Things I can’t find in Finland, Item #14

Italian Ice.  A light, tart, frozen substance.  I can get ice cream to my heart’s content, but I really would love a simple Italian Ice.

Let me be clear – this is not a pregnancy craving.  It’s simply that I like a good Italian Ice much more than I like ice cream, usually, and I feel a whole lot less guilty eating it.  And I love lemon “sweets” that refresh, rather than coat your mouth with cream.

Today at the grocery store I found one box of popsicles that looked less like “cream” and more like “ice.”  I got them home, ripped into one, and found it was still a bit creamy for my taste.  What’s a girl to do?

Whenever the other American women take a trip to the US, they ask if they can bring back anything for anyone.  I usually say no, except for some OTC drugs.  Unfortunately, frozen goods are simply not something anyone is willing to bring back to me.  But if anyone wants to give it a try…

Luigi’s Real Italian Ice, lemon flavor.  Mmmmmmmmmm………


(There is no “Things I can’t find in Finland #anything else,” I just chose a number at random.  However, perhaps I should make it a new category?)

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11 thoughts on “Things I can’t find in Finland, Item #14

  1. I understand what you mean! Whenever I go to Finland I always only see italian gelato everywhere but never ice! I wish you luck 🙂

  2. anonymous

    I guess your standard mehujää doesn’t cut it.

    • I had to look that up:
      No, unfortunately, it really doesn’t cut it. That’s essentially what I bought at the store, and it’s not quite what I want. More so than ice cream, certainly, but it still doesn’t leave that “refreshing” feeling in my mouth. But I’ll survive!

      • anonymous

        Isn’t the refreshing feeling more a function of a specific product rather than the product category?

        • No, I don’t think so, not for me, at least. I mean, sure, ice cream can be refreshing, if you’re looking for something cold. And don’t get me wrong, I love ice cream, but the “cream” part of it I don’t think is very refreshing – I often feel like my mouth is coated and I need something to drink to wash it all down. An Italian Ice/granitas/shaved ice/whatever is (*very simplified*) frozen juice – no dairy products to stick to the roof of your mouth. It’s a cold treat and a refreshing drink all mixed into one! 🙂

          • anonymous

            No, I meant different brands and flavours mehujää.

  3. anonymous

    It seems to me that you are looking for sherbet (sorbetti, mehujää in finnish). Maybe this helps:

    • Yes, even a sherbet or sorbet would be great, and the Pappagallo brand looks great! I haven’t seen that in the stores, though – maybe I’ll look a little harder. (It’s a bit harder to find certain things where we live, as opposed to Helsinki, where I’m sure I could even find my beloved Italian Ice!)

      • Update – I found the Pappagallo brand in one of the markets here, but the only flavor they had was vanilla. 😦

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