Junk Food Confession: Italian Ice and Custard

by on September 14, 2013

 Italian Ice with Frozen Custard

iphone of our newest obsession

We’ve been secretly sneaking these in during our daily market stops. So we just have to share.

This sweet treat, another junk food confession, has saved our lives over the past two weeks. With a surprise spike in last Summer heat, everyone’s been whining and crying about how this 95 degree weather is melting our spirits. But not us. You know why? We’ve been fueling our sweaty days with this favorite sweet treat called italian ice and custard.

This deadly, but cold and refreshing, combination of different flavored italian ice topped with wonderful frozen custard is a new discovery to us.

It’s certainly been around, as we quickly learned from a google search. But while we’ve been living in a fast food cave, particularly when it comes to desserts, this little beauty of a treat was hidden from our junk food list. While other folks have been indulging and raving about these ice and custard combos nationwide at Rita’s , at Joe’s Garden Grove and Confetti in Costa Mesa, we’re slowly catching up by making up for all the lost years of eating it in the last two weeks.

How many of these have we had? A few. Well, a few more than most, but not as much as some.

Hope we’re not the only ones who have had these and are as addicted. Today we’re already hovering some new flavors. Perhaps a margarita ice with lemon custard on top? Or cactus cooler ice with salted caramel custard? And what’s you’re junk food confession for this weekend. Indulge us so we don’t feel so guilty.

- diane and todd


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 katie September 14, 2013 at 8:40 am

The town I grew up in had a Sweet Shoppe and one of their specialties was homemade Italian ices, which you could purchase as is, or top with a mound of their soft serve ice cream. Sort of the concept behind the creamsicle, I guess, but with any fruit flavor, not just orange ice. My favorite was always the watermelon ice with vanilla soft serve. Just seeing the photo above made me think of it and how much I would love one right now!


2 Belinda @themoonblushbaker September 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

I loved the icey coffee drinks that the you can get at the gelato stores. Cream, espresso and your choice of gelato. It was unlike anything you can get in the normal stores, so strong but sweet and creamy. I love the combination of chocolate chilli gelato and cinnamon custard cream.
I hope you post recipe soon for one!


3 Lynn Chen September 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

My husband grew up outside Philly so we are VERY happy Rita’s has finally made it to LA


4 pam (Sidewalk Shoes) September 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Um. These need to come to Chattanooga. Now, please.


5 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I need them to show up, miraculously, in Orlando. Now :D


6 harveysmom September 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

isn’t joe’s the best? they’re moving down the street. looks like a bigger parking lot, yippeee. enjoy!!!!


7 Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today September 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’d be addicted to this :)


8 Cate September 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Sounds kinda like shave ice with ice cream (which, incidentally I had yesterday) or the ice cream slush floats we have in Hawaii. I usually need to share them with a friend because they’re such sugar bombs, but they taste so, so good! Especially after a day at the beach.


9 Ali @ Solano's Kitchen September 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

There’s a Rita’s within walking distance of our house – so as you can imagine we indulged in quite a few of these this summer! Even the pup gets a little “doggie cup” of vanilla custard… eash. Spoiled!


10 Ash-foodfashionparty September 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I need that now, want that now..I am in love with how it looks.


11 Kasha @ the FarmGirl Cooks September 16, 2013 at 4:06 am

Anything with frozen custard! Try root beer ice with vanilla ;)


12 Leann September 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

Love & love Italian Ice… Found a “creamy” texture brand (luigi’s) at the grocery – try watermelon, berry – the other flavors have an “icier” consistency. On my way to the freezer now…


13 Mallory September 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

I’ve been to Confetti and I love it! There are so many different types of flavors to choose from. The vanilla custard is definitely my favorite. Seeing your picture makes me crave Italian Ice now, but I’m so far away from having it anytime soon.


14 Jennifer September 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

there is also frost bites in cypress.. they line is always out the door and really long but moves fast the best part they let you try ANY FLAVOR / ALL Flavors…

apparently they are opening one in costa mesa soon


15 Angie | Big Bears Wife September 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

It sure is pretty!


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