Ice type names: Ice-O-Matic: Gourmet Ice; Manitowoc: Gourmet Ice; Hoshizaki: Top Hat Ice; Scotsman: Gourmet/Top Hat Ice. The scoop on the commercial ice maker: For Manitowoc, gourmet ice comes in a unique octagonal shape, while Ice-O-Matic, Hoshizaki, and Scostman have cylindrical ice that looks like a top hat.
Half cubes are typically smaller versions of cube or dice ice, though the Hoshizaki equivalents are crescent cubes, which we cover later in this guide. Half-cube ice is considered the most versatile type of ice, which is why it shows up in restaurants, convenience stores, dispensers, and baggers.
But nugget ice (also called “Pebble”, “Pellet”, “Chewable” or even “Sonic” ice) has a near-cult following. Sonic (the fast food joint) invested in Scotsman ice machines across the franchise two decades ago and ice chewers nationwide have become addicted to the chewy, airy ice.