I don't think so, but it's a good idea. Throwing in a suggestion in the suggestion section for craftable packed ice from regular ice would get my support.
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The Darkness will win one day, and light's time being the winner is nearing it's end. Because light is overrated.
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Code changes from 1.7 to 1.8 for us modders (that I found): https://gist.github.com/Niadel/2d2db8dd89de27f970a7
For now it is one of the more seldom materials, just like mycelium and red sand. I wouldn't really mind if Mojang is going to made it craftable (or renewable), but I do also like it that there are some more materials in the game where you have to travel for (at least if you got not one of those lucky seeds with ice spikes near spawn). And the packed ice is a beautiful and solid building block to me.