7 Best Slurpees From 7-Eleven
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We think these are the seven best Slurpee flavors at 7-Eleven.
One a boiling hot day, what could taste better than an ice-cold Slurpee? We think these are the seven best Slurpee flavors that 7-Eleven has ever sold:
#7 Cherry Limeade
You can’t go wrong with the sweet-sour taste of a cherry limeade Slurpee.
Photo Credit: Flickr/Heidi De Vries
#6 Piña Colada Slurpee
The refreshing island piña colada flavor makes you want to sail away to Jamaica.
Photo Credit: Flickr/Robert Neff
#5 Dr Pepper Slurpee
Good ol’ reliable Dr Pepper is always here for you.
Photo Credit: Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
#4 Blue Raspberry Slurpee
This Slurpee flavor was so good that we wish they’d bring it back.
Photo Credit: Flickr/Ryan Ruppe
#3 Wild Cherry Slurpee
Wild Cherry is a good fallback when there’s no Coca-Cola or Pepsi Cola flavored Slurpee left. The redder, the better.
Photo Credit: Flickr/messicanbeer
#2 Pepsi Cola Slurpee
If you can’t have a Coke Slurpee because they’re out, choose Pepsi Cola. It tastes almost identical.
Photo Credit: Flickr/Robert Neff
#1 Coca-Cola Slurpee
Coke is a classic flavor that we doubt will ever disappear from the Slurpee fountain.
Photo Credit: Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
Kosher Slurpee List – Get Your Free Slurpees from 7Eleven TODAY (7/11/11)!
Thankfully 7Eleven (7-11) falls out in the Summer, and that the brand isn’t named 12-11, otherwise we’d be enjoying their frozen Slurpee treats in the frigid Winter. Imagine that Brain Freeze.
Head to your local 7-11 today for a free 7.11 fl. oz. Slurpee. Here’s a store locator.
7-Eleven Cherry Slurpee
Put on a big red smile. Now you can learn how to make a Slurpee from the popular convenience store, complete with brain freeze. You must have a blender to make this copycat 7-Eleven cherry Slurpee recipe, and enough room to stick that blender into your freezer to get it nice and thick. This recipe gets close to the original with Kool-Aid mix and a little help from cherry extract, but you can make this drink with any flavor Kool-Aid mix (if you decide to make some variations, don't worry about adding extract). This recipe makes enough to fill one of those giant-size 32-ounce cups you find at the convenience store. Now I should hack the spoon-straws. Click here for more 7-Eleven Drinks & Snacks.
This recipe is available in
- 2 cups cold club soda
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon cherry flavored unsweetened Kool-Aid mix
- 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract
- 2 1/2 cups crushed ice
1. Pour 1 cup of the club soda into a blender. Add the sugar, Kool-Aid mix, and cherry extract. Blend this until all of the sugar is dissolved.
2. Add the crushed ice and blend on high speed until the drink is a slushy, smooth consistency, with no remaining chunks of ice.
3. Add the remaining club soda and blend briefly until mixed. You may have to stop the blender and use a long spoon to stir up the contents.
4. If necessary, put the blender into your freezer for 1/2 hour. This will help thicken it up. After 1/2 hour remove blender from freezer and, again, blend briefly to mix.
7-Eleven using mustaches, Mason jars to make Slurpees hipster friendly
Slurpees, the sugar-charged slushy drinks from 7-Eleven, aren’t exactly the most hip of beverages. In fact, the mass-produced, uber popular drink probably goes against everything Portland even stands for.
But the 7-Eleven chain is making its Slurpees a little more hipster friendly by targeting two essentials: the mustache and the Mason jar.
The chain has launched a line of mustache Slurpee drink straws and a 26-ounce refillable plastic Mason jar Slurpee mug. The straws come in four styles: the British, the Handlebar, the Hogan (after wrestler Hulk Hogan) and the Swanson (after Ron Swanson, a character on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”).
“It was only a matter of time,” said 7-Eleven said in a statement. “They’re seemingly everywhere — on party supplies, clothing, jewelry, candy, decals, at ‘stache bashes, in party photo booths, even on cars and baby pacifiers.”
The mustache straws retail for 99 cents and the Mason jar mug is $2.99. They are both available at participating 7-Eleven locations while supplies last.
If they haven’t already flooded your Twitter feed, we’re anticipating an influx of Slurpee mustache selfies.
