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The Dr Pepper Museum Makes the World Taste Better!



It's the Most Original Soft Drink Ever in the Whole Wide World!



Updated: 2015-09-16T12:10:52.849-05:00

 



HOT Dr Pepper Interview with Everett Zenser

2010-03-18T11:00:49.667-05:00

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Calling all Interns!!!

2010-02-24T16:21:55.089-06:00

We are gearing up for the summer around here and wanted to let you all know that we are accepting applications for internships now! Interested in finding out if a career in museums is the right fit for you - now is your chance!!!


  • Fascinated by the real historic stuff - come spend the summer working in collections. The plus side of this is the air-conditioning in the middle of the summer!! You might actually want to bring a sweater and gloves!!!


  • Interested in learning more about the stuff you see on exhibit and like to work with your hands? We've got a spot for you creative types on our exhibit design team!



  • Do you enjoy working with children and talking to people? You sound like a perfect fit for our programs staff!!!

Applications are due by April 1! Check our website, http://www.drpeppermuseum.com/ for more details!




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Helpful Hints from Days of Yore

2010-02-17T16:38:59.401-06:00

As some of you may know, we just finished installing our latest temporary exhibit Birth of a Brand. Birth of a Brand is all about the early years of Dr Pepper and the soft drink industry. Almost all of the objects on display are original to the time period (1885 - 1925) and there is A LOT to see!


One of the objects on display is a book entitled A Gold Mine in Soda: MacMahon's Latest Recipes and American Soda Water Dispenser's Guide. This snarky volume contains many quotes worthy of an "ooh!" and an "ahh!" but the following pages stood out as the most appropriate to display and share with all of you. Pay particular attention to the section entitled "How to Attend a Soda Fountain" :)

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Sage advice from a wise man, and oh so applicable today! We invite you to come to our soda fountain and experience a hand made Dr Pepper, and while you are here be sure to check out Birth of a Brand!



It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

2009-12-09T09:54:56.867-06:00

The museum is decorated for Christmas and we are getting ready for a Brunch with the Reindeer Bunch and A Dr Pepper Christmas!

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Need to get some Christmas shopping done without the kids hanging on, sign them up for our Brunch with the Reindeer Bunch Saturday, December 5 or Saturday, December 12! 10 am to Noon both days! We'll have holiday and soft drink themed crafts along with a mini version of our Create-A-Soft-Drink program! Dr Pepper floats all around at the end! The cost is $10 and its for kids aged 6-11!

Looking for a fun way to get in the holiday spirit? Try our A Dr Pepper Christmas event on Friday night, December 11 from 6 to 9 pm. We'll have music performed by an ensemble from China Springs Middle School, the orchestra from Midway High School, and the choir from Midway High School. Ever tried Hot Dr Pepper? You'll have the perfect opportunity this evening along with some other great food! Also featured this evening will be our Holiday Create-a-Soft-Drink! Cinnamon, Peppermint, Egg Nog, Plum and Cranberry are just a few of the flavors that we'll feature! Bring the kids for a fun-filled evening! Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for kids! Thanks to our great sponsors for making this wonderful evening a possibility - Architexas, Barrett Construction, Blue Bell Creameries, Dean Foods, HEB, Son Beverage Company, and Murray and Greta Watson!



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What Suits Your Sweet Tooth?

2009-10-09T16:55:20.330-05:00

Howdy there, Peppers!

This week a new exhibit opened up here at the Dr Pepper Museum. It's pretty SWEET if we do say so ourselves!

Did you know that the sweetener in the little pink packets is also in your toothpaste? or that Splenda is made from sugar?

"The Sweetest Thing" reveals the facts on six sweeteners: aspartame (NutraSweet), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet 'n Low), rebiana (Truvia), pure cane sugar, and high fructose corn syrup.

Head on down and get ready to learn some sweet surprises about products you may use everyday!

