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Ice Types

By  David Burgess
Category: Ice Machines

There are a number of different types of ice including cube, crescent, nugget, flake, gourmet and more. Each type of ice cube may offer distinct benefits depending upon its application. Learn more about the various types of ice below!


Cube Ice is the most popular type of ice, and includes a number of different shapes. Cubed ice can include:

  • - Square Ice Cubes
  • - Half Square Ice Cubes
Crescent ice cubes are likely the most popular type of ice, and is commonly used by restaurants around the world. Crescent ice can be made quickly and efficiently. Crescent ice also cools down drinks rapidly, but may dissolve faster than some people prefer. For a longer lasting ice cube, people generally prefer premium or gourmet ice. 
Nugget ice is commonly known as the "chewable ice" because the ice cubes are small and soft. This type of ice cube was popularized by restaurants including Sonic, Zaxby's, and Taco Time. Many consumers love to eat this type of ice cube while drinking their drinks. 

Flake ice (sometimes referred to as "shaved ice") is commonly used in the food industry to surround food objects without bruising them. Flake ice is comprised of small and soft ice pieces. This type of ice may be used to surround drink containers, keep fruits and vegetables cool, or even to keep fish and seafood fresh.

Check out the pictures below to see exactly what flake ice looks like. 


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