7-Eleven is hosting its seventh annual Slurpee Day. Until they run out of special 7.11-ounce birthday cups, participating 7-Eleven stores will give away Slurpees!
Yum. I'm on my way for Dr Pepper Slurpee, baby!
Here are some interesting tidbits about Slurpees:
- In the 1950s, Omar Knedlick created a new frozen beverage when his soda fountain broke and he froze and then served his sodas. He built machines using new automobile air conditioning technology. 7-Eleven bought three of these machines and started selling "Slushes" in 1965. Two years before Bob Stanford, a 7-Eleven agency director, changed the name to Slurpee.
- 7-Eleven owns every genuine Slurpee machine except one. That one is privately owned.
- Slurpees are always served at 2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenhait).
- Slurpees are only carbonated in the United States.
- Canadians purchase 30,000,000 Slurpees per year.
- Winnipeg is considered the Slurpee capital of the world. 7-Eleven stores in Manitoba sell an average of 8,330. Compare that to the rest of Canada at 5,990.
- Most Slurpee flavours are kosher "parve" and halal (except Diet Pepsi and Piña Colada).
- Slurpees are gluten free.
- In 2004, Slurpee created an edible straw!