For those who were not raised in Rhode Island, this logo may be unfamiliar with you. It is the face of Del’s Frozen Lemonade, a Rhode Island staple that I have missed now that Michelle and I have been out of New England for almost ten years.
Rhode Island is the home of some pretty unique novelties, such as coffee milk, the official state drink. (What’s coffee milk? Well, its awesome, and I’ll leave it at that.) Perhaps I am just having a wave of nostalgia, but I miss some of the eats I was accustomed to growing up with. Rhode Island is known to have some of the best seafood in the country, and some of the best traditional Italian food known to mankind. Yes, I admit, I became spoiled living there. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve come to really enjoy grits, and I’ll have the occasional biscuit or sip of sweet tea, but I must say, it’d sure be nice to taste some of the eats I once enjoyed.
So, Del’s frozen lemonade. This is a pretty common image in the Rhode Island area. This sign brings to mind Del’s slogan, “Stop at the Sign of the Lemon.” And boy did I! I can remember driving through North Providence on a hot summer day as a teenager, and stopping to grab a cup of “Del’s.” But, this isn’t your ice-cream-stand frozen lemonade, mixing up in that machine. It is made fresh everyday, and is stored in a sort-of ice chest, ready to be scooped into a cup. This stuff is made from real lemons, with a method and ingredients designed for 100% consistency in every batch. Perhaps the most unique feature of the lemonade is the signature little bits of real lemon inside the tasty slush, which you can only get if you visit one of Del’s stands or stores. Sure, this is being sold around the world, but it began at a little stand in Cranston, RI in 1948 by Angelo DeLucia (Get it? DeL’s), the great-grandson of Del’s inventor, “Great Grandfather DeLucia.” He invented the frozen, lemony goodness in 1840 in Naples, Italy. You can read the full story here.
Well, anyway, we’ve been able to get our hands on this stuff from their website. It comes in mix packets which, if made according to directions, tastes pretty darn close to the real thing, minus the lemon bits. However, I’ve thought of cutting some up and adding them myself 🙂
The kids love it, and you can try it for yourself! Get some here.
Anyway, next time you happen to be in New England, look for that bright yellow sign, and be sure to “Stop at the Sign of the Lemon!”