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5 things you didn't know about Kool-Aid

There's a big festival happening in Hastings, Nebraska this weekend. Basically it's a celebration of Kool-aid in the place where the stuff was originally created.

Since I drank pitchers full of the stuff back in the day, I thought I'd do a little research into the soft drink mix, and share my knowledge with you.

Five Thing You Didn't Know about Kool-Aid

1. It was originally sold in liquid concentrate form and was called "Fruit Smack."

2. Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins. His wife's name was Kitty!

3. The original flavors were strawberry, cherry, lemon-lime, grape, orange and raspberry. Root beer and lemonade were added in 1955. (Root beer Kool-Aid sounds disgusting, doesn't it?)

4. Kool-Aid tried spinoffs of its product--including ice cream mix and pie fillings, but they never caught on.

5. Black Cherry is the best flavor.*

*Okay, that might be a little subjective. Is this one better? 5)The Monkees appeared in several Kool-Aid commercials in 1969 and 1970.



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