Sunday, July 11, 2010

Slurpee Day

Slurpees: Better then ice cream?

7-Eleven is celebrating it's 83rd birthday today across the US and Canada (Yes, 83rd birthday) as per usual. With free slurpees Mmmmm....


• The frozen, carbonated beverage was first invented in 1959 by a Kansas hamburger stand owner. Using an automobile air conditioner, he created a sophisticated piece of equipment that would freeze a carbonated soft drink and serve it in a sherbet-like form that could be sipped through a straw.

• 7-Eleven began selling Slurpee drinks, then called Icee, in its stores in 1965, and is the only place to buy a Slurpee drink.

• To get that uniquely Slurpee beverage consistency, each Slurpee machine has a compact refrigeration system that mixes syrup, carbon dioxide and water under pressure in a freezing chamber.

• Slurpee drinks are served fountain-style at a frosty 28°F/ -2°C.

• The Slurpee name was created in May 1967 during a brainstorming session of the Stanford Agency, 7-Eleven stores’ in-house agency. While drinking the product through a straw, agency director Bob Stanford commented that it made a “slurp” sound coming through the straw.

• To capitalize on the popularity of the Slurpee beverage, 7-Eleven began introducing Slurpee collectors’ cups in 1972. Through the years, special Slurpee cups have featured monsters, rock ‘n’ roll stars and endangered species. 7-Eleven also offered surprise Slurpee cups with false bottoms, free prizes and peel-off game pieces.

• Cola and Cherry continue to be Slurpee-lovers’ favorite flavors. Other top-selling Slurpee flavors are blue raspberry, Crystal Light Raspberry Ice and Mountain Dew.

• 7-Eleven coined the word BrainFreeze in 1994 to communicate the somewhat painful joy drinking a Slurpee drink brings.

So what if they are high in both sugar and sodium. There are much worse things you could consume- that cost money. So, if you can... go grad yourself a frozen freebie today and have a safe and happy Slurpee Day.

What's your favorite flavour?

(facts from an official press release from 7-Eleven)
Photo borrowed from Yahoo Image Search


Bathwater said...

The last time I went for free slurpies they ran out of cups and the cups weren't even the regular size. I decide to just by my own. I always get a coke.

I don't understand those people, like my kids, that will mix ten flavors together.

amourissima said...

I agree- when I was young and really crazy I use to mix peach with coke but now. I'm a big fan of 7Up when I can find it.

One time, I went to a store and they had all the regular flavors plus banana. And Buttered Popcorn. True story... (sad but true)

No one likes the butter popcorn jelly beans what made them think that people wanted to drink something cold and sweet that tasted like the same thing. SICK. I haven't seen it since.