1. The Slurpee was invented by Omar Knedlik, who owned a Dairy Queen in Coffeeville, Kansas during the 1950s. On hot days, Mr. Knedlik would store bottles of Coke in his freezer and serve these super-cooled, semi-frozen drinks to his customers. He advertised this unique and refreshing drink as “The Coldest Drink in Town.” Mr. Knedlik began tinkering with an old ice cream machine and soon had the first primitive working model of the modern ICEE Machine.”
2. At the time, Knedlik contacted a manufacturing company that was experimenting with another new technology: the automobile air conditioning unit. Knedlik used the first automobile air conditioning unit technology to develop a machine that could make slushed iced drinks.
3. In 1965, 7-Eleven licensed the machine, but called the drink by a different name to make it unique for their stores. The name Slurpee was coined by Bob Stanford, a 7-Eleven ad agency director, when he described the sound made while sipping it through a straw.
Why Slurpee’s before workouts may be good for you!
To learn more about the science behind precooling to extend workouts check out this article: How Slushies Improve Your Running Time. next time you go for a run on a really hot day, consider having a slushie or plain water with lots of finely-crushed ice about 30 minutes beforehand. And if the heat does get to you, always be safe — take a break and cool down before starting up again.