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Jenn Harris is a columnist for the Food section and host of “The Bucket List” fried chicken show. She has a BA in literary journalism from UC Irvine and an MA in journalism from USC. Follow her @Jenn_Harris_.
7-Eleven becomes biggest retail chain by serving the forgetful (1977)
Milton Moskowitz in the Tampa Times (Florida) February 9, 1977
Which retail chain has more units in the United States than any other? The answer is neither Safeway, nor A & P, the two largest operators of supermarkets. Each has more than 2,000 stores bearing their flags.
The answer is not Sears, Roebuck, the world&rsquos largest retailer in terms of dollar sales volume. Sears has nearly 900 stores across the country. The answer is not J.C. Penney, which is second to Sears as a general merchandise retailer. Penney runs about 1,650 stores.
And the answer is not S.S. Kresge, whose network of K-mart discount houses has made it the fastest-growing company among the giants of retailing. There are now some 1,200 K-marts in the nation.
No, the correct answer to this quiz is the Southland Corporation of Dallas. Southland operates or franchises the 7-Eleven convenience stores. There are now 6,000 of these units, more food outlets than Safeway and A & P combined.
The 7-Eleven phenomenon is a creature of our times &mdashand in light of what it does dispense, it may be a misnomer to call it a food outlet. It&rsquos the store for people who forgot to stock up with cigarettes at the supermarket.
At a typical 7-Eleven, cigarettes account for 16 percent of purchases. It&rsquos the store for people who need to pick up a six-pack of beer or a bottle of wine. Beer and wine represent 15 percent of dollar volume.
Or it&rsquos the store for people who are buying paper cups, toilet paper and other non-food items such as razor blades, soap and Tampax. That accounts for another 18 percent of purchases. In short, at least half the items bought at a 7-Eleven are not food at all.
Beyond that, many 7-Elevens have spits or grills to dispense &ldquoHot to Go&rdquo foods. And more than 10 percent of 7-Elevens now have a self-service gasoline pump.
It all adds up to a volume of about $1.6 billion a year, which makes the 7-Eleven operation bigger than the Grand Union supermarket chain or the R.H. Macy department store system.
Southland Corporation itself is a mixture that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. While it&rsquos running these thousands of mini-markets where kids buy Slurpees and potato chips and adults pick up a pack of Marlboro and a carton of milk, it also serves the carriage trade on New York&rsquos upper East Side through its ownership of the Gristede markets and the Charles & Co. gourmet shops.
One way to look at the 7-Eleven phenomenon is as a revolt against the supermarket. People certainly don&rsquot shop at a 7-Eleven to save money. They do shop there to save time &mdash who wants to go to a supermarket to buy a pack of cigarettes?
They also shop there because the 7-Eleven may be open when other stores are not. The name, &ldquo7-Eleven,&rdquo does not refer to craps, but to the fact that the stores were originally open from 7 am to 11 pm.
Today, well over half the 7-Elevens are open 24 hours a day. And the average 7-Eleven unit does one-third of its total business on weekends.
What else is different about a 7-Eleven convenience store? The customer mix. Southland&rsquos figures show that 68 percent of all its customers are male. And 19 percent are children and teenagers.
This is not the place for serious shoppers. The average customer purchase is $1.40, and half the customers spend less than three minutes in the store. Try to do that in a supermarket.
6 healthy slushie recipes that are way better than a 7-Eleven Slurpee
Today is July 11—the day 7-Eleven celebrates annually with free Slurpees for all. Now, I’ve gotta admit. Those nearly fluorescent drinks are delicious, and I’ve had quite a few in my day. Unfortunately, that great taste comes at a (very sugary) cost.
Slurpees from 7-Eleven contain a concoction of artificial colors and up to 27 grams of sugar per 12 oz. cup, with enough high fructose corn syrup to make you wince at first sip. That blue raspberry and wild cherry mix might not be the best choice for your health. But you can easily make your own version at home with slushie recipes that use real fruit… and they’re almost as delicious as the original. Almost.
The Slurpee revolutionized the straw
Remember that dark time in human history when you had spoons and you had straws, but nothing in between? So if you wanted to, say, drink a milkshake, you had two choices. Either struggle to sip the high-viscosity liquid through a straw like a chump, or resort to scooping it straight into your mouth with a spoon like a savage. When it came to impressing on first dates, neither tactic was ideal.
