Summer Food: The Tastes of Summer: Water Ice

With more than 360 stores from Rhode Island to Ohio to Florida — and 130 in the Delaware Valley alone — Rita’s Water Ice ( is the undisputed king of the paradoxically named, Philly-born treat. This summer, the franchise debuts Island Fusion, a tropical-punch medley of mango, passion fruit and coconut. It’s a nod to the newfound popularity of the mango, which last year surpassed longtime champ cherry as Rita’s top seller.