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Frozen Beverage Machines Dispense Millions of 7-Eleven Slurpees Every Year

The Slurpee is related to the ICEE. The ICEE was invented in the mid-1950s by a man who is well-known in the historical world of frozen beverage dispensers. His name was Omar Knedlik. Mr. Knedlik was the original inventor of the frozen beverage equipment that produced the first version of frozen carbonated beverages – which were originally a type of “slushy” but eventually were named the “ICEE.”

In the mid-1960s, the popular convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, entered into an agreement with the ICEE Company to begin offering the frozen carbonated drinks at their store locations. However, the ICEE Company put certain restrictions on 7-Eleven. The rules were: 1) 7-Eleven was not allowed to call the frozen drinks being sold at their stores “ICEEs”, and 2) 7-Eleven was only allowed to sell the drinks in convenience stores located within the United States.

In order to differentiate the drink that would be dispensed from the frozen beverage machines at 7-Eleven from the original ICEE,  the agency creative director for 7-Eleven, whose name was Bob Sanford, came up with the name Slurpee.  He determined this word best described the noise people made when they drank the beverage through a straw. The name caught on, and the rest is history!

One  reason the Slurpee became such a popular beverage over the years, and remains a favorite drink for individuals across the world today, is the fact that 7-Eleven patrons have the ability to self-serve their own Slurpee through the frozen beverage equipment located inside the convenience stores. Because they can self-dispense the drinks, customers are able to take their time selecting their favorite flavors, or they can create their own flavor mixture if they so desire. Also, it’s entertaining for individuals who don’t normally get to operate frozen beverage equipment to dispense their own drinks.

The Slurpee Has a “Cool” History

According to the website MentalFloss.com, following are some interesting facts about the Slurpee and the frozen drink’s history:

  • During the Woodstock era, Slurpee cups featured colorful, psychedelic designs.
  • The Slurpee is known to give people Brain freeze.
  • In the 1970s, 7-Eleven started selling special cups with images of sports stars, comic book characters, early video games, and even rock bands.
  • In recent years, Slurpees have come in annual summer movie cups and flavors.
  • Special collector’s Slurpee cups have sold on eBay for three times what they originally sold for in the store.
  • Every year since 2002, on July 11 (that’s 7/11, of course), the company celebrates its birthday with 7-Eleven Day.
  • Most Slurpee flavors are Kosher.
  • Many 7-Eleven customers love to mix flavors from multiple frozen beverage dispensers.
  • Since the 2000 Presidential election in the United States, the company has run a promotion called “7-Election,” where customers vote by purchasing special red or blue coffee cups printed with each candidate’s name.

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