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Mad About Mad Men

2009-09-29T11:40:03.223-05:00

As some of you may have heard through the Twitterverse we sent twelve 1960s glass bottles to the set of the AMC smash hit show Mad Men to be featured alongside leading man John Hamm in an upcoming episode. Well, the episode aired last week and boy were those Dr Pepper bottles front and center! I think the main star in that sense was the vending machine, which, contrary to popular belief did not come from us. In an interesting twist, what one can assume was meant to be just another prop in the midst of some serious main plot action has actually garnered some buzz over the past week. People have come out of the woodwork to argue that Dr Pepper was not available in the area of Manhattan where the scene would have taken place at that time. One of those people is Stuart Elliott, Media and Advertising writer for the New York Times, who was actually remembers Manhattan from that time period and has challenged Dr Pepper, and subsequently the Museum, to prove that it was available. That was certainly an interesting couple of days! We were able to prove that indeed, it was entirely possible that Dr Pepper could have been available at that time, and for the sake of continuity here is the quote from Greg Artkop, Director of Corporate Communication for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group from the article Mr. Elliott wrote:"As for Dr Pepper’s presence in New York City in 1963, “it was distributed by independent bottlers in the area,” he added, and according to information in the archives, the top bottlers in New York included two located in the boroughs of the Bronx and Brooklyn."The bottom line is, OUR STUFF WAS IN FREAKING MAD MEN. Here is the link to the article by Mr. Elliott:On TV, a ‘Mad’ DrHere are some stills and a link to the recap of the episode entitled Guy Walks Into An Advertising AgencyRecapAnd here is a pic of the brothers and sisters of the ones that were sent. These were not in good enough condition to go, but it gives you an idea of what the bottles look like up close![...]



Dr Pepper Museum on KWTX News Ten This Morning!

2009-09-18T10:23:41.020-05:00

Bright and early this morning Mary Beth, our Collections Manager, did two live interviews for KWTX News Ten This Morning. The first one is about the Museum, and the second is about the paranormal investigations that were done by McLennan County Paranormal Investigations. Check them out!

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Dog Days was a HIT!

2009-08-24T15:15:55.890-05:00

THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Dog Days of Summer free day event this past Saturday! We had almost 1500 people attend which is CRAZINESS and we were so happy you were all there! We had many many fabulous locals as well as visitors from far away lands like Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Utah. Collectively we went through almost 1200 donuts compliments of Shipley Do-Nut and I think almost everyone who came through got to try our crazy Dr Pepper flavor combinations.We are SO grateful for all the support, and we hope this is just the first of many fun events we can offer in the future. If you have photos of you and your family at the event and want to share them with us please post them to our Flickr group DPM Dog Days. Here are some pics of the fun times that were had by all!The Moon Pie Eating Contest Champion in the making!Bubble Gum Blowing Competition!Donut Walk!Go Fish!Bubble Blowing Contest![...]



Soda Scoop Opens!

2009-08-14T16:42:10.129-05:00

This just in! The Dr Pepper Museum presents the exhibit you have all been waiting for!
Soda Scoop answers all the burning questions people have about the secrets behind
some of their favorite soft drinks. Presented tabloid-style, the colors are vivid and the
information is juicy! What is behind the names of drinks like Dr Pepper, 7UP, and A&W?
Was there really cocaine in Coca-Cola? Which celebrities swear by Dr Pepper? All of these
questions and more are answered in Soda Scoop opening August 15th!

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The Taste-off

2009-08-07T16:00:13.955-05:00

Today we had our 9th Flavored Dr Pepper Taste test. We tested several of the previous winning flavors against each other to see how they fared. These flavors were Vanilla, Mango, Peppermint and Cinnamon. Which one do you think won? We had a clear winner as you will see.

We had a total of 64 people who participated today. Along with our Texas visitors, we also had visitors from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

42% of our participants were under 20 years of age and the rest were 21 and older.

