How To Make Nugget Ice At Home

Sonic Ice Whenever You Want It!

Nugget ice has a cult following thanks to its texture. Nugget ice is also called Sonic ice or Chick-Fil-A ice, after the restaurants which started serving the icy treats to its’ patrons.

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Well, folks, we have some good news, and we have some bad news.

The bad news is that you CANNOT make actual nugget ice at home. The good news, though, is that you can make different varieties of ice at home, which come close, real close!

We share some techniques here on how to make these different types of ice. Try them and judge for yourself. And if you come up with a better method, share it with us, won’t you? There are lots of ice fanatics out there who’d be mighty grateful!

Our personal pick for the best nugget-like ice has a surprising twist: use carbonated water when making ice cubes or pellets. Perrier works just fine.

The fizz in the water gets frozen, and those tiny bubbles trapped in ice cubes give it a delightful texture, much like soft ice, or nugget ice. You can even use flavored carbonated water, like strawberry or pineapple, to create rather exotic ice cubes.

How To Make Carbonated Ice

All Things Ice – From Hard Ice To Nugget Ice

Let’s have a look at some common types of ice.

Standard Ice Cubes, or hard ice :

This is what you get when you fill an ice cube tray with water and stick it into the freezer. Large, hard cubes of ice, generally transparent, though sometimes cloudy. These cubes melt the slowest of all. Usually only one can be accommodated, or two at a pinch, provided you have a large mouth.

Crushed Ice :

Crushed ice tends to melt quickly, either in a drink or in your mouth, so it’s unsatisfactory to chew on. If you don’t have an ice-crushing machine, a Lewis bag, and a muddler or mallet will work too.The water resulting from the beating seeps away through the canvas, leaving behind crushed ice.

Slushie Ice :

This is what smoothies and Slushies are made of. Slushie ice is created when ice cubes are put through a blender, and some flavor, fruit or syrup is added and blended until the mixture is soft and slushy.Can be drunk like a drink, or slurped through a straw. Delightful on a hot day! This form of ice is almost liquid, so it’s certainly not chewable at all.

Soft ice :

This is the best type of ice for a beverage as well as for crunching on. To begin with, it’s just the right size, as far as ice cubes go. Neither too big nor too small, it’s just right!The way it’s produced makes it shaped like regular cube ice yet with a soft and crunchy texture. It doesn’t melt too quickly and gets softer the longer it’s in a drink.

How To Make Delightful Ice Cubes At Home!

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Pebble Ice Tray

Use a Pebble Ice Tray, available here for $ 22.99, to make small, smooth, rounded ice pellets. Regular water poured into this pebble ice tray and stuck into the freezer will do the trick. They don’t melt too quickly and look really cute!

There’s also the Mini Ice Cube Tray, made of silicone, that make tiny, tiny ice cubes! A steal at $ 9.98. Good for small glasses and small beverages, these ice cubes do tend to melt faster, though. Nice to chew on as well!

Lewis bag and muddler set

If you like doing things the old-fashioned way, then whack away with this Lewis bag and muddler setavailable on Amazon for $ 22.99. Some Lewis bags come with wooden mallets instead; it makes no difference. Fill up the bag with regular ice cubes, and let loose with the  muddler! Takes a bit of getting used to; too much whacking leaves nothing behind but ice-cold water, too little and you’ll get uneven, chunky bits. Whacked just right, it produces nice, crunchy ice..and certainly relieves stress!

electric ice maker machine

The Vivohome Electric Ice Crusher

An inexpensive, basic ice crusher such as the Vivohome Electric Ice Crusher, selling for $ 79.99, does a fair job of producing crushed and shaved ice. Quick and efficient, it’s also quite small, so it can be tucked unobtrusively away.The Vivohome Electric Ice CrusherThe Vivohome Electric Ice Crusher

Cast Alumnium Utility Scoop

For any type of ice, one important utensil you’ll ALWAYS need is a scoop. You can’t very well be using your hands, can you? Well, you can, but it grosses some people out; and after the third drink or so, your hands will freeze. Go for a Cast Aluminum Utility Scoop, these work the best. They’re light, and don’t rust, and they’re really useful.


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Scott Carswell

Scott Carswell

As seasoned nugget/ sonic ice enthusiasts (😂), me and my wife love to share what we know with you guys!

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