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The Ice of Eldridge

Updated: Apr 5

Have you ever paid attention to the type of ice in your drink? Whenever you go to Sips or Cody Road, do you eat the ice after you have drunk the drink, or do you just throw it away?

Well, never fear, the ice expert is here, and I ranked all the different types of ice from the places in Eldridge for your convenience.

To start off, here are all the different types of ice.

Cube ice
Half cube ice

Nugget ice

Crescent ice

Bullet ice
Flake ice

Tubular ice

My personal favorite type of ice is tubular ice, but the crunch is another factor that determines the quality of the ice. There’s crunchy ice, and there’s chewy ice. In my personal opinion, chewy ice is superior. However, a slight crunch is necessary for the overall experience. 

The best ice I have ever tasted was the ice from the food court at Pop Century resort in Disney World. Knowing that I would not get the chance to enjoy that ice for awhile, I decided to gather some friends and go on the hunt to find the next best thing right here in Eldridge.

Let’s begin.


The first place we decided to go to was Sips. Sips has nugget ice, which is my second favorite type of ice. It was also very chewy, so the texture was just right. However, the ice left a metallic aftertaste in my mouth and when it melted into the water that I drank, the water literally tasted like copper.

Overall, I rate it a 7.5 out of 10.


Next was McDonald's. I set my expectations very low because I know what their ice is like. McDonald’s has crescent ice, and it is very crunchy, not chewy at all. Not only that, but the ice had a subtle taste of fries. I’m not kidding. It basically tasted like what the inside of the restaurant smells like.

Overall, I rate it a 2.3 out of 10.

Cody Road

After that, we headed to Cody Road. Cody Road has cube ice, and it is very crunchy. There was absolutely nothing chewy about it. Definitely not my favorite. But, still better than McDonald’s.

So I rated it a 6.2 out of 10.


Then we headed to Casey’s. I was ecstatic to see that Casey’s has tubular ice, just like at Pop Century resort. It was also fairly chewy, but still not as chewy as Pop Century’s ice. Still, it was the closest I could have gotten to the best ice on the planet, so. . .

I rate it a 9.5 out of 10.

The Vault

Finally, we went to The Vault. Their ice was by far the worst. It was basically half cube ice, except it wasn’t consistent with each cube. Some of them were different sizes and shapes than the others. Also, there were black specks on the ice and when it melted, the water had a tinge of brown to it. Of course, it was way too crunchy, not even a bit of chewiness. But the worst part was it smelled like a literal sandwich and tasted like one too. Absolutely disgusting. Out of all the places we went to, The Vault was the only place that gave it to us for free. I wonder why. 

The final rating is a 1.5 out of 10. 

In conclusion, the best place to get ice in Eldridge is none other than our beloved Casey’s. The worst place is The Vault (but no hard feelings, I’m sure their food and drinks are great). Which type of ice is your favorite?

Also, here's Zoe with our collection of ice. :)

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