Slush Puppie is a slush beverage created in 1974, and marketed both directly by the Slush Puppie division of The ICEE Company, and through its Slush Puppie Distributors in the U.S. A Slush Puppie has two major components; the base and the flavoring. The base is made from a special syrup that is mixed with water and then frozen. This creates a mixture resulting in pellets of ice in a sweet liquid. The taste is simply that of the flavored syrup.
The original owners, Will Radcliff (d. 2014) and his sister Phyllis, came up with the name while sitting on their front porch in Cincinnati, Ohio. The unique spelling of "puppie" was added to bring attention to both the name and the product. The business started from a home address in Cincinnati and progressed to a single door small warehouse, to a manufacturing plant/warehouse, to a candy and tobacco distributor, to finally a showplace building that overlooks the city of Cincinnati. The business was under the ownership of Will Radcliff, was acquired by Cadbury Schweppes in 2000, and was acquired by the ICEE Company on May 30, 2006.
- "Frozen in time: Slush Puppie still hot after 27 years, Cincinnati Enquirer, January 18, 1998.
- "With marketing, new flavors, Slush Puppies do hot business", Associated Press in The Vindicator, January 26, 1998.
- "Cadbury Buys Slush Puppie", BBC News, 21 December 2000.
- "J & J Snack Foods acquires Slush Puppie". Food Business News. May 30, 2006.
- "Drink Mogul Soaks Up Rural Life ; A Conservation Deal Lets Will Radcliff Of Slush Puppie Fame Stay On His Beloved Fly'n R Ranch." Orlando Sentinel, December 6, 2004 (pay wall).
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- Official UK site
- Official Canadian site
- Official Australian site
- Official site The Netherlands
- Official Swiss site
- Official French site (France)