Dr Pepper™ is a staple of Texas. Many out-of-state people I have met do not choose Dr Pepper™ as their drink of choice, and this makes me sad. There is nothing like a cold Dr Pepper™ on a sweltering summer day (which seems to be most days in our wonderful state)… or just whenever you want, regardless of the weather! Now I know there are many more important days in history, but this is unique in that Dr Pepper™ was made in my hometown of Waco, Texas. This delicious, carbonated can of goodness brings respite to many and provides yet another reason why Texas is the Motherland.
I traveled abroad for six weeks this past summer in Italy, and by week three in Rome I was desperate for a Dr Pepper™. No one in Italy seemed to think that selling Dr Pepper™ was as important as other soft drinks, but I was willing to let go of a few precious euros for this. God heard my prayer because we just happened to find one in the heart of Rome! God is good! That was literally about the closest I was to tears on the trip.
Dr Pepper™ was created at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas in 1885. Charles Alderton, a pharmacist at the time, is believed to have created this drink. He spent most of his time mixing medicine for the local people, but he also loved serving those people at the soda fountain. Since he liked the way the fruit syrups from the soda fountain smelled, he chose to embark on making a drink that tasted like that scent. And he did.
The store owner, Morrison, and the local people loved the drink. Morrison is accredited to naming the soft drink, although the origin of the name is not certain. Amazingly, Alderton, the actual inventor, was more focused on staying in pharmaceuticals than promoting this liquid gold mine, so he allowed Morrison and his friend to take over the growing Dr Pepper™ empire. The drink began to be in such high demand that the Dr Pepper Company™ was born to supply the thirsty people with this almost-heavenly refreshment. In 1904, Dr Pepper™ was introduced to 20 million people at the World’s Fair Exposition in St. Louis and was an obviously huge success. From that day onward, the world has become a much better place, one drink at a time.
If, for some reason, you have not tried this glorious beverage, or if it’s been a while, you need to get on over to Chick-fil-A (for some reason I think their Dr Pepper™ is just so delectable) or Whataburger (because Whataburger with a Dr Pepper™ is the epitome of the Texas experience) and drink up! This drink will put a huge, Texas-sized smile on your face, which will brighten someone else’s day. So do yourself, and the world a favor, and grab a Dr Pepper™ so you can spread some Dr Pepper™ cheer.
By: Emily Nagel, College of Agriculture
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