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Looking for soft, chewable "nugget" ice cubes

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chewie23 Jun 18, 2014 06:44 PM

I am 8.5 months pregnant and I crave ice and chewing it all day long. I grew up in the south where this kind of nugget ice was readily available and I consider it a "comfort" food. It's so soft and chewable. I'm desperate to find somewhere that serves or sells this kind of ice. Please help a (neurotic & hormonal) pregnant lady's wish come true!

 
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  1. Mission RE: chewie23 Jun 18, 2014 07:12 PM

    Sadly, I don't know where to get it.

    But I wish I did ....it looks great for many of my favorite drink applications.

    1. TheOffalo RE: chewie23 Jun 18, 2014 08:02 PM

      Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's store ice makers, at least the ones here in L.A., make that kind of ice. Bring a few gallon resealable bags and see if they'll fill them up, for free or for a fee.

      1. Kris in Beijing RE: chewie23 Jun 19, 2014 07:35 AM

        Quick fix -- fill McDonald's straws [which are about the largest in diameter of any readily available) with water and freeze.
        Then break them into chunks.
        You'll get the SHAPE that way.

        I'm not sure how to get the texture-- dump "mostly frozen" broken up straw ice into a bin with a little water to coat and then freeze some more?

        We call that style "Chick-fil-a Ice" or [apologies in advance] Rabbit Pellet Ice.
        It is also our favourite shape/style!!

        Source of your pic?
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        1. kungful RE: chewie23 Jun 19, 2014 09:09 AM

          An old trick for soft ice is to add a few drops of lime juice (or other citrus) to an ice tray and fill with water before freezing.

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            milklady RE: chewie23 Jun 19, 2014 11:51 AM

            I don't know where to buy this kind of ice, but please talk to your health care provider about this craving - she or she might be concerned about pica and/or anemia.

            Best of luck!

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              sfchris RE: chewie23 Jun 19, 2014 12:03 PM

              I think Sonic introduced the world to this kind of ice:

              http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S...

              http://www.sonicdrivein.com/Home/Locator

              There's one in Hayward and Vacaville. Tell hubby to get driving!

              1. TVHilton RE: chewie23 Jun 19, 2014 12:21 PM

                One option is freezing carbonated water, which should give you less solid & more chewable ice.

                http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/qu... (in which carbonated water is recommended for Sno-Cones)

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