WACO — What’s your favorite soft drink?
Dr Pepper is one of America’s top five favorite soft drinks and was created right here in Texas, with a Dr Pepper museum an hour from Fort Hood.
Established in 1885, Dr Pepper was created by Charles Alderton at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store, making it America’s oldest soft drink. Just down the street from where the old drug store once stood is the Dr Pepper Museum, a nonprofit organization that teaches visitors all about the revolution of soft drinks.
The museum is broken into two separate buildings. The tour begins in the building where tickets are sold. Don’t worry about getting lost, there’s a huge sign that reads “Tickets sold here,” which will lead you to the beginning of the tour.
The tour begins by walking through a replica of Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store, filled with an assortment of bottled medication sshelfed on the walls. With the push of a button in the old corner store, a mechanical puppet welcomes visitors into the museum.
Alderton was a young pharmacist when he created Dr Pepper. Past the corner store, visitors find themselves in the manufacturing room, where I learned that Dr Pepper is a blend of 23 different flavors.
On the second floor, a mini movie theater plays old Dr Pepper commercials. I sat in the theater trying not to laugh at the unorthodox promotional tactics the commercial was using. In the late 70s, Dr Pepper’s slogan was “Be a Pepper.” One of the commercials had a man dancing around a city handing out Dr Peppers and telling people to “Be a Pepper.”
The second building had an ice-cream parlor and a gift shop. Past the ice-cream and novelties, the rest of the museum continued. 7up by the cases were being pushed through a huge bottling machine. After the tour, visitors hand in their ticket stub to receive a complimentary Dr Pepper soda or a dollar off ice-cream. I upgraded to ice-cream and paid the difference. The ice-cream parlor also has Dr Pepper floats, which I was tempted to purchase.
The Dr Pepper Museum is located at 300 S. 5th St. in Waco and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit https://drpeppermuseum.com/.