I was born & raised in Philadelphia. I LOVED my neighborhood! We never locked our doors. I was within walking distance of all of my friends yet had a huge yard where my dad had an enormous garden, cherry tree, apple tree, swimming pool and more. We had bats at night, snakes in the strawberry patch and the occasional surprise critter visit since we backed up to a wooded area. I loved it!
When you think of Philly, you think of The Liberty Bell, The Reading Terminal Market, Rocky, Cheese Steaks and Hoagies…right?? But right up there with all of those are soft pretzels and water ice….Oh water ice, how I love you! I have to say that water ice is at the top of my list when it comes to a dessert…actually any time of the year! If you have never had it you will be in for a treat!
25 years ago a now famous water ice company, started by a Philly fireman, opened their first and second shops not far from where I grew up…lucky for me their second shop was within a 15 minute walk from my house AND my friends and I walked right past it on the way home from high school! It was love at first bite for me! Recently I decided to try to make my own DIY Philadelphia Style Water Ice…I though it would be a fun project to do with the kids over the summer…and boy was I right about THAT!
Enter The Spice House. If you are a reader of my site you know the love I have for The Spice House! It is my hands down favorite site to purchase…well anything (I am never without either their Vulcan’s Fire Salt or their Chicago Old Town Premium Spiced Sugar)! I don’t think there is one other site that I have purchased more frequently from for the last 5 or so years. I just knew I would find what I needed there to make water ice, and I did! I ordered their Lime Extract and set out to make one of my favorite flavors of water ice – Lime!
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Check out what some of my foodie friends created with ingredients they ordered from The Spice House:
Grilled Steaks with Thyme Mushrooms by Girl Carnivore
Dark Chocolate, Sunflower Seed & Grey Sea Salt Cookies by Little Kitchie
Cinnamon Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche Swirl by Mind over Batter
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quesadillas with Vulcan Fire Salt Guacamole by Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps
Low-Carb Chicken Gyros with Tangy Tatziki Sauce by Opera Singer in the Kitchen
Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies by Real: The Kitchen and Beyond
Pear Lavender Lemon Drop Martini by Kelly Bakes
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza by We’re Parents!?
Homemade Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette with Heirloom Tomato Salad by Courtney’s Sweets
Iced Lavender Shortbread Cookies by The Vintage Mom
Old Fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake by It’s a Keeper
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Disclosure: I was given a gift card to order spices as compensation for this post, however as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you have never had water ice you are in for a treat!! Its cool and refreshing, there is nothing quite like it! You can make cherry, mango, cotton candy and bubblegum to name a few! You can add flecks of real fruit as well. If this is your first time trying water ice…I say you yell out YO Adrienne!! While you enjoy it…to get the full effect!! If you are a tri-state area local and don’t want to wait in the long-lines of summer…making it yourself is easier than you ever would have thought! Quicker for sure than hopping in your car and waiting in line…give it a try and let me know what you think!
Philadelphia Style Lime Water Ice
4 1/2 cups of cold water
1 cup of sugar
1-2 teaspoons of The Spice House Lime Extract
4-5 drops neon green food coloring
In a small pot combine 1 cup of the water and your sugar. Heat just until the sugar melts and the liquid is clear. Stir occasionally until then. Remove the pot from the heat and add in the remainder of the water as well as the extract and the food coloring. Place your liquid into the bucket of your chilled ice cream maker bucket (I always keep at least one in my freezer, ready at a moments notice when the need for ice cream, sorbet and now water ice strikes) and churn until it becomes slushy-ish which should take about 20-25 minutes. Perfect water ice is slushy, with some of it turning to juice again along the sides, you scoop it up with a spoon and sometimes sip on it…its magical!
When you store your just made water ice – do NOT store it in your ice cream bucket – it will harden like a rock and take forever to thaw. Instead freeze it in mason jars (already per-portioned – a plus!) or a container. Prior to serving allow it to once again become slushy, stirring it up as it begins to thaw.