Great Depression Cooking with Italian Cook Clara – Italian Ice

Great Depression Cooking with Italian Cook Clara 

Making Italian Ice 



Italian ice, also known as water ice (particularly in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley), is a sweetened frozen dessert made with fruit (often from concentrates, juices or purées) or other natural or artificial food flavorings, similar to sorbet. Italian ice is not shaved ice that is flavored; rather, it is made by the same process by which ice cream is made: freezing the ingredients while mixing them.

Clara Cannucciari


Italian ice is similar to sorbet but differs from American-style sherbet in that it does not contain dairy or egg ingredients, though it may contain egg white. Common flavors include blue raspberry, cherry, lemon, mango, orange, strawberry, and watermelon, with numerous other flavors available.

Great Depression Cooking with Clara

Granita, a Sicilian preparation made of partially frozen water, flavorings, and sometimes sugar

A Little History on Clara


Great Depression Cooking with Clara Cannucciari


Clara Cannucciari (née Bonfanti; August 18, 1915 – November 29, 2013) was the host of the web series Great Depression Cooking with Claraand author of the book Clara’s Kitchen.


Clara’s Kitchen

Born in Melrose Park, Illinois, on August 18, 1915, Cannucciari went on to live through America’s Great Depression. During these difficult times, her freshly emigrated Sicilian American parents (Giuseppe and Giuseppina Bonfanti) were hit especially hard by America’s economic woes. Clara’s mother found inventive ways to stretch the family’s meals and they emerged from the Depression safe and healthy.




In 2007, her grandson Christopher Cannucciari began filming Clara preparing her mother’s Depression meals and assembled the footage into the YouTube series Great Depression Cooking with Clara. She retired shortly after her 96th birthday and her last video was posted on November 10, 2013 (Twice Baked Potato).

Clara Cannucciari died November 29, 2013, aged 98. She is survived by one son, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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