Birthday brain freeze

Nathan Liewicki
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Moose Javians knock back free 7-Eleven Slurpees

Chad Broadis doesn’t always drink Slurpees, but when he does it’s on 7-Eleven’s birthday.

Dale Brock serves himself a Slurpee at the 7-Eleven location just off of Main Street North on Friday. Twelve-ounce Slurpees at both Moose Jaw locations, and hundreds of others in parts of Canada were free of charge in celebration of the convenience store's 45th birthday.

“When it’s hot outside and it’s free, I drink Slurpees,” Broadis told the Times-Herald on Friday.

Moose Jaw’s 7-Eleven two stores celebrated the convenience store giant’s 45th birthday by joining other locations between British Columbia and Ontario in each giving away 1,500 12-ounce Slurpee drinks between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“The Slurpee run is a large part of Slurpee history, so it’s something we want to celebrate. What better way to do it than with a free Slurpee run on 7-Eleven’s birthday,” Raj Kapoor, vice-president and general manager for 7-Eleven Canada said in a media release.

“Slurpee fans regularly tell us how fun and unique their Slurpee run is.”

One of the country’s most anticipated annual traditions, it’s estimated that nearly 750,000 Canadians took advantage of 7-Eleven’s offer to cool down with a Slurpee.

Broadis and Shyla Usher were two of the thousands of Canucks who drank from an extremely wide pool of Slurpee flavours Friday.

Whenever she elects to purchase a Slurpee, Usher said she tends to go with one that is either Coke or Dr Pepper-flavoured.

Like Usher, Dale Brock is also a big fan of Coke-flavoured Slurpees. However, his wife’s favourite is a mix of Coke and cream soda.

Catherine Mitchell and her husband regularly mix up the Slurpees they create. Sometimes it’s one flavour. Other times it’s a hodge-podge of flavours.

On Friday, the big 7-Eleven connoisseurs opted for mixes.

“I can’t even tell you what flavours are in my Slurpee because I think they’re all in there,” said Mitchell.

“My favourite flavour is usually a mix of Pepsi and Lemonade, but this time I went for everything.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: 7-Eleven, Times-Herald, Canucks Dr Pepper

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, British Columbia, Ontario Canada

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