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Product Review: OC Slush

Product Review: OC Slush

Product Review: OC Slush

OC Slush Watermellon


Tom’s Foodie Blog Discovers OC Slush

During the early days of summer, I attended Taste of Hunting Beach and tasted what would become one of my favorite desserts to keep in the freezer, OC Slush.  What is OC Slush? it is essentially Italian ice, or Water Ice if you are from Philadelphia.  This product is a sweet  frozen dessert made from natural or artificial juices, similar to sorbet but slightly icy. Made in a similar process to ice cream, the ingredients are frozen while being mixed. During these really hot days of summer, I really enjoyed the cool taste of Orange County Slush.

OC Slush taste of HB combined


Gluten Free, Vegan and Lactose Free


One of the main reasons I liked this product is good for people with dietary restrictions. My brother, for example, is gluten intolerant and has a hard time finding desserts without hidden gluten. Orange CountySlush is gluten free, fat free, cholesterol free, dairy and lactose free and Vegan! Wow that serves a large group. I personally don’t have any of these problems, but as a food blogger I keep my eye out for cool products that will benefit my readers. They have flavors that are both natural and artificial sweetened, so there are flavors for folks with additive sensitivities as well. The natural lemon is legit. 


Where you can find OC Slush?


After I tasted OC slush at the taste of HB, I ventured out to find the product in supermarket shelves and found it being sold at Albertson’s freezer section. The product is sold all over Southern California Albertson’s. They are sold in pint containers and can be served by the scoop or straight from the pint container. My favorite flavors to eat by themselves where the lemon and watermelon.  The cost of pint container is 4.49. The pint lasted me a couple days during the summer. 

Visit their website to find a local Albertson’s selling OC Slush: http://orangecountyslush.com/store-locator/ 

OC Slush Cover collage

Meet the Couple behind OC Slush

OC Slush Couple

OC slush was founded by Michael Guidicianne , a  Boston transplant who grew up on Italian ice. Michael and his wife Sandy, moved to Orange County with the goal of enjoying the sunny California weather and introducing Italian Ice to Southern California market, under the name OC Slush.“ Sandy and I know that once people try our delicious flavors they become fans for life, so we felt it was time to finally introduce California to real, Italian Ice.”  With a current distribution from Santa Barbara to San Diego, their market has been steadily expanding.

OC Slush beach

 Tom’s Foodie Blog has a long history of supporting start-up business in Orange County, from Taco Maria to Front Porch Pops. From a foodie perspective, I fell in love with this product and really respected what the owners and their  fledgling company. I think they will go far in his new venture.  If you are in Albertson’s pick up a pint, you will like it.


20130915_211812Aside from eating OC Slush straight from the container, I found a couple other uses for OC Slush, including smoothies and adult beverages.  Here are a couple recipes that I made with OC Slush.


Orange Sangria




1 pint Orange County Cream OC Slush

1 cup sauvignon blanc

1 fresh orange, peeled and deseeded


Set out pint of OC slush for 15 minutes prior to blending so that is catches in the blender

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Greek Lemon Zinger Smoothie

Smoothie Collage OC Slush


1 pint natural lemon OC Slush

3 ounces Greek yogurt

½ fresh orange ( peeled and deseeded)


Set out pint of OC slush for 15 minutes prior to blending so that is catches in the blender

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If you like more of a richer smoothie, add a banana or more yogurt.


Kona Express

Set out pint of OC slush for 10 minutes.

Scoop it mango OC Slush into a bowl like ice cream and pour some sweet condensed milk on top 

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. The sangria seems to be in my future.

  2. Next time I go to CA, in November, I’ll have to try this. Sounds delicious!

  3. So any Albertson’s sell them?.. I will double check the ones here in Las Vegas.. they look yummy!.. I would put a splash of alcohol in there to experiment.. :) I am pretty sure it would go great..

  4. Everything looks so yummy

  5. Looks delicious.. I am going to see if our local Albertson carries them..

  6. this looks tasty!!!! I wonder which store carries them…

  7. Wow I never knew there could be so many slushie flavors. They all look so good it would be hard to pick.

  8. I will for sure share this with my Cali friends. I usually only get to northern California. Are there any there?

  9. Tom, you and Dani have it all from trending restaurants to new and upcoming companies who makes delectable treats like this OC Slush. It’s a really good thing I don’t live down there or I’d weigh 300 pounds. Thanks for sharing this though, I’ll check out our local market to see if Northern California has access to it. Sounds yummy!

  10. Nice one Tom, those ices look so Yum yum

  11. yes…thank you!!! you are absolutely right! appreciate you to add a healthier suggestion! I would love to try it..

  12. Those look yummy! I want to try the orange sangria recipe! That is right up my alley.

  13. The orange sangria was my fave….yummmm!!! OC Slush is awesome on a hot day:)

  14. Hello Tom’s foodie blog fans. We are OC Slush. We are blown away by the support you should us from Tom’s review of us. We hope we have made some new fans from it.
    We hope you have been able to try us. We just released our newest 10oz size. We have a new look that you can see at Facebook.com/OCSlush Or ocslush.com/store-locator

    We want to apologize if you sought us out last year and you were not able to find us. Issue has been resolved.

    Look for our new 10oz size
    We are now in ALL SO.Cal Albertsons next to Popsicle’s.

    Enjoy! We know you will!
    -OC Slush

  15. I recently bought a Mango Slush. Thankfully, it was at the 99 cent store, so I only paid a dollar too much.

    I read all the positive comments, and noted that they talk about how yummy it LOOKS. Not one said it tasted good. I didn’t buy it to look at, I wanted a cold treat. What a huge disappointment.

    The lid raves, as does the article, about gluten free, vegan, fat free, blah, blah, blah. Then you read the actual ingredients: Water, sugar, more sugar, still more sugar, then a token amount of fruit flavor. Will diabetes help take your mind off being gluten intolerant?

    After a single bite, the inside of your mouth is coated with the after-effect of a mouth full of sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup. I could be wrong about that – perhaps it’s from the artificial flavor or the guar gum or xanthan gum salt or sodium citrate or potassium phosphate or artificial color. YUM! I have no idea what a second mouthful would taste like, but it does fit conveniently in the trash can. Good luck finding a real Italian that makes Italian Ice like this. The closest thing to a non-toxic ingredient is the water, assuming it wasn’t scooped from the gutter.

    • Kevin,
      I agree, the artificial ingredients are the products key downside. But like Twinkies and fried chicken, everything in moderation. It is a dessert, not health food.

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