Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper
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Dr. Pepper:

My favorite summertime snack as a teenager was a Dr. Pepper with salty peanuts.

You remember. You pour the peanuts into the Dr. Pepper and let them float around and season the drink.  Didn’t get much better than that.

Dr. Pepper is the oldest soft drink in America.  Older than Coca-Cola, in fact, by a full year.

It was created in 1885 by a pharmacist, Charles Alderton, in Waco, Texas.

And its first name was WACO.

It was served there at the soda fountain in the drug store.

The drink  was an instant hit.

Customers would sit down on one of those old  spinning stools and say,  “Shoot me a Waco.”

Now as it’s popularity exploded,  they couldn’t keep up supplying the syrup to all the other drug stores that wanted it,  so a company was founded.

The name Dr. Pepper was suggested by Wade Morrison, the owner of the drug store.

The story goes that Morrison supposedly named it after his would-be father-in-law back in Virginia, a man he wanted to impress because he was in love with his daughter.

Morrison never did get the girl, but I bet the old man Pepper regretted that rejection when Dr. Pepper became a national sensation and made the not-good-enough Morrison quite rich.

Maybe the saddest person in this whole affair was Alderton.  He simply gave away the recipe because he was more interested in medicine than marketing.

Dr. Pepper’s formula is held in two separate bank vaults in Dallas.  Each vault has half of the formula and no one person knows the entire secret.  Coca-Cola has similar safeguards.

Contrary to soda pop mythology, Dr. Pepper is not made of prune juice, nor does it have any part prune juice in it.  It is made of a blend of fruit extracts.

But the unique blend of flavors results in a robust nature that makes many people swear that Diet Dr. Pepper is the most undiety tasting soft drink in existence.  And let’s not forget Dublin Dr. Pepper, now sadly out of production, but once regarded as the finest Pepper of all, thanks to pure cane sugar.

Thank God we still have the original Dr. Pepper.  It is a fine Texas brand enjoyed round the world.

And another Dr. Pepper is enjoyed around the world is Dr. Pepper Poker.

It is the version where tens, two, and fours are wild.

It takes that concept from the numbers 10, 2, and 4 that used to be on every Dr. Pepper bottle cap. The cap encouraged you to have three Dr. Peppers a day to keep you, well,  peppy.

A poker purist will not play, Dr. Pepper, But I like it . It is the only time I have had four a kind, legitimately.

I’m W. F. Strong.  These are Stories from Texas.  Some of them are True.

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