52% of our participants chose Cinnamon Dr Pepper as their favorite. Over a quarter of our participants chose Mango Dr Pepper as their favorite and 22% chose Vanilla. Only 7% preferred Peppermint.

For those flavors chosen as the participants least favorite flavors, 39% did not like Peppermint, 36% did not like Mango, and Cinnamon and Vanilla both got 11% of votes of least favorite flavor today.

While 41% said they liked the original Dr Pepper over todays flavors, 23% said they liked Cinnamon Dr Pepper more then the regular Dr Pepper, 12.5% said they liked Vanilla Dr Pepper more than regular, another 12.5% said they liked Mango Dr Pepper more and 9.3% said they liked Peppermint.

Over half of today's visitors said they maybe would buy the flavored versions if offered, 39% said definitely they would buy them and 7.8% they definitely would not buy them.

56.25% would buy a Cinnamon Dr Pepper; 27% said they would buy a Vanilla Dr Pepper and another 27% would buy a Mango Dr Pepper while only 9.3% would buy a Peppermint Dr Pepper.

Our last taste test will be held during the Dog Days festivities held at the museum on August 22. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event!!



8th Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test!

2009-07-31T15:57:34.330-05:00

Today we had our 8th flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test! 62 of our visitors put their tastbuds to work and told us what they thought of Amaretto, Cinnamon, Cranberry and Coconut Dr Pepper. Amaretto was bumped down to 3rd place this week and Cinnamon and Coconut took the lead.

Along with our Texas visitors, we also enjoyed talking to folks from New Jersey and both North and South Carolina!

Most of our taste testers today were under 20, but we had a fair repesentation of different age groups including 7 senior citizens.

Only one vote separated first and second place! Congrats to Cinnamon and better luck next time for Coconut. Amaretto came close behind in 3rd place and only 6 testers reported that they liked Cranberry the best.

Most of our visitors today didn't care for Cranberry, but suprisingly Coconut and Cinnimon, our winners, took 2nd and 3rd in the "Least Favorite" category.

Our testers were torn between Cinnamon and Coconut as the flavor they liked more than the original Dr Pepper. Never fear, 13 die hard Peppers told us that nothing beats original DP!

Most of our visitors think they would buy our concotions in the store. Which ones? Cinnamon, Coconut and Amaretto, of course!

Next week the winners from previous weeks will be battling each other head to head to decide the Dr Pepper Museum ULTIMATE FLAVOR CHAMPION! Drop by the second floor and join the fun!



7th Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test

2009-07-27T09:05:14.874-05:00

Today we had our 7th flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test. It was an exciting one with four new flavors. This week's flavors were Amaretto, Cinnamon, Cranberry and Coconut. We had close competition between the Amaretto and Cinnamon.

We had a total of 62 people who took the test.

Along with our Texas visitors, we also had visitors from Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, California, Ohio, New York, Maryland, Tennessee and New Hampshire.

Age
27% were between the ages of 0-10.
11% were between the ages of 11-20.
18% were between the ages of 21-30.
13% were between the ages of 31-40.
10% were between the ages of 41-50.
6% were between the ages of 51-60.
6% were between the ages of 61-70.
2% were ages 71 and up.
6% did not report their age.

Which flavor did you like the most?
38.71% said they liked Amaretto Dr Pepper the most.
37.10% said they liked Cinnamon Dr Pepper the most.
16.13% said they liked Coconut Dr Pepper the most.
11.29% said they liked Cranberry Dr Pepper the most.

Which flavor did you like the least?
37.10% said they liked Coconut Dr Pepper the least.
33.87% said they liked Cranberry Dr Pepper the least.
14.52% said they liked Amaretto Dr Pepper the least.
14.52% said they liked Cinnamon Dr Pepper the least.

Which flavor did you like more than regular Dr Pepper?
25.81% said they liked Amaretto DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
19.35% said they liked Cinnamon DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
14.52% said they liked Coconut DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
11.29% said they liked Cranberry DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
33.87% said they liked regular Dr Pepper more than any of today's flavored versions.

