Who Invented Kool-Aid and How Did Kool-Aid Get Its Name?

You would think Fruit Smack would have been a better name for Kool-Aid.

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Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins and his wife Kitty in Hastings, Nebraska, United States.

who invented kool aid and how did kool aid get its name

Perkins wanted to do what Jell-O had done, so he kept concocting until he came up with a powdered concentrate for his fruit-flavored drink.

He named it Kool-Ade, but had to change the name when the FDA decided that “ade” legally had to mean “a drink made from”.

Perkins then changed it to Kool-Aid.

It gave the drink a double meaning, too: it aids your thirst.

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