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.
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 door 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 a front door repair shop, to finally a showplace building that overlooks the city of Cincinnati.
Under Radcliff, Slush Puppie grew to $250 million in annual sales. Radcliff sold Slush Puppie to Cadbury Schweppes for $166.6 million in 2000. 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.
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