1 ice cube is not a "m'lo lugmo" (majority of one's mouth), and it is also not the "norm" to eat ice cubes. Some people do this, anyway. For those that do, does it require a bracha? Does it matter if the ice cubes have a flavor, e.g.- frozen raspberry syrup?

  • See here if that will help you.....spoiler, no mention of ice cube [though he does talk about "ices" which I think are the same as "ice cubes [that] have a flavor, e.g.- frozen raspberry syrup"]
    – MTL
    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:00
  • And "ice" anything is the only thing under "I" in Halachos of Brachos [with the arguable exception of "icing"]
    – MTL
    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:02
  • judaism.stackexchange.com/q/65628/759
    – Double AA
    May 4, 2016 at 5:12

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A beracha rishona is made on any amount of anything edible (Tur O.C. 210:1), including things which aren't so good (O.C. 204:1). So you would make a shehakol.

Beracha Acharona could depend on a machlokes about shiurim of foods which are normally consumed more slowly. Something which the normal way to consume it is to have less of it at a time, as I assume would be the case with ice cubes (since they are, by definition, freezing cold), is subject to a machlokes if it has a lower shiur. The Taz (O.C. 210:1) assumes that whiskey has a lower shiur because people do not drink it at the normal rate of other drinks, and therefore it's shiur is whatever the standard amount is. The Pri Megadim there cites a number of authorities who argue, among them the Elya Rabba and Magen Avraham.

  • +1. But what is "Tur O.C. 210:1"? I didn't look up 210, but AFAIK Tur doesn't generally have subparts to its chapters. Is 210 an exception?
    – msh210
    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:43
  • @msh210 sorry I use the shiras devora Tur which has the Tur split up by the corresponding se'ifim of the shulchan aruch. I guess that is misleading. Jul 29, 2014 at 12:35

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