Pool image credit: Wei Sheng Tey/EyeEm/Getty Images

The Definitive Ranking of Israeli Frozen Treats

A legitimate reason to book a vacation, immediately.

Israeli summers are too hot not to have a frozen treat in hand at all times. And while iced coffee and limonana are worthy of the spotlight, thereโ€™s a whole world of icy goodies waiting for you to discover them at anyย makoletย (corner store) or kiosk. We set out to create the ultimate ranking of Israeli frozen treats, from popsicles to ice creams to slushies. If you were waiting for a sign to book a last-minute vacation to the holy land, this is it.ย 

1. Artik Avatiach

Unmistakably watermelon in flavor and appearance, this is the undisputed queen of Israeli popsicles. Though it labels itself a sorbet, it has a pleasant creaminess that strikes the balance between refreshing and indulgent. We just wished we looked as cool in our shades as the fruit on the packaging. Iconic.ย 

2. Gumigum

View this post on Instagram

ืœื ืžืฉื ื” ืื ืืชื ื™ืœื“ื™ื, ืฆืขื™ืจื™ื ืื• ื‘ื•ื’ืจื™ื, ื”ืื”ื‘ื” ืœืืจื˜ื™ืงื™ื ื•ื’ืœื™ื“ื•ืช ืืฃ ืคืขื ืœื ื ื’ืžืจืช! ื’ื•ืžื™ื’ื ื”ื•ื ืœืœื ืกืคืง ืื—ื“ ื”ืฉืœื’ื•ื ื™ื ื”ื›ื™ ื˜ืขื™ืžื™ื ื•ื”ืื”ื•ื‘ื™ื ืขืœ ื›ื•ื•ื•ื•ื•ื•ื•ืœื! ืขื›ืฉื™ื• ื‘ืžื‘ืฆืข ืฉืขื•ื“ ืœื ืจืื™ืชื! 3 ื™ื—ืณ ื‘12โ‚ช!!!! ื›ืŸ!!! 3 ืฉืœื’ื•ื ื™ื ืฉืœ ื’ื•ืžื™ื’ื ื‘12 โ‚ช!!! ื‘ื ื•ืกืฃ, ืžื’ื•ื•ืŸ ืข-ื -ืง ืฉืœ ื’ืœื™ื“ื•ืช ืžื—ื›ื” ืœื›ื ื‘ื—ื ื•ืช ื”ื—ื“ืฉื” ืฉืœื ื• ื‘ืจื—ืณ ืจื•ื’ื•ื–ื™ืŸ 17, ืืฉื“ื•ื“! ืžื—ื›ื™ื ืœื›ื ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฆ #ื’ื•ืžื™ื’ื #ื’ืœื™ื“ื•ืช #ื’ื—ื™ื“ื” #ืืฉื“ื•ื“ #ื˜ืขื™ื #ื˜ืขื #ื™ืฉืจืืœ #ื™ื #ื—ื #ืืจื˜ื™ืง #ืฉืœื’ื•ืŸ #ื ืกื˜ืœื” #ื™ืืžื™ #ะฐัˆะดะพะด #ะผะพั€ะพะถะตะฝะพะต #ะผะพั€ะต #ะฟะปัะถ #ะณัƒะผะธะณะฐะผ #ashdod #icecream #ะฐัˆะดะพะด๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒด

A post shared by ื’ืœื™ื“ื•ืช ื“ื”ืŸ | Dahan Ice Cream (@dahanicecream) on

Although the amount of gummy bears has woefully declined in the past decade, the gumigum is still one of the best popsicles around. And not just because of the semi-frozen candy inside. The lemon sorbet is deliciously tart against the sweetness of the strawberry sorbet, and we love how theyโ€™re woven together in a funky, tie dye effect. So on trend.ย 

3. Iced Pesifloraย 

Long overshadowed by ice cafe (a popular frozen coffee drink akin to a Starbucks Frappuccino), this tangy, textural passion fruit slushy is Israelโ€™s most underrated iced beverage. The seeds floating inside indicate that it may even be made with real fruit, though the neon orange color suggests otherwise. Either way, itโ€™s tongue-tingly refreshing. Just remember to give it a stir every so often to avoid ending up with a cup full of ice.ย 

4. Toot-Banana Shots

These little balls of frozen juice are dispensed out of a container that resembles a garbage can, immediately melt when they hit your hand, and make everything sticky. But theyโ€™re soย good.ย They come in strawberry-banana flavor, a combination inexplicably beloved nationwide, and are somehow both artificial and delicious.ย 

5. Falooda

Whileย falooda isnโ€™t exactly available at every corner store, once upon a time, it was a frozen favorite. Iranian immigrants introduced Israel to falooda, and continue to sell it at food markets country-wide (Tel Avivโ€™s Levinsky market is a great place to start). Itโ€™s a sweet rose water slushy with thin vermicelli-like noodles floating inside, often served with a squeeze of citrus and ground nuts. Textural, fragrant, and cooling โ€” whatโ€™s not to love?

6. Shokobo

Shokobo serves as a reminder that keeping it simple is the secret to success. It may look like a standard popsicle โ€” milk chocolate-coated chocolate ice cream โ€” but it hides a naughty secret: a center of solid chocolate. Be sure to let it thaw a little in the sun before biting down, or risk getting a broken tooth.ย 

7. Crunch

Devouring a huge Magnum in the sun sometimes feels a bit much, which is why Crunch ice creams are our creamy treat of choice. Theyโ€™re classic โ€” flavored with various combinations of chocolate, nougat, and vanilla โ€” with an edge: the signature, crunchy rice-crispy coating. A good effort, but not quite as good as the shokobo.

Keep on Noshing

Shabbat Chicken with Dried Fruit Recipe

This go-to chicken recipe, with a glossy and delicious sauce, is perfect for Rosh Hashanah or Shabbat.

Classic Potato Kugel

A grandmother's recipe offers an easy route to this classic Ashkenazi dish.

VIDEO: How to Make Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is one of the most quintessential Ashkenazi Jewish dishes.

Baklava with Honey and Cardamom Recipe

You won't miss refined sugar or butter with this sweet treat featuring cinnamon and cardamom-spiced nuts covered with honey syrup.

Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

Simple, sophisticated and just a little fancy.