Types of Ice

There are many different types of ice. Ice cubes can vary greatly in shape and size, which in turn affects their longevity and optimal use. So what makes one ice type more suitable than the next?

Use this guide to learn about the most suitable application for each type of ice. If used in conjunction with our ice maker calculator, it may help you when selecting an ice machine that is right for your business.

Ice Cube Purpose

Every ice type is best suited to a particular purpose. Whilst all ice is meant to cool a product, their different features make one ice type more suitable for a certain purpose over another. Some ice is designed to cool beverages, whilst others are best suited to preservation and display purposes. 

Ice is part of your product presentation and overall customer experience, with each type of ice having its own benefits. Whether you’re serving drinks or displaying food, finding the correct ice type for your application can provide a positive customer experience and save you money. Here we explain the features of each type of ice and common applications, to assist you in your selection of the most suitable ice machine.

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Half Cube Ice Cubes

Half cube or half dice ice cubes are the smallest type of rhomboid shape ice cubes. It blends quickly and easily, making it suitable for smoothies and frozen cocktails. It is suitable for dispensing applications due to it’s small size. It’s smaller dimensions means that it has a larger surface area and will cool drinks quickly.

SHAPE – Hard, clear ice cube with rhomboid shape.

MELT RATE – Moderate

APPLICATIONBlending drinks due to its ability to break down and create a smoother finish.

Full Cube Ice Cubes

Full cube or dice ice cubes are a classic choice for use in serving water, soda, tea and spirits. Full cube ice has a slow melt rate, so it won’t water down drinks as quickly as half dice ice cubes. It cools drinks slower than half dice ice cubes, however lasts longer. It is suitable for dispensing applications and is commonly used in bagged ice.

SHAPE – Hard, clear ice cube with rhomboid shape. Double half cube.

MELT RATE – Slow

APPLICATIONThe  most popular choice for large-volume applications like bagging and bulk cooling.

Large Cube Ice Cubes

Large cube ice cubes are primarily used in cocktail bars due to their slow melt rate. Large ice cubes won’t water down drinks much over time and are a great choice for serving spirits straight ‘on the rocks’. Large ice cubes are also suitable for bagging, however not recommended for ice dispensers.

SHAPE – Hard, clear ice cube with rhomboid shape. Larger than cube.

MELT RATE – Slow

APPLICATION – Restaurants, fine dining, cocktail lounges, clubs, bars and bagging.

Gourmet Cube Ice Cubes

Like their large ice cube cousin, gourmet ice cubes are primarily used in cocktail bars due to their slow melt rate. Gourmet ice cubes also won’t water down drinks much over time and are a great choice for serving spirits straight ‘on the rocks’. Gourment ice cubes are also suitable for bagging, however not recommended for ice dispensers.

SHAPEHard, clear unique conical or octagonal shaped ice cube.

MELT RATE – Slow

APPLICATION – Restaurants, fine dining, cocktail lounges, clubs and bars. 

Crescent Cube Ice Cubes

Crescent cube ice cubes are slender, which allows more ice per glass. This ice shape displaces more liquid than standard rhomboid shaped cubes and makes drinks appear fuller. Crescent ice keeps it’s shape longer due to a slow melt rate ensuring longer drink displacement. Crescent cube ice is commonly used in both small and large hospitality venues as well as fine dining establishments. It is suitable for bagging, however not recommended for ice dispensers.

SHAPE – Hard, clear unique crescent or moon shaped ice cube.

MELT RATE – Slow

APPLICATION – Restaurants, fine dining, cocktail lounges, clubs, and bars.

Chewblet Cube Ice Cubes

Chewblet ice is composed of uniformly shaped pieces of chewable compressed nugget ice measuring approximately 2.5cm long. Its softer, chewable texture is craved by customers. Its porous composition allows it to absorb drink’s flavor, leaving a flavorful crunchy treat after the drink is gone. It is commonly used in hospitals, aged care facilities, hotels, restaurants and convenience stores due to its versatility.

SHAPE – Chewblet compressed nugget ice with its chewable texture.

MELT RATE – Fast

APPLICATION – Blending, dispensing, cocktails, convenience stores and displaying fresh produce. 

Nugget Cube Ice Cubes

Nugget ice is composed of uniformly shaped pieces of chewable compressed nugget ice measuring approximately 2.5cm long. Its softer, chewable texture is craved by customers. Its porous composition allows it to absorb drink’s flavor, leaving a flavorful crunchy treat after the drink is gone. It is commonly used in hospitals, aged care facilities, hotels, restaurants and convenience stores due to its versatility. It is also known as Chewblet, cubelet and pearl ice.

SHAPE – Compressed flake ice with a chewable texture.

MELT RATE – Fast

APPLICATION – Healthcare and foodservice in aged care, hospitals, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Flake Ice

Flake ice is composed of shards if shaved ice. It is the ice of choice for use in cooling fresh seafood and poultry. It is commonly used in produce displays due to its soft and mouldable texture. It is also used for cooling concrete on mass pour projects and in food processing.

SHAPE – Soft, thin, shard-like pieces as soft as snow.

MELT RATE – Fast

APPLICATION – Presentation and preservation of seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables and healthcare.