Would you purchase any of the flavors if they were sold at your local grocery store?
56.45% said yes.
33.87% said maybe.
8.09% said no.

Which ones?
48.39% said they would buy Amaretto DP.
41.94% said they would buy Cinnamon DP.
27.42% said they would buy Coconut DP.
17.74% said they would buy Cranberry DP.

Please join us next Friday as we see these flavors battle again in the Summer 2009 Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test. These tests are held on the 2nd floor at 11:30 in the classroom.



Come See The Wagons!

2009-07-21T11:41:29.496-05:00

Due to construction that is about to begin in the Kellum-Rotan building (you know, the one with the big neon sign on the side!) the wagons and bulldog truck have been moved out to the courtyard for your viewing pleasure. You notice we said VIEWING pleasure, right? The vehicles currently have caution tape on them to discourage climbing on them. Feel free to use these great pieces of Dr Pepper history as an awesome photo op, but for your own safety please do not climb on them or up into them. It is for their safety, too! They are very old and don't do well with a lot of hands-on interaction. We are happy to be able to offer these as a temporary part of our courtyard exhibit before they are permanently placed in the new galleries of the Kellum-Rotan building as part of our Transportation Exhibit. We hope you enjoy them!

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6th Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test

2009-07-17T14:50:19.407-05:00

Today we had our 6th flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test. We repeated last week's flavors of Peppermint, Coffee, Plum and Walnut. The results were interesting, though Peppermint DP still came in an overwhelming first.

We had 47 people who took the test.

Our out-of-state visitors were from Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio.

Age
19% were between the ages of 0-10.
23% were between the ages of 11-20.
11% were between the ages of 21-30.
26% were between the ages of 31-40.
2% were between the ages of 41-50.
11% were between the ages of 51-60.
4% were between the ages of 61-70.
4% did not report their age.

Which flavor did you like the most?
51.06% said they liked Peppermint Dr Pepper the most.
34.04% said they liked Plum Dr Pepper the most.
14.89% said they liked Walnut Dr Pepper the most.
6.38% said they liked Coffee Dr Pepper the most.

Which flavor did you like the least?
38.30% said they liked Coffee Dr Pepper the least.
29.79% said they liked Walnut Dr Pepper the least.
25.53% said they liked Plum Dr Pepper the least.
8.51% said they liked Peppermint Dr Pepper the least.
2.12% did not answer.

Which flavor did you like more than regular Dr Pepper?
29.79% said they liked Peppermint DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
19.15% said they liked Plum DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
2.12% said they liked Coffee DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
2.12% said they liked Walnut DP more than regular Dr Pepper.
46.81% said they liked regular Dr Pepper more than any of today's flavored versions.

Would you purchase any of the flavors if they were sold at your local grocery store?
51.06% said yes.
34.06% said maybe.
14.89% said no.

Which ones?
55.32% said they would buy Peppermint DP.
34.04% said they would buy Plum DP.
17.02% said they would buy Coffee DP.
17.02% said they would buy Walnut DP.

Return next week for 4 more exciting flavors. The Dr Pepper Museum does taste tests from 11:30-12:30 on the 2nd floor in the classroom. We hope to see you then!




Houston Mayor Visits the DPM!

2009-07-15T15:54:57.123-05:00

On Tuesday, July 14th, Houston Mayor Bill White stopped by the Dr Pepper Museum! He visited with local supporters and Museum staff, and then enjoyed a Dr Pepper (of course!) from the soda fountain.

Mayor White took office in 2003 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005 and 2007. He is now at the end of his mayoral career and is running for U. S. Senator. Here we see him with Interpretation Associate Katie Wolfe, Director of Interpretation Joy Summar-Smith, Mayor Bill White and Director of Communications Jennie Sheppard. He’s a Pepper!



