BLOG: Rant & Rave: On a quest for Bret's Snapple
I’m on a quest for the Bret Michael’s Snapple Diet Trop-A-Rocka™ Tea.
My friend had a six-pack of it a couple of weeks ago and let me take one home.
It was deeelicious! It has a hint of cinnamon in it, and, I believe, mango. Heck, I don’t know what’s in it, but I do know that I liked it way better than the other Celebrity Apprentice’s Snapple, Compassionberry™ Tea.
However, Holly Robinson Peete’s drink is inspired from a good cause.
She says at snapple.com, that the “HollyRod Foundation helps families in the autism community access affordable treatment and compassionate care.”
“Our mission is what inspired my new Snapple flavor,” Robinson Peete said.
I’ve never watched “The Apprentice,” so I’m not into all that hype, but I am definitely into this Snapple drink.
My friend told me her mom, Deb, went to Cub Foods to find the Apprentice-inspired Snapples and the next day the Washington Walmart had it.
I went to Walmart looking for it, but it was nowhere to be found. I went back a week later and still no dice.
I called my friend’s mom to get the scoop. She said she was at Walmart Friday and cornered the Snapple guy.
He was stocking plenty of Compassionberry. She asked why he wasn’t stocking Trop-A-Rocka.
“He said he couldn’t keep it in stock because it’s going so fast,” Deb said.
Then, on Tuesday, our reporter, Holly Richrath, walks into my office holding an unopened bottle of Trop-A-Rocka.™ The bottle was glistening with condensation and my mouth began to water.
As Holly tried to talk to me about her story assignment, I cut her off and demanded, “Where did you get that?!”
She said her mom stocked up on it, so each time she stops there to visit, she grabs a bottle — much to her mother’s dismay.
I almost asked her for a tiny cup, but then thought I didn’t want to sound like some kind of crazy Snapple addict. Plus, I saw the worried look in her eye as if she knew what I was thinking.
So, I am still on my quest.
I am going to have to try harder.
Deb said that if she sees any she is going to buy plenty, including some for me. So, at least I have Snapple patrol now.
In the meantime, if anyone finds it, please let me know. My tastebuds would appreciate it.
Jeanette Kendall is executive editor at TimesNewspapers.