Thursday, July 11, 2013

Why... hey... it's 7/11!

And that makes me want a Slurpee!



Anyone else remember going to 7/11 on a hot summer day as a kid and grabbing one of these amazing frozen sugar bombs? My parents didn't buy them for us very often, so when we did get one it was a major treat.

I used to mix the blue, the red and the Coke flavors together, then suck the different layers through my straw until my brain would freeze.

Yet... now as an adult... I can't get a Slurpee without thinking about genetically-modified corn, artificial sweeteners, diabetes...

Sometimes it's great to be a grown-up... sometimes it's not. Especially when other grown-ups write mean articles about things you used to love as a kid.

I wonder if I could make good, healthy organic high-fructose corn syrup from my heirloom corn? Then I could crush my own cochineal insects for red dye, hand-crack my own ice... and re-create those classic Slurpee headaches in my own home...

3 Comments:

At July 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Talk about bringing back memories! On Halloween, they used to give the mini-slurpees out free. Sorry to say I enjoyed my fair share of these as a kid . . . on the flip side though, I used to eat the neighborhood mangoes, star fruits, surinam cherries, coconuts, tangerines, avocadoes, etc. There - now I don't feel so bad. Oh wait, then there were the pickled pigs feet and those red eggs in a jar. Well, we'll just leave it at that. Live and learn. :-)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM , Blogger chrissy bauman said...

i don't think you're supposed to eat cochineal... it would be so much better to make the fake slurpees from passion fruit. after all, if it's good enough for 5% of hawaiian punch, it's good enough for me!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Mmmm.

I had the cochineal insects on my prickly pear cactus last year... they looked tasty...

 

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