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DPM Staffers Katie Wolfe, Joy Summar-Smith, and Jennie Sheppard with Mayor White



5th Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test

2009-07-10T14:24:11.700-05:00

Today we had our 5th flavored Dr Pepper taste test of the summer. This week we had the new flavors of coffee, peppermint, plum, and walnut! Take a look at the results below:

We had 39 people who took the test.

We had visitors from Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Maryland. We even had some international guests from Korea!

Age
13% were between the ages of 0-10
18% were between the ages of 11-20
15% were between the ages of 21-30
20% were between the ages of 31-40
8% were between the ages of 41-50
5% were between the ages of 51-60
5% were between the ages of 61-70
5% were age 71 and up

Which Flavor did you like Most?
30.77% said they liked Peppermint DP the most.
28.21% said they liked Plum DP the most.
28.21% said they liked Coffee DP the most.
10.26% liked Walnut DP the most.

Which flavor did you like the least?
41.03% said they liked Walnut DP the least.
30.77% said they liked Plum DP the least.
15.38% said they liked Peppermint DP the least.
10.26% said they liked Coffee DP the least.

Which flavor did you like more than regular Dr Pepper?
15.82% said they liked Peppermint DP more than regular DP.
12.82% said they liked Plum DP more than regular DP
5.13% said they liked Coffee DP more than regular DP.
2.56% said they liked Walnut DP more than regular DP.
61.54% said they did not like any of the flavored DP more than regular DP.

Would you purchase any of the flavors if they were sold at your local grocery store?
41.03% said maybe.
28.21% said yes.
12.82% said no.
12.82% didn't know

Which one(s)?
33.33% said they would buy Peppermint DP.
33.33% said they would buy Coffee DP.
23.08% said they would buy Plum DP.
17.95% said they would buy Walnut DP.

We'll do this again next Friday from 11:30 to 12:30. Come by for a visit to the Dr Pepper Museum and see what flavored Dr Pepper you would like.



4th Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test Results!

2009-07-03T14:45:18.847-05:00

Today we had our 4th flavored Dr Pepper taste test of the summer. This week we tested Caramel, Chocolate, Hazelnut and Vanilla flavored Dr Pepper again. Unlike last week, the visitors that participated did not have a clear favorite. However, the least favorite flavor rang loud and clear.
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This week, 78 visitors put their taste buds to work testing our Dr Pepper concoctions!

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In addition to our visitors from Texas, we were happy to welcome folks from Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Arizona, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. We even had an international visitor from Tijuana, Mexico!


Age
14% were between the ages of 0-10.
18% were between the ages of 11-20.
17% were between the ages of 21-30.
13% were between the ages of 31-40.
23% were between the ages of 41-50.
5% were between the ages of 51-60.
3% were between the ages of 61-70.
5% were age 71 and up.
1% did not share their age.


Which Flavor did you like Most?
42% preferred Vanilla Dr Pepper.
39% preferred Caramel Dr Pepper.
5% preferred Hazelnut Dr Pepper.
5% preferred Chocolate Dr Pepper.
6% preferred not to answer.

Which flavor did you like the least?
65% liked Chocolate Dr Pepper the least.
14% liked Vanilla Dr Pepper the least.
12% liked Hazelnut Dr Pepper the least.
9% liked Caramel Dr Pepper the least.

Which flavor did you like more than original Dr Pepper?
15% liked Vanilla Dr Pepper more than the original.
13% liked Caramel Dr Pepper more than the original.
8% liked Chocolate Dr Pepper more than the original.
5% liked Hazelnut Dr Pepper more than the original.
59% thought that original Dr Pepper can't be beat!

Would you purchase any of the flavors if they were sold at your local grocery store?
47% said yes.
43% said maybe.
10% said no.


Which one(s)?
53% said they would buy Vanilla DP.
50% said they would buy Caramel DP.
12% said they would buy Chocolate DP.
9% said they would buy Hazelnut DP.


Next week we'll be introducing four new flavors for you to enjoy! Stop by the second floor of the museum between 11:30 and 12:30 on Friday, July 10th and tell us what you think.



