Yes, it’s true that Italian ice and shaved ice are both sweetened frozen treats. However, they differ in how they are made. Italian ice (and water ice, for that matter) are made in a process similar to ice cream. The ingredients are mixed together and then frozen. When you make shaved ice, the ice is frozen in cubes or blocks, shaved into very fine pieces, and then flavored with syrups and other toppings. Snow cones are also flavored after the ice is crushed.
Which is better -- Italian ice or shaved ice? Honestly, it’s a matter of preference. For some people, it’s about nostalgia -- they like the frozen treat that they grew up eating. At Hawaiian Shaved Ice, it’s not surprising that we love our shaved ice. But no matter your preference, it’s great that we can be united by our love of all types of delicious, flavored frozen treats.