It is said that Italian Ice originated with Italian immigrants who attempted to replicate the Granitas of their childhood. The recipe came out creamier, although no cream was added, and less granular than the traditional Granita that originated in Sicily. And thus Italian Ice was born in a street side shack in New Jersey.
Italian Ice Comes to Boise
In 2013, Todd and Julie Scarborough decided to bring some East Coast flavor to the Boise area and share an old tradition in a new way. Todd, originally from Maryland, grew up eating “water ice” every summer. Some of his favorite childhood memories are family outings to the local “shack” for his favorite lemon treat. After her first taste, Julie was hooked (you will know what we mean after you try it!). Since the only way they were going to have access to this delicious dessert on a regular basis was to travel many miles, they decided they needed to bring it closer to home.
Daisy’s Italian Ice started in a small kiosk on Overland. This has now grown to two locations and many fairs and festivals around the Treasure Valley. This family run operation is named after their youngest child, Daisy. You will often see all three children, Ali, Kyle and Daisy, helping out. They are amazing at clean up and are the official new flavor taste testers. “This is a fun family business that gives us a chance to spend quality time together even as we work. We put our heart and soul into making the highest quality product and enjoy bringing a little extra summer happiness to our friends and neighbors.”
What are the family’s favorite flavors?
Todd – Gelati every day! Any flavor will do, as long as it’s layered with that creamy vanilla ice cream
Julie – Cherry and lemon Italian Ice – super delicious and so refreshing on a hot day
Ali – Strawberry Colada Gelati
Kyle – Blue Raspberry Gelati
Daisy – All of them! But cherry, watermelon and blue raspberry layered together can’t be beat!