If you read Wednesday's blog post on how I spent last week Eating the Ocean State, and have been wondering why my favorite Del's Lemonade was not included, it's because I've been saving & savoring it for this very moment – Food Truck Friday.
Just as I described in last week's Del's Lemonade LA Food Truck post, it seriously is a real treat (pun intended) that my favorite Italian Ice from Rhode Island graced my presence with 15 years later in LA – and in the form of a Food Truck, no less.
So, today I bring you the ORIGINAL, I'm talking the first Del's Lemonade STAND & even HEADQUARTERS straight outta Cranston, Rhode Island.
- as delicious as ever, perfectly balanced lemon & sugar, smaller ice crystals, and cheaper too The Original Del's Frozen Lemonade ($1.65 Small)
I was so happy to be reunited with my long lost, then found in LA, love. It was a short stop, the very nature of the stand, and honestly between trying to fit in all my other Rhode Island favorites from 10 years ago, the size Small was just right – and almost half the price of LA's too. The Ice Crystals seemed finer and easier to chug, and the Frozen Lemon Rinds were just as blissful as on the West Coast.
Unlike LA's 3 locations, the original stand in Cranston, RI sells more than Lemonade & Italian Ice. To eat they've got your typical childhood Candy Treasure Trove like Blow Pops, Ring Pops, Fire Balls & Airheads ($0.10-0.75), as well as Fair-Friendly Food like Caramel Corn & Cotton Candy ($1.50-2). More substantial Stadium Cravings include Pretzel Rods, Hot Dogs & Nachos ($0.15-3.75).
What's super ice cool is that they sell their own Mix, so you can take it home and make your own ($9.95 Quart, $16 1/2 Gallon, $25 Gallon).
The service is as friendly as always with a "wicked auuwwwesome" Rhode Island accent that makes me giggle every time. Yet oddly enough, I was actually surprised & delighted to see a Del's Lemonade Truck at 1st beach in Newport, RI, which I'd never seen before. It actually made me feel at home.
P.S. It took every fiber of my being to not break into the Del's Headquarters and learn their secret recipe. It's Froh-so-good!