The British would never think of this

by on May 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm in Food and Drink | Permalink

Via John B. Chilton and Craig Newmark:

Coming in June, 7-Eleven will begin to offer Slurpees in these cups with dual chambers, a special valve and two straws that will let you drink two Slurpee flavors at the same time.

1 EB Hansen May 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Shouldn’t this be “there is no great stagnation”

2 Andrew' May 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

It didn’t escape notice that he hasn’t posted the Hong Kong Frozen Coke machine.

3 John B. Chilton May 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

That was my thought.

4 liberalarts May 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

@EB Hansen: Agreed.

5 Octavio May 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I am a Canadian and I just pour several flavours into the same cup. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had a monoflavour Slurpee.

6 Rich Berger May 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Of course with a little duct tape and a small motor you’ve got yourself a DIY artificial heart. Very helpful when a donor can’t immediately be found.

7 Jon May 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Why on earth would we bother?

8 Octahedron May 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Wow they’re just now thinking of this? I’ve been mixing flavors for years.

9 Dan Weber May 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Quick, make a move against their patent!

10 Nick May 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Too late, a cartoon was thinking about it back in 2004. I never would have thought it would take seven years for the 7-Eleven executives to finally watch Megas XLR.

11 DS May 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I seem to recall (through the use of many headache-inducing Slurpees) they’ve done this for well over ten years (since I was in high school). IIRC, the only real change is now they replace the two separate straws with one valved one.

Although, I (shamefully) haven’t bought a Slurpee in years, so maybe they discontinued this and I didn’t notice.

12 Paul Tuns May 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

A convenience chain in Canada called Macs (formerly Mac’s Milk) has had this for a few years. Almost considered changing brand loyalty from 7/11 and the Slurpee to Macs and their Frosters. Alas, my patience and thrice weekly Slurpee habit have been rewarded.

13 Rahul May 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

….if only they added a pump!

14 Noah May 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm


15 n0m4d May 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

This could be a game changer, not unlike the McDLT technology that ended the cold war. The Russians knew they could never compete.

16 Daniel Klein May 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

That is major. The beauty is the non-mixing of the flavors.

But why stop at two?

17 Dan Weber May 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

More than two flavors?

Are you mad?!!?!?!?!?!

18 JRM May 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I’m almost positive that this promotion has been done before.

19 Mike May 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I don’t think the British are dumb enough to buy a nickel’s worth of flavored ice water for a dollar.

20 Dan Weber May 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

They wouldn’t know what the fuck a nickel is. They would call it a “royale with cheese.”

21 Andrew May 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Sheeeeeeyit, damn a 7-11. British homeboys go to 11-11

22 Richard May 20, 2011 at 6:03 am

Being British I do in fact know that a nickel is $0.05 and we would call a Quarter Pounter with Cheese exactly that. The Pulp Fiction quote which you paraphrase is referring to the Frogs across the Channel.

23 Andrew May 20, 2011 at 6:46 am

Hey, you are seriously cramping our Ali G-type vibe up in here.

24 jk May 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

The 7-11 in Copenhagen offers flavored meat skewers.

And this comes out of Japanese Pizza Hut – 646 Calories/slice.

25 soonerhokie May 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

And President Obama does not believe in American Exceptionalism.

26 SteveX (formerly Steve) May 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

The British haven’t even thought of putting ice in scotch yet.

27 widmerpool May 20, 2011 at 5:40 am

You don’t put ice in scotch you philistine, you put ice in drinks you don’t want to taste. A dash of spring water is all that should ever be added to scotch.

28 SteveX (formerly Steve) May 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

Would it be OK if I froze the spring water first?

29 Rahul May 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

and here in India we add club soda……………

30 SteveX (formerly Steve) May 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

BTW. Americans don’t use ice to mask the taste of what we’re drinking. We just pour the scotch into a slurpee.

31 Steve J May 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

this would have been better if tyler filed it under there is no great stagnation

32 Tim Worstall May 20, 2011 at 3:49 am

Well, quite, the British would never think of something so awful as a Slurpee of any flavour.

But we’ve been mixing flavours of drinks for generations. Stout and Bitter, a Black and Tan (do not order this in Ireland, at least not by that name). Or Mild and Bitter (Midlands), Light and Bitter or Light and Lager (very popular in East End of London) and so on.

In some ways we’ve been doing it for hundreds of years: Port. Red wine which doesn’t travel well with a slug of brandy made from the same wine in it. Deliberately created so as to allow the wine to survive the sea voyage from Portugal to England.

Who needs Slurpees?

33 Tracy W May 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

The British thought of mushy peas. Slurpees are a step up from that.

34 SteveX (formerly Steve) May 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

Do you suppose that new Slurpee straw would suck up mushy peas and warm beer at the same time?

35 Tim Worstall May 21, 2011 at 4:37 am

Mushy peas are from north of Birmingham. We generally try not to let on that that is still part of England. Or Britain, come to that.

The Morlocks of our society (generally interchangeable with the Welsh. As, in fact, most in South Wales are in fact fourth and fifth generation immigrants from those areas around Birmingham. Brought in by the Marquess of Cardiff to dig his coal for him.).

It’s us Eloi from south of Watford Gap that are the keepers of the civilisation.

(Note to non-Brits….yes, this sort of slagging off is entirely normal among Brits. Those from those northern wastelands would describe me and mine as brain dead cider drunk yokels: unfairly for that’s those in Dorset, just to the south of us.)

36 SteveX (formerly Steve) May 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

In case I ever visit England, is there a demarcation point in Birmingham at which the peas go from mushy to… er… not mushy? For example, do the chippies on the north side of The High Street serve only mushy peas, and those across the street on the south side serve only said non-mushy; or do the peas become gradually mushy over a transition zone from south Birmingham to north Birmingham?

We Americans are such ignorant travellers. It’s important that we strive to understand the quaint customs of the locals.

37 Tim Worstall May 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm


But which street is a secret.

38 Merijn KNibbe May 20, 2011 at 4:51 am

What’s a slurpee?

39 Andrew May 20, 2011 at 6:47 am

It’s like a party in your mouth.

40 Christopher May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Bicameralism finally arrives at your Slurpee.

41 Robert May 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

And you guys have the “magic-jack” too…

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