Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Pause that Refreshes
Ryan and I went to Costco today and we came home with a case of Coca-cola. Now ordinarily we would not buy soda at Costco. We have cut back on drinking sodas and it just isn't something we shop for....but today we were walking down the aisle and something caught Ryan's eye. "Hecho en Mexico" is written on the side of the case and they are GLASS bottles. Hmmmm Real Cane Sugar NOT High Fructose Corn Syrup! Wow. We were sold. We had to buy a case of Coke. :-)
I am not a huge Coke fan. I'm not like those people who will only drink Coke and not Pepsi or anything else. I will generally drink whatever cola drink is being offered. It never seems to matter to me. But Real Sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup, that is something that I can understand! Will it taste different? Are our Cola palates sophisticated enough to appreciate the difference?
I do like the glass bottles and I swear it tastes better icy cold coming from a glass bottle than from plastic or a can! But that might be nostalgia talking. And then there is the adventure of purchasing a Coca-cola in a glass bottle in Honduras and having them pour it in a plastic bag for you to take away. Priceless! :-)
Posted by Amanda from Seattle at 5:25 PM
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Oh wow! On my first honeymoon in Cancun, we marveled at how great the Coke tasted that was offered on the tour bus. In a smaller glass bottle and simply wonderful! Different from home, that's for sure. It HAD to be the real cane sugar!
Enjoy that case...you're gonna miss it when it's gone, I'm thinkin'...
In college I lived in a cooperative house for a summer. In the basement/kitchen/dining room there was an old style soda machine. As I recall, it only cost a nickle for a 6 oz (or could it have been 8 oz?) soda in a glass bottle. Bottle opener built into the side and everything. This was in the early 1990s--wonder if it is still there?
Cold drinks always taste colder and more refreshing when served in a heavy glass container. It must have something to do with the conductivity and heat transfer.
I will never forget the taste of the old A&W root beer served in a frosted mug. I grew up in Burien and as I recall the nearest A&W was out past SEA-TAC.
We have driven for miles to get one.
A Great find!!
I'm not a huge soda fan (i quit drinking most sodas like 5 years ago) but when I first moved to Los Angeles a friend of mine took me to a small taqueria and asked if I like coca-cola. I started to respond "No" when he interupted me and said "well it doesn't matter because you've never had Mexican coca-cola." He ordered up two frosties for us as well as some carnitas tacos and it is just the best damned soda period. And the bottles are so thick too! It's pure amazement, I say, pure amazement!
I have a friend who brings back Canadian coke for the same reason. ...real sugar.
There are smaller companies in the US that also make old fashioned soda in glass containers with cane sugar. My Girl Scout troop toured a tiny place in New Britain, CT (Avery Beverages) and they got to make their own soda by mixing syrup flavors. They sell weird flavors that appeal to kids, like "Swamp Juice."
My husband is a Coke addict, this makes me want to see if BJs has Mexican Coke! No high-fructose corn syrup? Awesome! Is anyone else annoyed with those commercials where they're trying to improve their image? And the corn syrup shiller is like "What? That it's made from corn?" Come on, the anti-corn syrup person could AT LEAST say "IT'S AWFUL FOR YOU!!!" :D
Also, my husband and I are big fans of Squamscott soda, a.k.a. Connor Bottling Works in Newfields, NH. They made their own soda in glass bottles. They have the BEST cream soda and ginger beer EVER! :)
Y'all know the story of how Coke switched from sugar to HFCS? Coca-Cola was made with sugar until... remember "New Coke"? It was introduced on April 23, 1985. "Taste tests" showed "consumers preferred" the taste to that of Coke and Pepsi, but that's highly subjective. In the public backlash that ensued over the change in formulation, Coca-Cola took "New Coke" off the market and replaced it with "Coke Classic", which was made with high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar. A slick marketing bait-and-switch if there ever was one...
Plain Coke is bad!!!!
You have to add fermented and processed sugar cane extract with a dash of lime!
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