Del’s Lemonade introduced a new apple cider flavor to its offerings earlier this month, and the seasonal special has been so popular among customers, they’ve sold out.
“Apple cider has been such a tremendous success, that we quickly ran out of our initial supply of concentrate three days after we introduced the flavor,” Del’s said in an email to the Globe on Monday. “That would mean a supply of over 1,000 gallons of our frozen apple cider lemonade was sold over a three-day period.”
Del’s announced the fall special on Sept. 15, and posted on Sunday that they ran out of stock and would be replenishing “asap.” Another round of concentrate was bottled and the new flavor is again available at the following locations: Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston; Richmond; Wakefield; North Kingstown; Westerly; Cumberland; Warren, Swansea, East Providence; Post Road and Warwick Avenue locations in Warwick; Johnston; Coventry; and West Warwick.
Served in a striped green-and-yellow paper cup, the beloved frozen treat is a Rhode Island tradition. The frozen lemonade stand has been in business since 1948, and their earliest frozen lemonade was created in 1840 by the DeLucia family in Naples, Italy, mixed with sugar and snow, according to company lore. In addition to the original lemon, Del’s also offers watermelon, blueberry, cherry, peach mango, grapefruit, and blood orange flavors. The brand occasionally releases seasonal specials.
“We strive to release one new flavor annually,” said Anthony DePalma, Del’s vice president of corporate operations. “While classic lemon will always be the face of our brand, we make it a goal to introduce products that are unique in flavor/taste, and complement our heritage product lines.”
“With undertones of honey crisp apple, it is the perfect flavor to welcome the arrival of fall,” the company wrote of the new apple cider flavor on Facebook. “Maybe add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.”
Commenters called it “absolutely delicious,” and hundreds wrote in wondering where they could find this new take on the Rhode Island delicacy. One person said they tried it in the Rhode Island room at the Big E.
In response to the news that the flavor sold out, one customer didn’t hold back,
“Keep it flowing. We will tell you when we’ve had enough.”
The flavor will be available for the remainder of the season, which runs through October, DePalma said, “or until supplies run out.”
Earlier this season, Del’s released a passionfruit flavor that was developed by an intern from Johnson & Wales University, DePalma said.
“Like Apple Cider, Passionfruit was well received by the general public, and there is strong demand for us to make it into a permanent flavor,” DePalma said.
This story has been updated with comments from Anthony DePalma.