John's Water Ice

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The Family Business - Love, Dedication, Passion & Pride. Since 1945.

Buzzing destination serving water ice made from an old-school recipe, with rotating weekly flavors.

The Family Business - Love, Dedication, Passion & Pride. Since 1945.

Buzzing destination serving water ice made from an old-school recipe, with rotating weekly flavors.

Johns Water Ice
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Experience the Sweet Tradition: John's Water Ice - A Taste of Family Heritage and Pure Refreshment

Crafting Happiness, One Scoop at a Time

Welcome to John’s Water Ice, where time-honored tradition meets mouthwatering innovation. For over seven decades, we have been the guardians of a secret family recipe that’s become a beloved Philadelphia institution. When you step into John’s, you’re not just entering a dessert parlor; you’re stepping into our family’s history—a history built on love, dedication, passion, and pride. With each scoop, we aim to share our heritage and bring smiles to your faces.

For inquiries and bookings contact us today.

About Us

Crafting Happiness, One Scoop at a Time

In 1945, our founder, John Cardullo, embarked on a remarkable journey. He left his homeland in Italy to seek new opportunities in the United States, ultimately settling in the vibrant city of Philadelphia. With a heart full of determination, John began a humble business delivering coal and heating oil during the frigid winters, and something equally refreshing in the scorching summers – ice.

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Generations of Expertise, Pure Ingredients, and Unmatched Service

Generations of Expertise

With over 65 years of experience, we've perfected the art of crafting the finest water ice. No preservatives, no additives—just pure, natural goodness.

Pure, Fresh Ingredients

At John's, we believe in keeping things simple. We hand-select fresh fruits, squeeze them by hand, and use only filtered water and sugar in our recipes.

Exceptional Service

Our dedicated staff are committed to delivering excellence in every scoop. Their enthusiasm and hard work ensure that your visit is an unforgettable experience.

Indulge in Delights That Define John's Water Ice

Unmatched Authenticity

Our decades-old family recipe isn't just a recipe; it's a piece of living history. When you savor our water ice, you're tasting a legacy of tradition and quality that's unrivaled.

Pure, Refreshing Delight

We spare no effort in sourcing the freshest, sweetest, highest quality fruits available. The result? A burst of natural flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you refreshed.

Memorable Experiences

Whether it's a small gathering, a wedding, or a corporate event, we offer bulk orders and catering services that guarantee to make your event unforgettable.

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Here’s to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Our Irresistible Daily Specials

Our Menu: Dive into a World of Frozen Bliss and Beyond

At John’s Water Ice, we specialize in crafting the most delightful Italian ice. Our water ice is renowned for its authentic flavors, vibrant colors, and the unbeatable feeling of satisfaction it brings on a hot summer day. We offer a range of flavors, including Lemon, Cherry, Chocolate, and Pineapple, each a testament to the care and attention we put into our recipes.

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But that’s not all; we take pride in offering more than just water ice.

Indulge in our smooth and creamy soft serve ice-cream, available in classic flavors like Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, and Butter Pecan. And when you’re in the mood for a savory treat, our delicious pretzels are the perfect accompaniment to your sweet cravings.

Explore our menu to discover the delectable variety of water ice drinks, gelati, ice creams, and pretzels that we have carefully curated to delight your senses. Quality is our hallmark, and each item on our menu reflects the commitment to excellence that defines John’s Water Ice.

Meet the Heart and Soul Behind John’s Water Ice

Anthony Cardullo is the 3rd generation owner who carries forward the legacy of his grandfather, John Cardullo who arrived in the United States from Italy in 1945. Anthony’s dedication to preserving the authenticity of our water ice and commitment to using only the finest ingredients ensure that every visit to John’s is a taste of tradition and quality.

Anthony’s journey is a testament to the enduring spirit of family, heritage, and the pursuit of excellence. His hands-on approach, from selecting fresh fruits to overseeing every aspect of the business, reflects his passion for delivering the best to our valued customers.

Interested in becoming a part of the John’s Water Ice family? Explore our Franchising Opportunities and join us in spreading the joy of our sweet tradition.

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Find Us, Taste the Magic!

Looking for Our Delicious Location? Here’s to Dive into Our Sweet World

John's Water Ice pretzel and lemon water ice

Ready to experience the magic of John's Water Ice? Join us at our two convenient locations:

For inquiries, bookings, or to simply say hello, contact us at:

Let us craft happiness for you, one scoop at a time. Come on by and satisfy your sweet cravings, and be part of our sweet tradition that spans generations. We can’t wait to welcome you to the John’s Water Ice family!


Good water ice and quick service. You have the option to pay with cash or Venmo. I really like the strawberry and pineapple flavor water ice. The butter pecan ice cream is delicious. If you are in the area it’s always nice to try. The portions are great for the price.

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