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Italian Lemon Ice is one of those desserts that makes me think of my childhood. It’s sweet and refreshing and perfect for a summer sweet treat!

Italian Lemon Ice is one of those desserts that makes me think of my childhood. It's sweet and refreshing and perfect for a summer sweet treat!

There are lots of foods that remind me of my family or childhood but most of them make me think of my grandma because she was the resident cook and baker in our family. All of my family recipes come from her and it’s impossible to eat a slice of cheesecake without comparing it to her recipe. But the one food that makes me think of my mom without fail is Italian Ice.

We never made these from scratch when I was a kid. We always bought them in those big boxes from Walmart or Costco and they came in multiple different flavors. But lemon was always my favorite. Ice cream was a special treat but we always had a box of Italian ices in the freezer. Always.

Italian Lemon Ice is one of those desserts that makes me think of my childhood. It's sweet and refreshing and perfect for a summer sweet treat!

So when I found myself with some lemon to use up and missing my mom like whoa I decided to whip up some homemade Italian lemon ice that knocks the socks off of the store bought stuff and is so easy you’ll hardly believe it. You need just four ingredients and a few hours of your time to make this delicious lemon ice that will take you back. Or takes me back.

I remember they came in flavors like lime, strawberry, cherry, and orange and any of the citrus flavors would be super easy to replicate with this recipe. The easiest way to do it with cherries and strawberries and other similar fruits would probably be to just process them into small pieces but not so small that they become paste-like. Whatever flavor you decide to go with these Italian ices will put a spring in your step and help you stay cool this summer!

Italian Lemon Ice is one of those desserts that makes me think of my childhood. It's sweet and refreshing and perfect for a summer sweet treat!

Meaghan

Italian Lemon Ice is one of those desserts that makes me think of my childhood. It's sweet and refreshing and perfect for a summer sweet treat!

Italian Lemon Ice

Yield: 4 1/2 cup servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan over medium high heat heat sugar and water until boiling, stirring as the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Turn off heat and add lemon juice and zest and stir well.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature before pouring into a loaf pan.
  4. Freeze for 4-5 hours stirring every hour to be sure the mixture doesn't freeze solid.

Italian Lemon Ice is one of those desserts that makes me think of my childhood. It's sweet and refreshing and perfect for a summer sweet treat!

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Kim Callahan

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

This looks DELISH!!!!! Can't wait to try it. LOVE LOVE LOVE anything citrus!!

To make other citrus flavors... orange, lime... I assume you would just use the same amounts of the appropriate just and zest??

Meaghan

Friday 19th of August 2016

Yep! If you wanted to go with a different citrus flavor just swap out the equivalent amount of juice and zest for whatever you want to use :)

~Meaghan

Hillary Reeves

Monday 15th of August 2016

omg I am so with you. lemon italian ices TASTE like childhood. could not agree more.

Meaghan

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Yes! It's one of those food memories I will have for forever!

~Meaghan

Brian Jones

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

If I am gonna order a dessert then lemon flavours are a must for me and love this, I know it as granita a fabulous old school Italian refresher :D

Meaghan

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

We don't call this a granita simply because I don't fork it to break up the ice crystals while it's freezing but it could definitely be one!

~Meaghan

Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother)

Monday 8th of August 2016

My mom would treat us to an Italian ice sometimes after soccer games, so this would definitely be a nostalgic recipe for me too! And lemon anything is fabulous...

Meaghan

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

Agreed! I adore lemon anything, especially the super tart flavor that makes your lips pucker :P

~Meaghan

Byron Thomas

Monday 8th of August 2016

Sounds delicious, M! I know my John.e would love, love, love this - he cannot get enough lemon in his life! I'm drawn to how simple it is and the fact that the sugar level is lower than what I would expect as well. What if I combined fruits? Like orange and lemon for a very citrusy ice?

Meaghan

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

You could absolutely combine just about any fruity flavors you liked for a fun twist on this. How pretty would something like raspberry and lemon be marbled together?!

~Meaghan