3rd Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test

2009-06-26T14:28:53.453-05:00

Today we had our 3rd flavored Dr Pepper taste test of the summer. This week we introduced Caramel, Chocolate, Hazelnut and Vanilla flavored Dr Pepper. We had a clear favorite as you can see below.

Here are the results of today's test:
We had 45 people who took the test.

This week, in addition to our visitors from Texas, we had visitors from California, Michigan, Colorado and New Jersey who participated in our Taste Test!

Age
24% were between the ages of 0-10
7% were between the ages of 11-20
4% were between the ages of 21-30
7% were between the ages of 31-40
13% were between the ages of 41-50
11% were between the ages of 51-60
13% were between the ages of 61-70
11% were age 71 and up
9% did not answer

Which Flavor did you like Most?
62.22% said they liked Vanilla DP the most.
13.33% said they liked Chocolate DP the most.
8.89% said they liked Caramel DP the most.
6.67% liked Hazelnut DP the most.

Which flavor did you like the least?
37.78% said they liked Chocolate DP the least.
35.56% said they liked Caramel DP the least.
28.89% said they liked Hazelnut DP the least.
8.89% said they liked Vanilla DP the least.

Which flavor did you like more than regular Dr Pepper?
42.22% said they liked Vanilla DP more than regular DP.
13.33% said they liked Caramel DP more than regular DP
11.11% said they liked Chocolate DP more than regular DP.
8.89% said they liked Hazelnut DP more than regular DP.
20% said they did not like any of the flavored DP more than regular DP.

Would you purchase any of the flavors if they were sold at your local grocery store?
73.33% said yes.
17.78% said maybe.
13.33% said no.

Which one(s)?
68.89% said they would buy Vanilla DP.
42.22% said they would buy Chocolate DP.
17.78% said they would buy Caramel DP.
15.56% said they would buy Hazelnut DP.

We'll do this again next Friday from 11:30 to 12:30. Come by for a visit to the Dr Pepper Museum and see what flavored Dr Pepper you would like.



2nd Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test!

2009-06-19T15:13:53.866-05:00

Similar to last week, we featured Mango, Strawberry, Raspberry and Watermelon to see if the results would be the same or different. We again asked the visitors who took the test which flavors they preferred, similar to the consumer taste testing that is done by Dr Pepper when they develop their flavor extensions.

Here are the results of today's test:
We had 69 people who took the test.

This week, in addition to our visitors from Texas, we had visitors from
Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina,California, Kansas,
and even Alaska who participated in our Taste Test!
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AGE
24% were between the ages of 0-10(image)
30% were between the ages of 11-20
11% were between the ages of 21-30
7% were between the ages of 31-40
13% were between the ages of 41-50
7% were between the ages of 51-60
3% were between the ages of 61-70
3% were age 71 and up

Which Flavor did you like Most?
37.14% said they liked Watermelon DP the most.
27.14% said they liked Raspberry DP the most.
20% said they liked Strawberry DP the most.
15.71% liked Mango DP the most.

Which flavor did you like the least?
39.13% said they liked Mango DP the least.
23.19% said they liked Watermelon DP the least.
18.84% said they liked Strawberry DP the least.
18.84% said they liked Raspberry DP the least.

Which flavor did you like more than regular Dr Pepper?
34.32% said they liked Raspberry DP more than regular DP.
32.84% said they liked Watermelon DP more than regular DP
17.91% said they liked Strawberry DP more than regular DP.
10.45% said they liked Mango DP more than regular DP.
4.48% said they did not like any of the flavored DP more than regular DP.


Would you purchase any of the flavors if they were sold at your local grocery store?(image)
55.38% said yes.
33.85% said maybe.
13.85% said no.

Which one(s)?
33.33% said they would buy Raspberry DP.
27.96% said they would buy Watermelon DP.
21.51% said they would buy Mango DP.
17.20% said they would buy Strawberry DP.


