When it comes to types of ice cubes, there are all kinds of choices. Ice cubes come in a variety of shapes and sizes – cubed, nugget, and flaked.

Some types of ice cubes are unique to a specific ice machine manufacturer.  Hoshizaki machines produce crescent cubes, square cubes, cubelet and flaked ice. Crescent cubes are very popular and perfect for use in beverages.  Manitowoc machines also produce cubelet and flaked ice options, however their classic cube is available in regular, full dice, and half-dice.


Types of Ice Cubes - Crescent CubesOur cuber ice machines produce clump-resistant, hard cubes that are individually formed and dropped.  Crescent shaped cubed ice can be scooped (behind the bar) or dispensed (soda fountain).  Ice cubes from Hoshizaki commercial ice makers are also splash resistant.  This means when you’re pouring a drink, no profits are lost from spillage.

Cubelet (also known as Chewable or Nugget) ice is small and chewable.  In the Southern states, you’ll hear folks talk about their love of Sonic ice.  Sonic franchises use Cubelet/Nugget ice for their customers.  Cubelet ice machines are ideal in hospital environments.  

Cubelet ice is what hospitals serve patients.  Some people enjoy cubelet/nugget ice in their drinks.  Besides hospitals, you can find cubelet ice makers in schools, restaurants and bars.

Solid square ice cubes are very popular for cocktails.  Hoshizaki’s IM-500SSA commercial ice machine is theTypes of Ice Cubes - Square Cubes leader for square cubes. Classic cocktail aficionados prefer square ice cubes in their drinks because they melt very slowly and don’t dilute or alter the taste of alcohol. 

Some people just love to eat ice, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported.  Ice as a meal. That’s extreme dieting!

Flaked ice is even smaller and it’s soft and chewable.  It’s light and snowflake-like look and feel are ideal for food displays.  You’ll find flaked ice in delis, seafood counters, salad bars and marinas.

Crescent Cubed, Square Cubed, Cubelet or Flaked — we’ve got them all!

Note:  Ice machines that produce flaked ice require a 3-year agreement.  Please contact Customer Service for details at 866-easyice.