I can’t believe I did it again, but I followed up last year’s Rita’s tour with an even bigger and better tour this year. I’m not going to lie, it was intense. Last year was tough and mistakes were made, but we aimed higher this year. We hit four locations last time, but we wanted ten this year.
We couldn’t make it. Time wasn’t on our side. We were only able to make it to eight total locations over the course of nine hours. However, those nine hours did include a trip to a wedding venue hopeful that the fiance and I had already made an appointment with and a trip to Stuff Yer Face to get some food into us. I think we could have pulled off all ten locations still, but the one in Morristown didn’t exist anymore–damn Google for saying it was there–and another location was a few miles away from where we thought it was. But all-in-all, I think our efforts were quite impressive.
We improved on some of last year’s mistakes. This time, we made sure to eat real food beforehand and include a food stop later on in the trip. We also brought water and took advantage of sugar-free flavors at some locations to keep the sugar intake down. Additionally, we used self-control to not finish any serving. A regular sized ice at Rita’s is a pretty decent size, but trying to have eight of those in a day is enough to give you diabetes on the spot. I only consumed a third to a half of each one and in a couple locations requested just a kids size instead. And one last thing that I think may have helped was that my fiance and I went for a five-mile run in the morning.
Unfortunately, we got tempted by a random cupcake place we drove by in Denville, NJ. We saw Sugar Mommy’s Cupcakes and had to stop. Three of the four of us got cupcakes there which was not good for our sugar levels.
Ultimately, 21 flavors were tried by the group. Pretty impressive, I think. I also experienced flavors that I never even knew existed like RitaBerrious and Strawberry Margarita. The flavors that I tried myself were:
- Alex’s Lemonade – A standard, but always delicious.
- Green Apple – One of my favorites.
- Swedish Fish – I’m really glad that they kept this flavor after last year, it was only supposed to be a limited time thing. They got this impressively accurate.
- Georgia Peach – This was surprisingly amazing.
- Florida Orange – I only had a few spoonfuls of my fiance’s, but this was very good.
- Sugar-Free Cherry – Almost no flavor at all. Really disappointing.
- RitaBerrious – This wasn’t very good. I’m not even sure that it was supposed to be.
- Strawberry Margarita – Extremely good and very accurate tasting.
- Caramel Apple – Incredibly awesome.
- Peeps – This is a new flavor for this year. I only tried the sample, but it was good. About as gratuitously sugary as real Peeps.
- Island Fusion – I only sampled this one and had it not been only at the same location as the Caramel Apple, I would have ordered it.
- Pistachio – I only had a few bites of this since it was my fiance’s, but it was very, very good. I didn’t think I’d like it.
I’d like to think that this is a pretty impressive list, much better than last year. Last time around, we didn’t have a lot of choice at most of the locations, but I was very impressed this year to find that every location was pretty well stocked with flavors. Also, while most locations had lines 20-30 people deep at any given time, they moved quickly. Impressive.
Overall, I’d consider this to be a success this year. Much better than last time. I didn’t feel sick at all or over sugared really. Still, I think even more improvements could be made for next year and we could hit up to twelve stops. What probably killed us the most was the time it took to check out the wedding venue. That also kept us from staying more local. We ended up having to make a huge loop around instead of hitting a bunch of locations all within about 20 minutes of our apartment. To the right, is the map of the locations that we hit and below are a few pictures that I took. Also, for another account of the tour, check out Foodosaurus Rex. Enjoy!