As temps continue their slow progression towards the heat that normally defines the summer months on the prairies, there’s been a good amount of opportunity to learn in this section about both traditional and somewhat less traditional ways to cool down.
Add one new option to perhaps both of those lists with the addition of a new machine installed at a local convenience store recently that’s capable of turning a pop such as Coke, Sprite or Powerade into what Coca Cola bills as a "slushy" in a matter of seconds.
First tested at convenience stores in the USA in 2016, the Arctic Coke machine has made its way to Brandon with Husky on 1st Street having had the city’s first installed recently. To use, one picks from one of the Coke product bottles in a specially chilled cooler, slowly tilts it upside down, then places it right-side-up on the machine’s platform. After the press of a button and several seconds, an “invisible shiver” is sent through the bottle that sees its contents take on a slushier form factor. The end result is a drink that stays quite cold for much longer than one chosen from a regular store cooler.
Drinks chilled by the machine, one of 11 currently in place in the province, are charged at the same rate that would otherwise be charged for the same size bottle of the same drink and as of now are only available at the 1st Street Husky location locally.