July 11, 2006, - 10:43 am

Happy 79th, 7-Eleven: Free Slurpees for Everyone

By Debbie Schlussel
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It’s 7/11, today. And it’s also the 79th birthday of one of my favorite stores and pieces of Americana: 7-Eleven.
In honor of that, most (but not all) 7-Eleven outlets are giving away free Slurpees measuring in at 7.11 ounces.
Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) might think you need to be an Indian-American to enter a 7-Eleven (he joked about it and then had to apologize). But I’m happy to go to the store for conveniences and Slurpees on a hot summer day.
I’m also happy to know Indians like Anil Kumar, owner of my local 7-Eleven outlet, and a great example of how hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit can help you live the American dream. He was the first in the nation purveyor of Kosher Slurpees and one of the biggest sellers of Slurpees, even during cold Michigan winters. He put his kids through medical and law school with the profits.

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Read more about why I like 7-Eleven and love Slurpees.
**** UPDATE: In response to readers who asked, here is an article on what makes a Slurpee kosher. Kosher Slurpee flavor list is here.
Believe it or not, many beverages in America use crushed insect abdomens–yuck!–as dyes in various flavors, making them not kosher. (The Wall Street Journal did an excellent piece on this, several months ago.) Other beverages use a sugar derived from dairy products as a diet sweetener. Kosher consumers do not eat meat/poultry and dairy ingredients within hours of each other, so we cannot eat meat/poultry after eating anything with dairy-derived ingredients.
Thanks to American Jewish History Blog by Menachem Butler for the links.

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9 Responses

Kosher Slurpees??? I didn’t know such a thing was possible! Good for your 7-11.
I UPDATED IT WITH LINKS TO EXPLAIN. CHECK IT OUT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

La Ventanita on July 11, 2006 at 12:04 pm

The reason why I like to go to 7-Eleven is that I want to know what regular food prices will be in the year 2020.

Thee_Bruno on July 11, 2006 at 12:11 pm

How is a Kosher Slurpee different from a regular Slurpee?

Jeff_W on July 11, 2006 at 12:29 pm

Now we know why vegetarians have such high level of Vitamin B-12 in their systems.

Linda426 on July 11, 2006 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for the links Debbie!

La Ventanita on July 11, 2006 at 3:43 pm

Fallbrock at saticoy,i think.The first 7/11 near us also mason at roscoe san fernando,valley.

danny on July 11, 2006 at 7:16 pm

7-11 is no longer an All-American company. In 2005, Seven and i Holdings purchased all shares. (Is sushi kosher?) Many 7-11 stores have gas stations that are partnered with our Citgo buddy, Hugo Chavez.

smudge on July 11, 2006 at 8:17 pm

my 7/11′s were cool.no gas and even the one at W.decator +charlston in Las Vegas right at okey st.was/is the best.And the one up near berkly and the (brenner’s) long shoreman cafe.7/11 rocks.going to dylan or young shows, 7/11′s the best.old jeep(’70 cammando) 1 or 2 dogs (alway’s)s.l.o.+santa b…..humbult Co. and I could write a book.Guess i kind of did here.Seven DAY’S A WEEK.every day of the world ,my dad would say that.”every day of the world”

danny on July 12, 2006 at 3:34 pm

cracker jack’s.man o man hard watching t.v. today.quick break to sev.

danny on July 13, 2006 at 11:56 pm

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