Introduction:Do you remember the smiling pitcher of Kool-Aid® that walked through walls, with an "Oh yeah" and proceeds to stir up a batch of the sweetened drink kids love? Oh yeah - that's Kool-Aid® Man! Oh yeah, would you enjoy learning fun facts about Kool-Aid®?
When Edwin Perkins was a lad, living in Hastings, Nebraska, he conducted chemical experiments in his mom's kitchen. Among his early products were various flavoring extracts and perfumes.
The first food product, Fruit Smack was in concentrate form. When Perkins started a mail order business, the concentrate was expensive to ship and bottles often arrived at their destination broken.
In 1927, he figured out how to remove the liquid from the concentrate, leaving the familiar powder we know today as Kool-Aid®.
In 1953, Perkins sold Kool-Aid® to General Foods, which was bought out by Kraft Foods. Among other changes, Kraft changed the smiling pitcher to Kool-Aid® man.
The product was named Kool-Ade at first and later Perkins changed it to Kool-Aid®. Selling for 10 cents an envelope, until the Great Depression hit, Perkins dropped the price to a more affordable 5 cents per package
The six original flavors were: raspberry, orange, strawberry, cherry, lemon-lime and grape. In 1955, lemonade and root beer flavors were added.
And the winner is.Memphis, Tennessee. Following Memphis is Little Rock, St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Jacksonville, Florida.
Not surprisingly, Kool-Aid® is the official soft drink of Nebraska, where Perkins invented the sugary powder.
More Kool-Aid® is consumed around July 4th than any other soft drink.
The nutritional value of Kool-Aid® is more of a joke than a fun fact. Although it is popular nationwide, there is little nutritional value in Kool-Aid®. Aside from added Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C), each package of Kool-Aid® contains a whopping 10 mg of sodium. It's sugar-rich and contains artificial coloring in the form of food dye.
Speaking of dye.if you'd like to change your hair to a fun color that smells delicious too, try dying it with Kool-Aid®. It's so easy a child can do it!
First, smear Vaseline on the skin surrounding hair and the ears, so that excess dye will wash off easily.
Put three packets of the desired color Kool-Aid® in a bowl. Add a few drops of water and a few drops of conditioner. You want to make a paste consistency.
Stir until there are no lumps and spread evenly throughout your hair. Massage Kool-Aid® paste into hair.
Wrap your head in Saran Wrap and secure it with tape. Go to sleep. Wake up and shampoo your new colored hair. If you don't like it, the dye will wash out after several shampoos.
Because of excess sugar content, Purdue University advises that amounts of Kool-Aid® consumed by children under age two should be closely monitored.
Nice list!great job!
I used to dye my hair with cherry Kool-Aid when I was a teen. :D
I had no idea one could dye their hair with kool-aid. Who knew? I love these lists!
I love your facts about Kool-Aid I think I will dye my hair cherry flavor! Thats so Kool!
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