The Slurpee changed all this with the introduction of its signature spoon straw. The pioneering utensil was developed by Arthur A. Aykanian, an industrial designer who trained as a mechanical engineer at MIT.
The spoon straw is beautiful in its simplicity. At first glance, it looks like your average straw. But upon closer examination, you'll notice the bottom features a tiny scoop. With the spoon straw, you can alternate between digging into the icy layer that sits atop your Slurpee and sipping the melted liquid at the bottom like a traditional straw.
Since the release of the spoon straw, 7-Eleven has introduced additional, limited edition Slurpee straws, including edible candy straws and collectible tongue straws.
The cool history of the Slurpee
(Mental Floss) -- When President Obama commented that the Republicans were standing around drinking Slurpees while the Democrats were busy creating real change in Washington, it caused quite a storm. Now that he's sitting down with the new Republican leadership this week, the so-called "Slurpee Summit" is the talk of the nation.
While most of us have had one of 7-Eleven's frozen concoctions, there's plenty more you probably don't know about this too cool drink.
Like so many great inventions, the Slurpee was created by accident. In the late-1950s, Omar Knedlik of Kansas City owned an old Dairy Queen whose machinery was always breaking down. When his soda fountain went out, he improvised by putting some bottles in the freezer to stay cool. However, when he popped the top, they were a little frozen and slushy. Folks loved them and started requesting "those pops that were in a little bit longer."
Realizing he had a surprise hit on his hands, Knedlik built a machine in the back room using the air conditioning unit from a car that would create slushy soda by combining and freezing a flavor mix, water, and carbon dioxide to make it fizz.
He held a "Name the Product" contest and the winning entry was "ICEE." With help from an engineering and manufacturing company in Dallas, the ICEE machine was redesigned and sold to a few convenience stores throughout the early 1960s.
But things really took off when, 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.
Thanks to inventive advertising aimed at the growing youth market, Slurpees were an instant hit with the Woodstock generation. The cups featured colorful, almost psychedelic designs, and the flavors -- "Fulla Bulla," "For Adults Only," and "Kiss Me, You Fool" -- were edgy for the time.
7-Eleven ads were so popular that radio DJs were getting call-in requests for Slurpee commercials. One 1970 campaign featured a full-length song, "Dance the Slurp," written by one of the founding fathers of radio jingles, Tom Merriman. It was released on free, promotional 45 rpm records available in 7-Eleven stores.
The catchy little tune was a huge hit at the time and its influence even extended into the late-1990s, when turntablists Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow used the song as the inspiration for their 1999 album, Brainfreeze. Because so few copies of the giveaway album still exist, copies of "Dance the Slurp" regularly go for as much as $50 on eBay.
In the 1970s, 7-Eleven started selling special cups with images of sports stars, comic book characters, early video games, and even rock bands. The cups kept kids coming back to complete the entire collection. Later, limited edition Slurpee flavors started accompanying the cups to create a complete marketing package.
This is a tradition has continued today through promotional tie-ins with video games, professional wrestling, and extreme sports. In recent years, Slurpees have come in annual summer movie cups and flavors. Dating back to 2002, when the tie-in for "Men In Black II" was a blackberry drink, the promo cups and flavors have grown more and more elaborate (and popular).
The biggest hit so far has been the "Iron Man" franchise, with special collector's cups that feature 3-D character designs and a special helmet dome lid. They've been sold on eBay for three times what they originally sold for in the store.
However, for "The Simpson's" Movie in 2007, they went beyond just redesigned cups and wacky flavors. Select 7-Elevens were converted to look inside and out like Kwik-E-Marts, the 7-Eleven parody on the show, complete with "Squishees," the cartoon world's version of the Slurpee. The tie-in flavor that summer was Woo-Hoo Vanilla Blue, probably one of Homer's favorites.
You'd think the last thing Canadians would want is a frozen drink. But since 1999, Winnipeg has been crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World with more than 188,833 Slurpees sold there every month. With a population of just over 675,000 people, that means over a quarter of the population enjoys a Slurpee on a regular basis. The rest of Canada pales in comparison, selling only 179,900 Slurpees every month.
Detroit sells the most cups of any U.S. metro area, but the largest single Slurpee-selling store in the U.S. is the one in Kennewick, Washington, which locals have dubbed "The Slurpee Factory."
