freeze the mixture for at least two hours.
  2. Transfer the nearly frozen (but still cold) mixture to a large bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Another option is to rake the mixture with a fork until it is slushy, breaking up the ice crystals.
  3. Put the mixture back in the dish or an ice cream container and freeze it there until it becomes solid.
  4. Before transferring the contents of the container into bowls or paper ice cream cups, remove them from the freezer to soften for 10 to 20 minutes.

Add mint leaves as a garnish. Take a seat, unwind, and delight in!

Strawberry Mango Italian Ice


  • 3/4 cup thawed unsweetened apple juice concentrate
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Fresh mint, optional

How to Make Strawberry Mango Italian Ice?

  1. Strawberries, apple juice concentrate, and lemon juice are combined in a blender; the mixture is then processed until smooth. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch. square dish. For 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until partially set, cover and freeze.
  2. Pour into a big bowl and beat for 1-1/2 minutes at medium speed. Once more, place in the freezer for two to three hours, or until firm.
  3. 10 minutes prior to serving, take the food out of the freezer. If desired, add some mint as a garnish.

Lemon Italian Ice


  • 4 lemons
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

How to Make Lemon Italian Ice?

  1. Lemon juice can be freshly made using a citrus press. Juice from four lemons yields about 3/4 cup.
  2. Grate lemon peel until you have about one tablespoon of finely grated lemon zest.
  3. Water is brought to a boil. Stir the sugar in after adding it.
  4. Let the water cool, then stir in the lemon juice and zest.
  5. Place a baking pan with the mixture inside, then freeze. Remember to stir every half an hour while freezing for about three hours total.
  6. Smooth and crystallized, but not completely frozen, should be the texture of your lemon ice. Scoop into tiny cups and serve as desired!

Now, you can enjoy you Italian Ice!

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