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Who Invented Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid is a popular brand of flavored drink mix. It is usually sold in packet form and is made by mixing the powder with water and sugar. Throughout the years it has been available in a wide variety of flavors and today is available in many countries of the world. The mascot of the drink is the Kool-Aid Man, who is best known for his catch phrase “Oh, Yeah!” Kool-Aid is owned by Kraft Foods and is manufactured in Mexico. Continue reading to find out who invented this popular drink mix.

Who invented Kool-Aid?
Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska. By experimenting in his mother’s kitchen he came up with a liquid concentrate that he called Fruit Smack. He sold this product in the 1920’s by mail order, but he wanted to reduce shipping costs. In 1927 he managed to do this by developing a way to remove the liquid from this product so that he was left with a powder. He called this product Kool-Aid and it became very popular. Perkins sold Kool-Aid to General Foods in 1953.

Did you know?
Since 1998 the city of Hastings celebrates a summer festival called Kool-Aid Days on the second weekend of August. A popular attraction is the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand, where visitors can purchase a mug and have as many refills as they like all day long!

In 1998 the state of Nebraska made Kool-Aid the official soft drink of the state!

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