July 11, 2006, - 10:43 am
By Debbie Schlussel
**** Scroll Down for Update ****
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.
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.
Tags: America, Anil Kumar, dairy products, Debbie Schlussel, Joe Biden, law school, Menachem Butler for the links, Michigan, owner, the Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal