One of Perkins' most popular inventions was Fruit Smack, a liquid concentrate intended to be mixed with water. Fruit Smack was corked and sold in bottles, which was very messy. A powder drink was more appealing to consumers, and in 1927 came Kool-Ade, later renamed Kool-Aid.
Perkins first produced Kool-Aid in this Hastings building on West First Street.
Source — Hastings Museum.
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