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The 5 different types of ice.

The 5 different types of ice.

Full Cube Ice

Best ice for:

Mixed drinks, soft drinks, bagged ice and ice dispensers.

Ice makers that produce this type of ice are best for:

Ice Selling Businesses, Hotels, restaurants and bars.

The machines that produce this type of ice will produce the fairly large dice cubes that you are often find in bars and restaurants.

Half Cube Ice

Best uses are for:

Mixed drinks, soft drinks, and ice dispensers.

Best type of ice for:

Fast food chains, restaurants, dispensers and cocktail bars.

The half cubes are a smaller version of cubed ice. It is considered as the most versatile type of ice as it is can be used to cool drinks and is easily crushable in blenders for those delicious cocktails.

Nugget Ice

Nugget Ice

Best uses are for:

Specialty soft drinks, cocktails, fountain beverages, for cooling salad.

Best type of ice for:

Convenience stores, restaurants and bars.

These little chunks of ice have many names but the most common is nugget ice. This form of ice is growing in popularity all the time and more and more industries are using it. It is highly popular among the people who enjoy chewing ice. This form of ice is dryer than flaked ice which makes it better for dispensing.

Flake Ice

Best ice for:

Chilled foods on a buffet, fish or meat on display in a supermarket, blended cocktails and beverage display in ice buckets.

Best type of ice for:

Fish markets, grocery stores, anywhere that food that needs chilling on display and also has some healthcare applications.

The scoop on the commercial ice machine:

Flake ice is most commonly found in supermarkets and it used when displaying fresh fish. Let’s be honest, seeing fresh fish on a bed of flaked ice is far more enticing than fish in a box. It is also ideal to present food in a buffet or even put drinks on display in an ice bucket at bars.

Gourmet Ice

Best ice for:

Drinks served at premium restaurants and events as well as high end liquors such as aged scotch.

Best type of ice for:

Event and banquet halls, upscale restaurants and bars.

This type of ice is mostly found in a cylindrical shape and these cubes can way between 20grams or 39 grams. These cubes are usually crystal clear because of how the cooling system works, spraying water up into the evaporator which allows all sediment in the water to fall and be washed way. It also extremely effective in cooling beverages. One or 2 blocks in an expensive whiskey and you are sorted.

No matter the type of ice or the amount of ice you need, Scotsman Ice Systems will have the ice making machine to suit your every need.