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Gourmet Ice Cubes: Two's a Trend?

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Remember that list of specialized ice cube trays that ran on the L Magazine website last week? This weekend's Times gave the same concept the Style Section treatment, profiling a woman who became obsessed with gourmet ice cubes after her friends starting bringing their own ice to her parties, apparently because hers wasn't good enough. ("B.Y.O.I. was a turning point for me," the poor lady tells the Times.) Meanwhile, the executive director of the International Packaged Ice Association asserts “Ice is a food," a statement perhaps even more ridiculous than a Hans-Solo-shaped ice cube tray. Alas, despite being the focus of two recent articles, high-class ice isn't actually a trend: Ice sales at bodegas and other convenience stores make up only .05% of all products sold.
·The 10 Greatest Ice Cube Trays [The L Magazine]
·I Like My Ice Chilled Just So [NYT]