Chilly, sweet and refreshing, Italian ice is no ordinary frozen treat. Traditionally made by shaving large blocks of ice, its texture is light and fluffy – almost like a sorbet. Unlike snow cones and granita, which have a coarse and crunchy texture, you need a proper ice shaver to create the right consistency for traditional Italian ice. With the help of this guide and the soon-to-launch KitchenAid® Shave Ice Attachment, it's easy to create snow-like shaved ice for the perfect Italian ice dessert. Read on to learn more about the ingredients and steps to make Italian ice, how Italian ice gets its texture and the differences between Italian ice and granita.