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Dec 22, 2006 09:44 PM

Coke and peanuts

I was born and raised in the south (now transplanted in the north), but one of my southern coworkers told me of a "southern tradition" that I have never heard of.

Coke with peanuts in it. My mind can't wrap itself around the concept. Presumably some people think it's good, but have any of you tried it? What is it like?

... I may have to go to the grocery store and try this out. I am morbidly curious.

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  1. My father used to LOVE that! He used to take me out on job sites with him and we'd get the small bottles of Coke and a little bag of salted, roasted Lance peanuts and drop a couple of them in the coke at a time, take a swig and crunch a peanut. My dad spent his childhood in Alabama and moved to Arkansas, where they raised me, and everyone knew about Coke and peanuts. It's that mixture of sweet and salty (think Liquid Payday). Sounds nasty, but if memory serves me, it was pretty good.

    Of course, I was a kid, and I also thought Vienna Sausages were delicious, so take that with a grain of salt.

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    1. re: Andiereid

      There's something that changed, and I discovered it when I tried to replicate that delightful sweet/salty taste that I grew up with.

      Glass bottles. You have to do it in glass bottles. The plastic ones don't work - or maybe I'm just imagining it - and the idea of throwing peanuts in a can of Coke is just nuts.

      Oh, and you cannot use Diet Coke for this. Ever.

      1. re: Atlantis

        It may not be the glass bottles as much as it is the high-fructose corn syrup. See misti's post below.

      2. re: Andiereid

        When I was a kid I remember this was one of my Dad's favorite things, too - except it was ususally Lance peanuts in an RC Cola. We were in Texas.

        I can't think of anything as an adult that I would refuse to eat but I hope to never see another vienna sausage for as long as I live....

      3. OK. I'm sold. I'll try almost anything once. I'll definitely go with the glass bottles too. Thanks for the tip.

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        1. re: Ladycale

          Glass bottle cokes from mexico = no high fructose corn syrup. that's a good thing. it's better for your tummy

        2. I had a good friend whose girlfriend was addicted to coke and peanuts.

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          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            I always prefer sympathy, vs. peanuts

          2. I think I remember that it made the Coke foam over like in the Mentos video but not as dramatically of course

            1. Back in the 80s, when "White Trash Cooking" first came out, I bought a copy as a Xmas gift for my Dad, who was born and raised in the Ozarks. It had a recipe for coke and peanuts, called The Quick Pick Me Up (there was also a "healthier" version called The Low-Cal Pick Me Up, using Tab and dry roasted peanuts). I laughingly told him about it, and he said he ate it all the time at work, and his California co-workers thought it was the most odd, disgusting thing.

              Of course, being a Pepsi man, he substituted that for Coke.