This Canadian city is known as the Slurpee Capital of the World
For some, Slurpees bring back memories of walking to the local 7-Eleven with friends to load up on sugar and, basically, ruin your dinner — but only one place in Canada can call itself the Slurpee Capital of the World.
-50?!?! Its too cold for a @7eleven slurpee! - no #winnipeg citizen ever pic.twitter.com/QcHHPSx5Pf— RebelNDN (@RebelNDN) March 2, 2014
For 19 years in a row, Winnipeg has had the honour of being named the Slurpee Capital of the World, meaning that 7-Eleven locations in the city have sold more cups of the frozen drink than any other city.
Now that's a lot of Slurpees.
Shout out to the Slurpee Capital of the world. Winnipeg -- we ❤ you! pic.twitter.com/WSw9ZONz1Y— Slurpee Canada (@SlurpeeCanada) October 4, 2016
Although the first Canadian Slurpee was poured in Calgary in 1969, in an email to Freshdaily, 7-Eleven Inc. said that once Winnipeg was awarded the prestigious title in 1999, they've never relinquished it.
"Slurpee pride is strong with Manitobans and Canadians alike," the company said.
"Slurpee fans in Winnipeg drink enough Slurpee beverages each year to fill 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Kennewick, Washington, holds top Slurpee honours in the U.S., but Winnipeg has them beat."
Beer slurpee Winnipeg...Genius!!! pic.twitter.com/VSvYdPV4FM— Wendy Sunday (@WendyLovesVinyl) April 30, 2015
Besides just drinking a lot of Slurpees, the company added that the beverage is woven into the fabric of the Manitoban culture and way of life. Surprisingly, this also includes weddings.
"Some brides and grooms, even entire wedding parties, stop by the local 7-Eleven store on their special day. Decked out in wedding gowns, tuxedos and all, the happy couple grab some photos with their favourite frozen drink."
@jewlicious Reminds me of our #Winnipeg friend who stopped at a 7/11 to get a #Slurpee on the way to her wedding reception!— Amihai Bannett (@israelconnect) December 3, 2012
7-Eleven Inc. also said that people arriving at the Winnipeg airport might even receive a colourful Slurpee as a welcome gift.
"Leis in Hawaii, Slurpees in Winnipeg."
To commemorate their title, Winnipeg even named a downtown street "Slurpee Way." While the street name was supposed to expire in 2020, it will remain for at least another two years.
'Slurpee Way' will stay! The Assiniboia Community Committee voted today to keep the honourary street name for another two years. #Winnipeg pic.twitter.com/suQQADGvP9— Hot 100.5 FM (@hot1005fm) June 22, 2020
Perhaps even more surprising is that "Slurpee is the number one beverage served to women in Winnipeg’s maternity wards in the summer time." However, this doesn't mean that Winnipeggers don't enjoy their Slurpees in the winter.
"Even when it’s -40 degrees Celsius outside, people can be seen waiting for the bus, biking and skating with an icy cold Slurpee drink in hand."
Only in Winnipeg in the middle of a snow storm do you see a guy roller blading, drinking a slurpee/shlushie, wearing a sombrero, enjoying the day.— Spared Seagull (@MahHeenGan) October 12, 2019
Man it's great being a Canadian 🇨🇦🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/e4NUKlEHDg
Move over Timmies, the Slurpee is taking over as Canada's drink of choice.
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