Slushies for every occasion
At first the ICEE machines clogged, froze, and gave owners the same type of mechanical headaches that helped invent the damn drink in the first place. But over time, technology improved, the machines got smaller, and Slurpees and the like became ubiquitous with other beloved frozen snacks like ice cream and snow cones.
Now, nationwide brands like Slush Puppie, Alligator Ice, and the always steadfast ICEE can be found everywhere from movie theaters to children's birthday parties, gas stations, beachfront boardwalks, and even trendy bars that mix a little whiskey with their flavor syrup in the summertime. The slushie phenomenon has hit home, too, with an array of blender-esque appliances designed to quench the thirst for slush in the comfort of your own kitchen.
And now it's an American legend
7-Eleven's Slurpee has even become an icon that transcends the category -- even The Simpsons' well-known parody (the aptly named "Squishee") has become a household name. On 7-Eleven's birthday (July 11th) the store hands out approximately 5 million free Slurpees, and overall it's sold over 7.2 billion of the drinks since they launched. This literally makes slushies a multibillion-dollar business from one outlet alone.
That's the definition of a happy accident. Perhaps the greatest happy accident... until you were born.
That was a backhanded compliment. Sorry.