We'll do this again next Friday from 11:30 to 12:30. Come by for a visit and put your taste buds to the test with four new flavors that we're putting together!



Collections Bloggy Blog - Unconventional Beauty

2009-06-18T10:12:36.868-05:00

OK, here is the thing...the Collections Department here at the DPM cannot function on a daily basis without the use of a pallet jack. This may seem arbitrary, but now that we have moved to the new facility there are four rooms full of collections items, plus an entire creepy late-1800s basement full of pallets that are constantly being moved and reshuffled. Do I wish I didn't rely so heavily on this one piece of equipment? Yes, of course, because that would mean that the collections were stable and organized in some kind of permanent way, but that is just not the case at the moment. We use that darn pallet jack EVERY DAY, so imagine my heartbreak when it tried to commit heavy equipment suicide by splattering its hydraulic fluid out all over the floor after being forced to lift one extremely heavy pallet too many...That actually happened a while ago, and since then we have been arguing our case for a new one to the boss man every day while gingerly using the pallet jack only when absolutely necessary. It has pulled through and the daily grind of this place has continued at a fairly normal pace, but I was still adamant that we needed a new one. Well, yesterday, with the generosity of our board member Wilton Lanning and the fine folks at Equipment Depot, my prayers were answered! Around 1:15 pm a shiny new pallet jack was delivered.Again, this may seem really weird, but I am VERY EXCITED about this new pallet jack. I think the guys from Equipment Depot could sense my elation and kind of made a joke about it, like "Oooooh, yay, a pallet jack, whoopee!?!....." And I was all like "No, you don't understand, this is a big freakin' deal and you will exhibit some level of pomp and circumstance as you MAKE MY DAY." And also yesterday I was dressed especially fancy because Joy, Jennie and I did a TV interview for PBS, so I think my dressy business appearance in an otherwise industrial warehouse environment, coupled with my excitement over a pallet jack, was a little strange to see. ANYWAY, other museum people out there, especially those who have experienced a move or the donation of a humongous collection, will understand and share my sentiments. This is just once aspect of the behind-the-scenes situation here that people don't get to see, but is essential to making this place run. So, those of you who have read this will secretly know that the newest addition to the collection isn't a bottle or can, but a beautiful new pallet jack that is helping to make the Museum even more fabulous.The boys with the new pallet jack...They are impressed!Out with the old and in with the newLook at how beat up the old one is! I am not going to be able to bring myself to scratch the new one up like that...[...]



1st Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test

2009-06-12T14:14:01.788-05:00

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As part of our new exhibit, Prototypes and Beyond!, we are doing taste tests again this summer. We are adding different flavorings to Dr Pepper. This week we featured Mango, Strawberry, Raspberry and Watermelon. We then asked the visitors who took the test which flavors they preferred similar to the consumer taste testing that is done by Dr Pepper when they develop their flavor extensions.

Here are the results of today's test:
We had 41 people who took the test.

While most of the participants were from Texas, we had visitors from Minnesota, Denver, Colorado, Oklahoma and even one from Canada participate in our Flavored Dr Pepper Taste Test.
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AGE
20% were between the ages of 0-10
18% were between the ages of 11-20
7% were between the ages of 21-30
21% were between the ages of 31-40
10% were between the ages of 41-50
5% were between the ages of 51-60
5% were between the ages of 61-70
14% were age 71 and up

Which Flavor did you like Most?
46.34% liked Mango DP the most.
26.83% said they liked Strawberry DP the most.
24.39% said they liked Watermelon DP the most.
19.51% said they liked Raspberry DP the most.

Which flavor did you like the least?
51.22% said they liked Watermelon DP the least.
17.07% said they liked Strawberry DP the least.
12.20% said they liked Mango DP the least.
12.20% said they liked Raspberry DP the least.

