Choc-Ola is an American chocolate beverage that was formulated in the 1940s by Harry Normington, Sr. from Pennsylvania. After his chain of ice cream parlors was forced to close due to a poor economy, Normington found work at Meadow Gold Dairy in Vincennes, Indiana. After moving his family down to Vincennes, he began making plans for a new business in which he planned to bottle and sell a 6-oz chocolate drink, which is what would eventually become Choc-Ola. Normington distributed the beverage through Choc-Ola Bottlers Inc., which he founded in 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
By 1944, Harry had finally found an adequate building in nearby Indianapolis. That same year, after moving his family to Indianapolis and establishing Choc-Ola Bottlers, Inc., Harry purchased a route truck and in conjunction with larger distributors like 7UP, he began having Choc-Ola distributed throughout central Indiana and eventually to all of Indiana and the bordering areas of Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. Harry sold the company to Moxie in 1977. Moxie opted to close the Indianapolis plant in 1982 and relocate the packaging operation to Georgia. Since then, it has been sold several times but is still in production.
This crate is from the Indianapolis era, pre 1982, but has no date. The text is (was) red, sound condition, no breaks or cracks.
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Product Code: 30450