Canadians like their…. Slurpees – My first Slurpee Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia
Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia = The technical name for “brain freeze.”
I’ve always known what Slurpees were, but it wasn’t until last year that I had a real one. Where I grew up, 7/11s were nonexistent which is the only place that real Slurpees are sold. I had had Slush Puppies before, though, and assumed they were pretty much the same thing…just different brands.
As soon as I hit Vancouver, I was informed of how very wrong I was. They are NOT the same and Canadians hold a huge claim over their beloved Slurpees. Who knew?
So in order to fit in with “real Canadians,” more than one person insisted that I get a real Slurpee. I had to wait until the weather got warmer, but I finally did.
Machines with a dozen options of flavors are not really my friend considering that means I have to make decisions, so I waited patiently while my partner-in-crime chose multiple colors….and then I made sure I chose the exact opposite.
This meant that I ultimately got to try at least 8 different flavors and in varying combinations. I’m not big on sweet drinks, but I figured if I was going to try slurpees, I might as well try as many as possible, right?
For those Americans who find it weird for me to make a big deal about Canadian slurpees, there are two main reasons:
1. American Slurpees are different. Canadian slurpees are carbonated and American slurpees are injected with air instead, which means they have a different texture.
2. Canadians are obsessed with them, specifically those in Winnipeg. Winnepeggers hold the record sales for slurpees, which averages out to 188k drinks per month (yes, even across the cold ones), which is more than the Canadian average overall (179k per month).
And for the record, yes, I enjoyed my Slurpee. It was a warm Spring day and was nice to have a refreshing treat on my way home on the Skytrain. :)