The general ingredients in Kool-Aid include citric acid, calcium phosphate, artificial or natural flavor, ascorbic acid, tocopherols, matodextrin, artificial color and vitamin C. Individual flavors may contain additional ingredients, such as the Blue Berry flavor also containing Blue 1 coloring.
Edwin Perkins is responsible for inventing Kool-Aid in 1927. Initially, the packets sold for $0.10 and the original flavors include strawberry, lemon-lime, orange, cherry, grape and raspberry. Perkins charged only $0.05 per packet during the Great Depression so that more people could afford it. In 1953, General Foods bought Kool-Aid and within a year the company created the Smiling Face Pitcher, or Kool-Aid Man, to promote the brand.