National Kool-Aid Day
About National Kool-Aid Day
When is National Kool-Aid Day? This holiday is celebrated on the second Friday in August
We are so glad that someone declared today to be National Kool-Aid Day. It gives millions of us a chance to reminisce back to the days of our childhood and remember just how much we enjoyed Koo-Aid on a hot summer day. It was our favorite sugary soft drink. For decades Kool-Aid was the summer drink of choice for kids of all ages. Never mind the fact that a pitcher of Kook-Aid contains a cup of sugar. Back then, kids burned off calories faster than they could consume it. But, let’s not limit our thinking to days long past. Kool-Aid continues to be enjoyed by millions upon millions of today’s kids, as they build their own future memories. There are plenty of “not so young” kids who frequently drink it as well, bringing back fond memories of fun-filled summer days.
During the Great Depression, the company cut the price in half. As a result, Kook-Aid remained popular throughout the Great Depression. During WWII packages of Kool-Aid, minus the brand name, were included in soldier’s rations. Here’s a little trivia for Monkees fans, Davey Jones appeared in the Kool-Aid commercials during the 1960s.
While summer is the peak time to drink Kool-Aid, it is consumed for 12 months of the year. Kool-Aid is great for everyday consumption and is a whole lot cheaper than healthier choice juice boxes. It is also popular at birthday parties and all kinds of kids’ events. You can also enjoy Kool-Aid in freeze pops, cakes, and other recipes.
Memory Flashback: Do you remember the 1960’s cartoon Kool-Aid Kids”?
Did You Know? Kool-Aid is the official soft drink of the state of Nebraska.
Chances are, it’s hot and muggy outside. Don’t let National Kool-Aid Day go by, without having a drink or two of Kool-Aid under a shady tree. Are you ready for a sugar high? Make a pitcher for the kids, and have a tall glass yourself!
The History of Kool-Aid
Kool-Aid was invented in 1927 by Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska. According to the good folks at Kraft Foods, Perkins was inspired by the success of Jell-O and Coca-Cola. Kool-Aid was originally created in his mother’s kitchen as a concentrate called “Fruit Smack”.
To reduce shipping costs, Perkins removed the water content and marketed it in powder form as “Kool-Aid”. And, the rest is history. What’s your favorite flavor? There were six original flavors: cherry, grape, lemon, orange, root beer, and raspberry (Perkin’s favorite). In the 1960s Kool-Aid packets sold for just one thin dime. Over the years, there have been dozens upon dozens of flavors. A sugar-free version is also available. But, wait a minute. What good is Kool-Aid if you don’t get a sugar high!?
Did You Know? Kol-Aid is Kosher.
How to Celebrate and Participate in Kool-Aid Day
Here are some ways to enjoy National Kool-Aid Day:
- Mix up and drink four favorite flavor of Koo-Aid.
- If you find a flavor you’ve never had before, go for it.
- Have a Kool-Aid party. Invite your friends.
- If you are a diabetic, drink a sugar-free flavor.
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are, gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” – – Mr. Rogers
History and Origin of National Kool-Aid Day
National Kool-Aid Day likely was created by Kraft Foods, the owner and marketer of the Kool-Aid brand. They have not yet answered our inquiry regarding this special holiday.
The earliest reference we found on this holiday was in 2017.
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
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