Are you ready for Slurpee Day? It’s a day when things get pretty cool, literally! 7-Eleven stores have made it a tradition to celebrate on July 11 (or 7-11) by giving away free Slurpees to their customers. And let’s be honest, on a hot summer day, nothing beats the refreshing taste of a Slurpee. But hey, if Slurpees aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other thirst-quenching options out there too.
The Story Behind July 11 Slurpee Day
Every year, on July 7 (or 7-11), 7-Eleven goes all out and treats its customers to free Slurpees. This year, they even extended the offer to those with their mobile app. So, if you missed the chance to snag a free Slurpee through the app, don’t worry! You can still get your hands on one the old-fashioned way. Simply head over to a participating 7-Eleven store, and while supplies last, you can enjoy a free small Slurpee.
More Cool Drinks to Beat the Summer Heat
Slurpees are great, no doubt about it. But if you’re looking for other options to stay cool this summer, there are plenty to choose from. Let’s dive in and explore some delicious alternatives.
What’s a Slurpee?
First things first, what exactly is a Slurpee? Well, the name itself is derived from the sound you make when you sip it through a straw. Slurpees are carbonated drinks with added flavoring. While there’s a wide range of flavors available, the classics are cherry and cola. They’re definitely a go-to choice for cooling down, but personally, I’m not a huge fan of carbonated summer drinks. However, if you’re heading to 7-Eleven to grab your free Slurpee, here’s a pro tip: pair it with a pretzel! Not only will it show your gratitude to the store, but 7-Eleven’s soft pretzels are fantastic and make a perfect combo with Slurpees.
Icees: A Close Cousin of Slurpees
If you’ve ever been to Wawa or K-Mart, you might have come across Icees. These frozen beverages are quite similar to Slurpees and are available in cherry and cola flavors as well. While I wouldn’t turn down an Icee, there are other options I’d prefer.
Polish Water Ice: A Creamy Delight
If you’re after a treatment that closely resembles ice cream in terms of texture but doesn’t contain any dairy, Polish water ice might just be what you’re looking for. This delightful treat comes in a variety of flavors and is especially popular on the Wildwood boardwalk. If you’re torn between Polish water ice and a Slurpee, it’s a tough call. But if you’re feeling thirsty, the Slurpee might be the better choice. However, Polish water ice is a wonderful treat in its own right.
Italian Water Ice: A Spoonful of Delight
Now, here’s where things get really good. Italian ice, as described on Wikipedia, is a frozen or semi-frozen sweetened treat made with finely granulated ice and fruit flavor. It comes in a plethora of flavors and is best enjoyed with a spoon. A Philly favorite, Italian ices are easy to eat, perfect for cooling off, and fulfill all the expectations you have for a summer treat. However, there are even better options out there.
Slush: The Ultimate Summer Combo
Picture this: a combination of all the aforementioned drinks, except Polish water ice. That’s what you get with a slush. It’s more of a drink with smaller ice pieces, so you sip it through a straw, but you can also enjoy it with a spoon. In terms of flavor, it’s probably closest to water ice, but it’s more like a drink version of a Slurpee. Slushes are not only incredibly enjoyable, but they also work wonders if you have a sore throat. If you’re lucky enough to be in a place that has it all, a slush is your best bet. You can find them at various locations, with Dairy Queen being a classic choice. And if you happen to be near a participating Sonic during happy hour (2 to 4 p.m. daily), you can even get them for half price.
What about QuickChek?
If you’re wondering whether QuickChek offers Slurpees, unfortunately, the answer is no. However, they do have a similar frozen drink called QuickFreeze, which comes in a variety of flavors like Coca-Cola, Jolly Rancher Cherry, Mountain Dew, and more. They also offer frozen lemonades for a tangy and refreshing experience.
So, whether you’re a Slurpee enthusiast or someone who enjoys exploring other cooling options, there’s no shortage of refreshing drinks to beat the summer heat. Grab your free Slurpee, try out different icy treats, and savor the flavors of summer!