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Dr Pepper turns 125

By: Chris Mercer - 1 December 2010 17:38

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Dr Pepper celebrates birthday with a deep-fried cake

Dr Pepper celebrates birthday with a deep-fried cake

People have been pondering on the make-up of Dr Pepper for 125 years.

Today (1 December) marks 125 years since the first time Dr Pepper was served at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas, as recognised in documents filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

We are not that much closer to understanding the drink's curious constitution (remember, it's not a cola). But, its unique positioning and a series of quirky advertising campaigns have seen Dr Pepper become one of the best-known soft drinks brands, not to mention a bit of a cult classic in the beverage world.

In typically off-the-wall fashion, Dr Pepper Snapple Group celebrated the landmark today with a deep-fried cake. Abel Gonzales, who holds the dubious title of 'king of the deep fryer', put his skills to use by personally frying up the winning entry of the annual Dr Pepper cake competition at the State Fair of Texas.

Here's to another 125 years. What's the worst that could happen?

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