Dr Pepper MuesumHow many of y’all knew that the origin of Dr Pepper was a small Texas town called Waco? There is a unique story to its creation. On the site of the original bottling factory sits the Dr Pepper Museum, so you can learn all about it.

Dr Pepper was created in 1885 in Morrison’s Old Country Store in Waco, Texas by a pharmacist, and no, his name was not Dr. Pepper. It was Charles Alderton and he made it out of 23 unique flavors. What are they? The museum never tells, as it is supposed to be a secret. Most people think that it has prune juice in it…nope, not a drop! If you Google it, you will see that some of the 23 flavors are vanilla, black licorice, carrot, rum, and yes, pepper.

Dr P museumThe Dr Pepper Museum has the original drugstore countertop where Mr. Alderton created Dr Pepper, the history of the bottling plant, and the deep well where the water was brought up to make the original Dr Pepper. And it is proud to have one of the world’s largest collection of soda pop memorabilia. Now the original Dr Pepper was made with Imperial Cane Sugar, not the high fructose corn syrup that is used so much today. You can get a Dr Pepper in the soda shop at the museum, made the original way with the syrup and carbonated water mixed together. It has the real sugar in it and it is yummy. And of course there is a gift shop where you can buy anything you want with the Dr Pepper logo – from a tie to a salt & pepper shaker to a pair of boxer shorts.

Was the Dr Pepper museum a hit with my kids? It was a quick visit into pop-culture history. Not the most engaging museum, but a fun 30 minute stop. Honestly, the best part for them was trying the original Dr Pepper!