Rita’s Italian Ice offers weather-appropriate seasonal treats


Brr, it’s “cold” outside. With these chilly Phoenix temps—an unbearable 70 degrees—cold treats might not be what you’re craving, but Rita’s Italian Ice might just have the traditional holiday flavors your sweet tooth can’t ignore during the season.

The Rita’s Italian Ice Tempe locations have been in business for more than two years, and no matter the temp, Zach Cobian, owner, is certain that the desserts, his staff and prices will leave a lasting impression.

“Everything is always fresh. We make everything daily, and aside from that, we want people to feel like family, and not to just come in for dessert,” he says. “We try to keep treats affordable. Our average item is about $3.”

At Rita’s Italian Ice, customers can choose from a wide variety of treats. But for this holiday season, Rita’s Italian Ice is offering a few flavor favorites including YORK Peppermint Pattie treats, a gingerbread Italian ice flavor, a horchata Italian ice flavor and variations on the traditional pumpkin pie, too.

Before selecting a flavor, customers can choose from several different dessert styles: Milkshake, Blendini, Italian Ice, Gelati, Cream Ice, Misto and Frozen Custard, and then move on to selecting a flavor from there. This season, Cobian says Rita’s Italian Ice headquarters has launched new flavor sensations; the YORK Peppermint Pattie desserts.

The latest YORK Peppermint Pattie holiday dessert creations, available from December 1 through December 31, include YORK Peppermint Pattie Milkshake, Merry Mint Blendini and YORK Peppermint Pattie Sundae.

If a minty treat isn’t your preference, Rita’s Italian Ice dessert options don’t stop there. Cobian says bringing a pumpkin pie to a holiday dinner or party is possible, even if you don’t have a kitchen. He says that with a few easy steps, your pumpkin pie will be a total hit. To make it, purchase a pre-made graham cracker pie crust, visit a Rita’s Italian Ice in Tempe location, order two Pumpkin Pie Blendinis. Once made, scoop the Blendinis into the ready-made pie crust and—if necessary—put the pie in the freezer long enough until it sets up.

“It’s the best pumpkin pie,” Cobian says of the result.

Rita’s Italian Ice also offers a holiday season gift card promotion through the end of the year, which benefits both you and the person receiving the gift card.

“For every $10 gift card you buy, you get a free treat any time you want it,” he says

Rita’s on Mill, 740 S. Mill Avenue, Suite110, Tempe, 480.966.0787, ritasonmill.com and Rita’s on South McClintock Drive, 7660 S. McClintock Drive, Suite103, Tempe, 480.755.5054, ritassmcclintock.com



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