Slush Puppie Summer GiftsMark Watts
In 1970, Cincinnatian Will Radcliff was at a Chicago trade show when he made a culinary discovery: a slush machine. The machine, which was manufactured by Stoelting and had been on the market for decades, didn’t have a name or any marketing materials. But Radcliff, who had already found success as a peanut salesman, saw an opportunity. One evening, Radcliff enlisted the help of his mother and sister to brainstorm some names for his would-be slushy drink. Over a six-pack of beer, they wrote down a handful of possibilities on a brown paper bag and came up with the idea for Slush Puppie, which would feature a cartoon dog as their mascot and logo. Shortly thereafter, Radcliff invested all the money he had (a sum total of $970) and founded the company. Though other iced beverages such as ICEE already existed, Slush Puppie was different because it was a non-carbonated drink created with flavoured syrups and water that are mixed together in a machine and then frozen.
When Radcliff started what would become a multimillion-dollar enterprise, only four flavours were offered: cherry, grape, orange, and lemon-lime. Today, there are more than 40 flavours available and they all taste delicious. Radcliff’s flavoured ice pellets beverage gambit took off and by 1999 sales had escalated to $25 million a year—that’s a lot of slush! In 2000 Cadbury Schweppes bought Slush Puppie Corp., and in 2006 J&J Snack Foods—which also owns ICEE—purchased the company from Cadbury. By this point, Radcliff was ready to retire and had purchased more than 3,000 acres of Florida wetlands, where he built a ranch and became a fierce advocate for land conservation.
Many convenience stores and cinemas sell Slush Puppies, but now you can have your very own machine and accessories. If you don’t wish to own a machine, you can still enjoy the taste of Slush Puppie thanks to their flavourings and cooling cups. At HTUK Gifts we have a large selection of Slush Puppie licenced products at incredibly low prices and now with low-cost fast delivery. So whether it’s for you or to give as a gift, our Slush Puppie products are a great way to cool down this summer.
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