Slush Puppie is a slush beverage created in 1974, and marketed both directly by the Slush Puppie division of J & J Snack Foods, 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 (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. 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.
Under Radcliff, Slush Puppie grew to $25 million in annual sales. Radcliff sold Slush Puppie to Cadbury Schweppes for $16.6 million in 2000. Slush Puppie was then acquired by J & J Snack Foods, a food manufacturer based in New Jersey, on May 30, 2006.
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