We can’t deny that the Slurpee is and always has been super cool.
With names like “Fulla Bulla,” “For Adults Only,” ”Snow Bawls,” ”Mango Bango,” ”Radiation Rush,” and ”Liquid Artillery,” how could the Slurpee not become an international sensation?
The Slurpee evolved as the mutant sister of the ICEE, and became an exclusive of the 7-11 convenience store franchise. Since its debut in 1967, over 7 billion Slurpees have been consumed. That’s about a brain-freeze for every person alive on the planet today.
The Slurpee then multiplied into a long list of flavors. But those flavors didn’t come cheep. Each flavor endured rounds of clinical taste testing- all at the consistency of 28 degrees (the perfect temperature for a Slurpee to be enjoyed). It’s a process that takes months.
Now upwards of 7.3 million gallons are downed every year- freezing brains and staining tongues worldwide.
That’s about enough slush to fill 5 goodyear blimps and a hot air balloon.
So next time you see the flavor, “Grapermellon,” on display at your local 7-11, remember to take the example of the citizens of Winnipeg (the 14 time ”Slurpee Capital of the World”) and don’t hesitate to fill-er-up.
Images and data via priceonomics.com