I had just finished up my late breakfast at the O-B House in Ft. Lauderdale when I remembered that I wanted to check out the Brooklyn Italian Ice Co. on Las Olas. If you’re not familiar with well here’s a description:
Italian ice, also known as water ice, is a sweetened frozen dessert made with fruit (often from concentrates, juices or purées) or other natural or artificial food flavorings, similar to sorbet. Italian ice is not shaved ice that is flavored; rather, it is made by the same process by which ice cream is made: freezing the ingredients while mixing them. Italian ice differs from sherbet in that it does not contain dairy or egg ingredients.
Now that we got that out of the way. They had 16 flavors available and have 25 flavors total that are rotated daily. Brooklyn Italian Ice Co. has 4 sizes you can choose from starting at 3 ounces and working your way up to largest at 16. There’s also a “Swirl of the Day” where you guessed it, they swirl 2 flavors. Exhibit A: Banana & Strawberry
Italian Ice has a very smooth ice cream like texture with some surprisingly accurate flavors. The Bananas tastes like Bananas, the Strawberries taste like Strawberries and the Schnozberries taste like Schnozberries. Just kidding, there are no Schnozberries that I know of.
I also tried the Peach which brought back childhood memories of when I used to go through those giant cans of Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s Peach Juices like it was nobody’s business. You’re also able to sample just a small spoonful of the flavors. I tried a few others and thought the Chocolate and Coffee were spot on. If you’re on Las Olas I suggest you check them out and do the Swirl of the Day, everyone’s doing it. Ok, well not everyone but it’s a great option.
Full Disclosure: I know the owner of Brooklyn Italian Ice Co. and I did not pay for any of the Italian Ice that I tried.
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