Kool-Aid

Nebraska State Soft Drink

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Kool-Aid Man

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Kool-Aid

Nebraska designated Kool-Aid as the official state soft drink in 1998. Kool-Aid is an artificially fruit-flavored powder developed in 1927 by Edwin E. Perkins and his wife Kitty of Hastings, Nebraska (Edwin was founder and president of the Perkins Products Company). Hastings sponsors a yearly festival called Kool-Aid Days in August to honor their city's claim to fame. Kool-Aid brand is now owned by the Kraft Foods Company.

Kool-Aid's mascot and logo is Kool-Aid Man, a character with the body of a large frosty glass pitcher filled with Kool-Aid (usually cherry). He was introduced in Kool-Aid advertising shortly after General Foods acquired the brand in 1953. In Television and printed ads, Kool-Aid Man was known for bursting suddenly through walls while children were making or drinking Kool-Aid to say his catch phrase: "Oh, yeah!"

The original six Kool-Aid flavors are Raspberry, Cherry, Grape, Lemon, Orange, and Root-Beer. Today the assortment of flavors available worldwide also includes:

Apple

Berry Blue

Black Cherry

Bunch Berry

Cherry Cracker 

Chocolate

Golden Nectar

Cola

Cranberry

Eerie Orange

Frutas

Frutas Vermilhas

Grape Blackberry

Great Bluedini

Grosella

Guaraná

Kolita

Lemonade

Orange Enerjooz

Grapeberry Splash

Incrediberry

Kickin-Kiwi-Lime

Lemon-Lime

Man-o-Mangoberry

Mountainberry Punch

Oh-Yeah Orange-Pineapple

Pina-Pineapple

Pink Lemonade

Pink Swimmingo

Purplesaurus Rex

Rainbow Punch

Raspberry

Roarin' Raspberry

Rock-a-dile Red

Scary Black Cherry

Scary Blackberry

Sharkleberry Fin

Lemonade Sparkle

Strawberry

Strawberry Falls Punch

Strawberry Split

Strawberry-Raspberry

Sunshine Punch

Surfin' Berry Punch

Tangerine

Tropical Punch

Watermelon

Watermelon-Cherry

Soarin' Strawberry-Lemonade

Slammin' Strawberry-Kiwi

Nebraska also recognizes milk as the state beverage, acknowledging the importance of the dairy industry to Nebraska's agricultural economy.

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Images

Kool Aid Banner in Hastings, Nebraska (the official birthplace of Kool-Aid); photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

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