Thursday, June 25, 2009

I see an ICEE

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 1:30 PM

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The ICEE has often been imitated, but purists know that nothing compares with the blue-and-red-striped cup and the incredibly cold and sweet liquid ice. And the inevitable brain freeze.

Maybe this is just idyllic childhood talking, but didn't there used to be an ICEE machine on practically every corner? Or at least in every gas station? These days, the machines aren't

exactly rare, but it can be hard to find one. Especially when you need

an ICEE fix on 100-degree days like we've had this week.

Enter the ICEE location tracker.


Punch in your zip code and it will tell you the ICEE machine closest to

you. If your zip comes up empty, you can enter your city. Looking at the results from The

Pitch's offices (64108), it seems that the majority of ICEE machines are

now in Burger Kings, Subways and Targets, though the Kansas City Zoo still has one.
 
Speaking

of locations: The ICEE was invented about three hours south of the metro in

Coffeyville, Kansas. It's an

All-American story.

In the late 1950s, a poor farmer's son, World War

II veteran and Dairy Queen owner named Omar Knedlik didn't have a soda

fountain, so he'd freeze cans of soda in the summer and serve

them to customers. These frozen sodas became so popular that he had the

idea to make a machine that could produce them quicker and the rest is history. 

(Montage of photos made through Flickr users LFL16, Roadside pictures and Mrs. W)

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