Every year, 7,290,000 gallons of Slurpee are consumed worldwide — enough to fill 12 Olympic-size pools. The beverage — essentially frozen, flavored sugar water blasted with carbon dioxide — comes in an unending flow of flavors and especially entices its suitors during the summer months.

But the icy treat has an intriguing history: it was discovered accidentally, became a staple of “cool kid” culture in the 60s and 70s, and has continued to thrive thanks to brilliant marketing (and occasional deliciousness).

Originally posted by Dane Carlson on April 9, 2014 in Ideas.


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