Overall, North Americans sip almost 13 million Slurpee drinks every month. And since 1966, close to 6.5 billion Slurpee drinks have been sold, enough to almost fulfill your dreams of buying the world a (frozen) Coke.
Every year since 2002, on July 11 (that's 7/11, of course), the company celebrates its birthday with "7-Eleven Day." Only in this case, the customers get the present -- free 7.11-ounce Slurpees for the first 1,000 people through the door of participating stores. It's estimated that the company gives away over 5,000,000 Slurpees to happy customers on this one day.
In case you were wondering, almost all Slurpee flavors are considered kosher pareve (food that is neither meat nor dairy). There are a few, such as Diet Pepsi and the Jolly Rancher mixes, that are considered kosher dairy (due to the chemical tagatose in the artificial sweetener), while others, like the popular Piña Colada drink, are not certified at all. Some 7-Eleven stores get the machines themselves certified kosher, which the store owners use as a selling point for their Jewish customers.
As any regular Slurpee fan knows, one of the best parts about the self-serve drink is being able to mix flavors from different dispensers. According to Slurpee market research, 41 percent of slurpers never mix their flavors, 37 percent always do, and 21 percent will mix every once in a while.
The most popular combinations use the Coke flavor as a base, with a fruity mix on top -- often Wild Cherry or Piña Colada. But of course for the really daring, there's always the "Suicide Slurpee" -- mixing a little bit of every flavor from the row of dispensers.
Some of the wilder Slurpee flavors on tap have been Grapermelon, Darth Dew (a tie-in with Star Wars), Bubble Yum, Banana Cream Pie, Mango Bango, Red Licorice, Purple S-Cream, Slurpurita Pomegranate, and Shrekalicious (a tie-in with Shrek).
Most of these and other wild and wacky flavors sound like they could come from a factory run by a guy named Wonka. But in fact, most are the invention of the mad scientists at the Dr Pepper Snapple Labs in Plano, Texas. (Yes, they make Snapple and Dr Pepper flavors, too).
To create a new Slurpee flavor requires a savvy combination of science, senses, and marketing. One of their biggest challenges is keeping up on flavor trends, such as knowing that exotic fruits like acai, yumberry, litchi, and dragon fruit are becoming popular with consumers whereas previously hot flavors, like mango and pomegranate, are now commonplace.
Of course just because it's popular doesn't necessarily mean it will taste good. They go through numerous rounds of product testing until they get the flavor just right. But once they've locked down the taste, they have to consider the name, the color, and the consistency of the mix when it's cooled to the standard 28° Fahrenheit.
The process can take weeks or even months to go from concept to your corner store.
Purple for the People
For the upcoming Slurpee Summit, 7-Eleven has offered to provide symbolic Slurpees -- red for Republican, blue for Democrat, and a new flavor, "Purple for the People," which combines the two colors. So far, their offer has not been accepted, but some in the White House say the drinks could still make an appearance.
Regardless, the pending sit-down has been reason enough for 7-Eleven to launch a massive promotional campaign in the form of the Slurpee Unity Tour, a cross-country trek from 7-Eleven's Dallas headquarters to the nation's capital, giving away free samples of their new purple drink to Slurpee fans along the way.
This isn't the first time 7-Eleven has gone political. Since the 2000 Presidential election, 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. The cups are scanned at check-out and automatically entered in this unscientific, but surprisingly accurate poll -- in 2000 and 2004, the number of coffee cup votes and the number of actual popular votes for both candidates was only off by 1 or 2 percentage points.
While 2008's 7-Elections results were still correct, they gave the election to Obama by a landslide -- 60 percent to 40 percent -- when the margin was really only about 7 percent.
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How To Spice Up Your Slurpee
Here are some excellent slurpee-alcohol combos that we suggest for spiking your super cheap Slurpees next time you head to the local 7-11. Keep it in your Sevie’s cup and no one at the family BBQ/work/parent-teacher conference meeting will know the difference.
Long Island Ice Slurpee
The original and always the best, Coca-cola is definitely the best flavour of slurpee!
There are the obvious mixers: whiskey, rum, the cheapest liquor in the alcohol isle, etc. But we here at Sobur Hangover HQ like to think bigger.
Nothing tastes better on a hot, humid July day than an iced tea!
