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Family-owned Business Opens its Doors in Goodyear: Hanna’s Original Italian Ice

Lindsey Minton
Hanna and her parents, Jeff and Stephanie

Goodyear, Arizona has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few years. There are a wide variety of shopping, schools, restaurants, and parks. You could say that Goodyear has it all, but that wouldn’t exactly be true. One thing that is missing in the area is a place to get Italian ice.

Hanna’s Original Italian Ice has come to the rescue.

Hanna’s is located at 14130 W. Indian School Rd. Suite A5 Goodyear, AZ 85395. Their hours are Tuesday-Thursday 12p.m.-8p.m., Friday & Saturday 12p.m.-9p.m. and Sunday 12p.m.-6p.m.

Stephanie, Jeff, and their daughter Hanna are the owners. They are originally from Rockford, Illinois. They moved to Surprise, Arizona in 2011. Jeff is a union electrician by trade. Stephanie has been a stay at mom since their daughter Hanna was born in 2002. 

Stephanie’s parents first had an Italian Ice business in Illinois named after her: Stephanie’s Original Italian Ice. The Italian ice was sold in the grocery stores in Rockford and a few other outlets in the suburbs of Chicago. They also sold it at their local water park, a local sports complex, and then eventually sold it at a wide variety of fairs, festivals, and arts/crafts shows out of a vendor cart. Growing up, Stephanie would help her parents with the business and really got to see first hand how much people loved it.

It was when Stephanie, Jeff, and their daughter Hanna came to Arizona that they noticed there were very few Italian Ice options. Stephanie started thinking about bringing her parents’ ice to Arizona, and so, Hanna’s Original Italian Ice (named after their only child) was born.

They choose Goodyear because it is a nice place with plenty to do and their particular spot has excellent foot traffic. They mainly use Stephanie’s parents’ recipes that have been around since the 80s and use the same flavor companies as the Illinois store.

The Italian ice mixture is made by hand and a special batch freezer machine does the rest of the work. Hanna’s has what they call “standard” flavors and “rotating” flavors.

The standard flavors are available every day. There are 50+ rotating flavors, but only 6 of those are available each day. Those flavors are rotated sometimes daily or every few days. So, everyday there are the 10 standard flavors and 6 rotating flavors available to your choosing. On their menu board they list their flavor options and they have “squirting lemon” stickers next to the flavors available for that day.

The most popular flavors are Lemon, Cotton Candy, Blue Raspberry, Strawberry, Black Raspberry, and Watermelon.

Hanna’s Original Italian Ice has a Facebook page, as well as a Twitter account. They recently started a “random Wednesday whispers” on their social media pages: it can be anything from BOGO to 25% off a Regular Italian Ice. You must whisper whatever it says or show the post to them.

Stay tuned for the official Grand Opening, as the family plans on sharing with the community some cool (and sweet) specials.