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You haven’t lived until you’ve tried water ice in Philadelphia. Pick any place in America where Italians have settled and you’re sure to find fruit ices like they had in the old country. But this slushie-like summer treat of frozen water, fruit and sugar is nowhere more popular than in the City of Brotherly Love. “Wooder” ice, as we like to call it, is similar to the Philly cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, in that every neighborhood boasts its beloved OG spot that you may never encounter if you live in another part of town—at least, until now. Check out our guide to find the best—and most historic—spots for water ice in Philadelphia below. Once you’ve slurped it down, keep the sugar high going with something sweet from the best bakeries Philadelphia has to offer. You only live once, right?
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