Long Island Iced Slurpee
A normal Long island requires a lot of liquor and a splash of coke, but it also calls for instantaneous blackout, so let’s switch up the ratio a bit:
- 8 oz. Coke Slurpee
- .5 oz. Vodka
- .5 oz. Light Rum
- .5 oz. Tequila
- .5 oz. Gin
- .5 oz. Orange flavour shot (They’re right next to the soda fountain!)
Step 1: Fill slurpee and deposit flavor shot at 7-11.
Step 2: Go home and add liquor.
Step 3: Mix thoroughly, but slowly. You do not want to disturb the icy integrity of the Slurpee.
Real Pina Colada Slurpee (Slurpalada)
I’m surprised that this got away with being a Slurpee flavour when the brand is so clearly directed at children. But why stop at Pina Colada? Where’s my Slurparita? Or Slurpee Old Fashioned? Ingredients:
- Slurpee Colada
- 8 oz. Pina Colada Slurpee
- 1.5 oz. Rum
- Garnish of your choosing
Step 2: Search 7-11 for appropriate garnish. David Wondrich of Esquire says (of normal Pina Coladas), “hell, whatever you’ve got. Cherry. Pineapple. Fruit”. This is extra-true for us. 7-11 is not known for its fresh produce, so literally go with whatever you can find that doesn’t have bruises or flies.
Step3: Go home and add liquor slowly. Also, keep the liquor chilled before you add! Warm liquor will turn a Slurpee into syrup.
Mountain Dew: Live Wire
The first time Mountain Dew: Live Wire came out, the label said something along the lines of “THIS SUMMER ONLY! DRINK IT ALL IMMEDIATELY!”, so I immediately bought eight 2-litre bottles because I loved it so much and wanted to have it forever.
Years later, it still returns annually, so the stockpile is an embarrassing reminder of both my lack of impulse control and gullability to a good marketing message.
Since it is the absolute tastiest orange beverage I’ve ever had, I’ve forgiven them! Ingredients for this slurpee cocktail:
- 8 oz. Mountain Dew: Live Wire
- 1.5 oz. Dewar’s Scotch (Doesn’t have to be Dewar’s. It’s just a cool alliteration.)
Step 1: Pour. Add. Mix slowly. You know the deal.
Until now, we’ve been using the smallest size available (8 oz.) as it’s most appropriate for a single-serving recipe, but I would be remiss for doing a Slurpee feature without highlighting the unnecessarily wide range of sizes. Punch is for sharing, after all…
- 20 oz. Hawaiian Punch Slurpee
- 20 oz. Sprite Snowball Blast Slurpee
- ? (up to you) oz. Everclear
Step 1: Fill a 40 oz. Slurpee cup halfway with Hawaiian Punch slurpee.
Step 2: Top off with Sprite Snowball Blast.
Step 3: At the liquor store, avert your eyes while buying Everclear. Let nobody see your shame.
Step 4: Add as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. We all know how much the recipe called for in college, but that’s not something we’re comfortable advocating here.
Step 5: Share with whatever friends you have left!
Enjoy these delicious slurpee-alcohol recipes. But remember, always drink responsibly.
7-Eleven's New Slurpee Legitimately Tastes Like Liquid Cotton Candy
Call me what you want, but even in my 20s, I still crave 7-Eleven Slurpees like a child after a long, sizzling-hot Summer day. My go-to has always been the classic Blue Raspberry, but recently, I spotted a new blue flavor at my local 7-Eleven and I instantly transformed into the heart-eyed emoji — the Cotton Candy Slurpee. Like any cotton-candy-lover or 25-year-old with adolescent eating habits, this spoke to my soul, and I didn't even think twice before filling my cup with the liquid blue sugar-filled heaven.
The Slurpee tasted exactly like cotton candy. I mean, this thing is fresh out of the circus concession stand, and it's insanely sweet. I only had a small size, but that was all I needed. Like every Slurpee, it's incredibly refreshing and the perfect thirst-quenching drink during Summer.
But 7-Eleven didn't stop at the Slurpee — the chain has teamed up with ChapStick for a Chrome Cotton Candy Slurpee lip balm. While it may not be in our best interest to sip on a Cotton Candy Slurpee at all hours of the day, the ChapStick is the ultimate way to keep the flavor on our lips all day long.