Biedenharn Candy Company Museum


In engineering, many innovations seem obvious in hindsight. One could say that bottling Coca-Cola at a time when soda water was being bottled in several flavors was just that: a new twist on an old idea. Joseph Biedenharn, who was a Coca-Cola drink-syrup jobber in addition to owning a candy store and soda fountain, sold the syrup to other stores, where it was mixed with seltzer water for customers to drink on the spot. In 1894, it occurred to him that he could expand his market by premixing the drink and selling it in bottles. He already had the necessary ingredients and equipment, so he gave it a shot. The rest, as they say, is history.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological, Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:In July 1985, Coca-Cola became the first soft drink to be enjoyed in outer space. The company developed a special container for its trip on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
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