It's 7-Eleven Day! Celebrate With a Free Slurpee

7-Eleven
7-Eleven

7-Eleven is once again inviting you to celebrate July 11 with a free small Slurpee, which you can grab at any participating store across the nation today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (See what they did there?)

This year’s featured flavor is Blueberry Lemonade, and the Slurpee Lite flavor is sugar-free Cherry Limeade. The Slurpees come in bright, festive cups optimized for social media posts: They're decorated with a hammerhead shark who is not only wearing a birthday hat, but also carrying balloons and a banner that reads “#SLURPLIFE.” The cup also includes “#TFW,” which stands for “that feeling when…,” as in “TFW you get a free Slurpee on #7ElevenDay.”

Along with those three hashtags, you can also add specialized GIFs and digital stickers to your Slurpee-related posts on Snapchat and Instagram, including cheerleader squirrels and hula skirt-clad oranges. 7-Eleven will also give away physical stickers in the store with your free drink. A $4 Twist & Slurp Bottle and a $2 Super Flexy Straw can take your free Slurpee to the next level.

Happy 7-Eleven Day image with Slurpee
7-Eleven

If you’re a member of the 7-Eleven loyalty program 7Rewards, be sure to scan your app or card (or enter your phone number) when you pick up your free Slurpee today. You’ll get a coupon for another free small Slurpee, which you can redeem any time in the next 30 days. If you’re not a 7Rewards member, today may be a good day to sign up.

For those of you who might like dinner before dessert—or at least with dessert—there are also 7-Eleven Day food deals: Big Bite hot dogs and hot pizza slices are $1 each, and 7Rewards members can open their app to reveal a $1 Nashville hot chicken tender offer. If you just want dessert with your dessert, freshly baked cherry Slurpee-flavored cookies are also $1 each today.

The convenience retailer estimates that it will give away 9 million free small Slurpees today, and has sold over 7.5 billion Slurpees since the drink was officially introduced in the 1960s.

If you can’t make it to 7-Eleven today, there’s hope for you yet: Tomorrow, July 12, you can place an order in 7-Eleven’s delivery app 7NOW and receive a free medium Slurpee.

Happy slurping!

[h/t 7-Eleven]

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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The Long, Fascinating History of Chocolate

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Wikimedia Commons//Public Domain

Walk into just about any grocery or convenience store today and you're sure to find row upon row of chocolate in every imaginable form. While we have come to associate this sweet treat with companies like Hershey, chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries.

All chocolate comes from the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas, but is now grown around the world. Inside the tree’s fruits, or pods, you’ll find the cacao beans, which—once roasted and fermented—give chocolate its signature rich and complex flavor. While we don't know who first decided to turn cacao beans into chocolate, we certainly owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

In this episode of Food History, we're digging into the history of chocolate—from its origins to the chocolate-fueled feud between J.S. Fry & Sons and Cadbury and much, much more. You can watch the full episode below.

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