Which flavor did you like more than regular Dr Pepper?
26.93% said they liked Mango DP more than regular DP.
21.95% said they did not like any of the flavored DP more than regular DP.
19.51% said they liked Strawberry DP more than regular DP.
14.63% said they liked Raspberry DP more than regular DP.
9.76% said they liked Raspberry DP more than regular DP

Would you purchase any of the flavors if they were sold at your local grocery store?
53.66% said yes.
39.02% said maybe.
4.88% said no.

Which one(s)?
51.22% said they would buy Mango DP.
46.34% said they would buy Strawberry DP.
34.15% said they would buy Raspberry DP.
26.83% said they would buy Watermelon DP.

We'll do this again next from 11:30 to 12:30. Come by and visit us then! There are many more flavors yet to come!



DR PEPPER MUSEUM CERTIFIED AS HAUNTED!

2009-06-17T16:28:06.001-05:00

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Double, double, toil and trouble, Alderton stirred and Lazenby added the bubbles. Do the spirits of Dr Pepper's creators tread the floors of the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco? Located at the corner of Fifth Street and Mary Avenue in the turn of the century industrial district, the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company was designed by Waco architect Milton Scott and built in 1906. Now, more that 100 years later, the building that survived the 1953 Waco Tornado and was resurrected after more than twenty years of vacancy to become the Dr Pepper Museum has been certified as haunted by the investigators of McLennan County Paranormal.

June 4th, 2009 was a suspenseful evening as the staff of the Dr Pepper Museum sat down with Mike and Cindy Jacobus, founders of McLennan County Paranormal Investigations, as they revealed the evidence that led them to certify the Museum as a haunted location.

Many bumps, breathless voices, knocks, and even a few vaporous orbs were documented using the state-of-the-art equipment McLennan County Paranormal Investigations set up throughout the Museum.

The most impressive piece of audio evidence the team revealed was a female voice that could clearly be heard saying “Here’s the train…” as the actual train passed by on Jackson Street. The night vision camera that was set up looking down the front staircase recorded two light orbs fly by, one right after the other. There were many other recorded instances, but those two episodes were the strongest.

Do you want a paranormal experience of your own? Make sure to come by the Museum and keep an eye out for the Spooky Spot location markers throughout the Museum indicating the areas where the investigators recorded the most activity.

Want a paranormal experience of your own? Think you have a haunted location? Email the Mike and Cindy Jacobus at mcpi@live.com to schedule an investigation!!!



Model A’s And An Original McLennan Visit The Museum

2009-06-05T11:17:50.411-05:00

This morning at the Dr Pepper Museum we had a great group of visitors that are members of a vintage car club. They arrived at the Museum in their Model A cars. They looked amazing! Here you can see several of the cars parked in our parking lot. My favorite? The Dr Pepper maroon Model A, of course!

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A surprise visitor with the car club was Mr. L. D. McLennan. His great-great uncle, Neil McLennan, was an early Scottish-American settler of Texas and the namesake of McLennan County, home of Waco and Dr Pepper! Here we see two Waco originals, L.D. and Dr Pepper.

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Out of the Ordinary Visitor

2009-06-02T13:35:40.003-05:00

(image) This morning we had a unique visitor here at the museum. Julie Ann O'Connell, a former Dr Pepper ad model, came by on a tour with a group from Dallas. She brought with her a copy of an advertisement from Holland's Magazine from the late 1930s that she was in!

Mrs. O'Connell said that she was 3 at the time of the ad and that she got this opportunity through friends of her parents that worked for the Dr Pepper Company in Dallas. She told us that she remembers drinking Dr Pepper while the photographs were taken and that they were constantly getting a new bottle for her to hold because they wanted the bottle to be full! That smile is definitely the genuine thing! All the yummy Dr Pepper she could drink!

Mrs. O'Connell is still a Dr Pepper drinker today and has passed a copy of the ad onto her granddaughter who has it hanging in her bedroom.

Thanks for coming and sharing your ad with us, Mrs. O'Connell!



New Video Blog!!!

2009-06-01T11:24:55.600-05:00

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