Slush Puppie

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Slush Puppie (styled as SLUSH PUPPiE) is a slush beverage created in 1970, and marketed both directly by the Slush Puppie division of J & J Snack Foods, and through its Slush Puppie distributors in the US.

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.

Origin[edit]

The original owners, Will Radcliff (1939–2014), his sister, Phyllis, and their mother, Thelma, came up with the name "Slush Puppie" while sitting on their front porch in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] 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.[2]

Under Radcliff, Slush Puppie grew to $25 million in annual sales.[3] Radcliff sold Slush Puppie to Cadbury Schweppes for $16.6 million in 2000.[3][4] Slush Puppie was then acquired by J & J Snack Foods (aka the ICEE Corporation), a food manufacturer based in New Jersey, on May 30, 2006.[3][5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sewell, Dan (2014-09-23). "Will Radcliff: Businessman who made a fortune taking Slush Puppies from the US to shops round the world". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  2. ^ "With marketing, new flavors, Slush Puppies do hot business", Associated Press in The Vindicator, January 26, 1998.
  3. ^ a b c Vitello, Paul (2014-09-22). "Will Radcliff, 74, Creator of the Slush Puppie, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  4. ^ "Cadbury Buys Slush Puppie", BBC News, 21 December 2000.
  5. ^ "J & J Snack Foods acquires Slush Puppie". Food Business News. May 30, 2006.

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