I buy an Icee, those cups of mushy, frozen sugary goodness you eat with a spraw (spoon/straw) anytime I see a functioning machine that makes them. I prefer Coke flavored ones, with cherry running a close second. But I’ll eat any flavor in a pinch, except orange. Who am I kidding? I would totally eat an orange Icee.
I think I’m such a compulsive Icee buyer because they’re so ephemeral. While you can always count on 7-11 to carry Slurpees, their version of an Icee, the odds of the Coke side actually working are about 4 to 1. In fact, there is a 50/50 chance that all of the flavors will just be sitting their twirling in their disappointing liquid form, so normally I don’t stop at 7-11 only to get a Slurpee. But if my gas gauge reads below half a tank as I pass one you can bet I’ll pull in so I can check to see if things are solid that day.
Why is it so hard to keep these machines working? Icee machines have been lame since I was a kid when my mom bought them for me at Magic Mart. Aren’t we talking simple thermodynamics? Do they need a plutonium core or something to keep things frozen on a consistent basis?
The good news is that more places carry Icees these days. Movie theaters! And Target has them, too, but as Karen pointed out to me, where we shop (the Target in Nora, or as Dave calls it Target High School [THS], because the building looks, well, like a suburban high school) you pay for them at one counter and fill them up in the Starbucks (?). You can’t see if the machines are working where you pay, so remember to check first.
Yes, I love Icees. You can keep your Mister Mistys and their poor Quicky Mart cousins the annoying
Slurpees (I meant Slush Puppys, sorry). The closest thing to an Icee in terms of summer refreshment, in my opinion, is a Cherry Limeade from Sonic (crushed ice only please), but you can always count on those, so there’s no gambling involved. Give me the pay off of discovering the perfectly ready to pull Icee and I’ll be happy.
Update: I only realized this when I saw it on my “party” tag surf results, but yesterday when I posted this was 7-11-07, 7-11’s birthday and they were actually giving away free Slurpees! I was totally channeling Slurpee mojo.