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Any good sodas out there with no corn syrup??

thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 04:54 PM

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm addicted to pop. More specifically, Coke. I have been working to weed all high fructose corn syrup out of my diet, but I’m coming to a road block when it comes to Coke. I can’t drink diets (cant deal with the taste or headaches) and I have tried alternatives like Whole Foods brand Cola (I didn’t like the taste).

So I'm asking, well begging, if anyone knows of a great tasting Cola that does not contain corn syrup. I know that it would be simpler to just cut pop out of my diet, but let a girl indulge! I would be forever indebted if someone can point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 05:31 PM

    Not sure where you are, but if you can, try Wild Oats Natural Soda.

    No HFCS.
    No Caffeine.
    No artificial flavors.


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    1. re: ipsedixit
      raf945 RE: ipsedixit Feb 17, 2008 07:01 PM

      I too,like the original Coke but recently enjoyed the Coke Zero.One other thing,being forty five minutes from Ocean Spray Cranberry processors in Plymouth,Massachusetts,I I had faith in their products until I found out they add high frucose corn syrup to their juices.Never again.

    2. Katie Nell RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 05:39 PM

      I had a G.U.P. (Grown Up Soda) at Dean and Deluca that was very good, I think it was the ruby red grapefruit one. http://www.drinkgus.com/ I think Coke is too hard to overcome though!

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        Loren3 RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 05:56 PM

        Drink Coke.

        But buy it at a Mexican import grocery, or at a Jewish grocery at Passover. It's made with real sugar instead of HFCS. Read the label, tho. Some Mexican bottlers are shifting their "export" Coke to HFCS because it's cheaper. And as long as you're going to the Mexican grocer anyway, check out the Jarritos sodas from Mexico. No HFCS; only sugar. They do use artificial flavors, though.

        Also, if you can live without the carbonation, Nantucket Nectars uses only cane sugar and fruit juices for sweeteners, never HFCS.

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          thunderbug84 RE: Loren3 Jan 4, 2007 07:02 PM

          Thank you Loren3! I went to Mexico a few times when I was younger and I couldnt figure out why the Coke tasted so much better down there. I always thought it was the glass bottle! I'll definitly try to find a Mexican grocer! Thanks again!

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            rworange RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 07:18 PM

            Also during the Jewish holidays there is Kosher coke that is made with real sugar.

            I don't like artificial sweeteners either. Maybe this isn't a solution, but I was able to switch to flavored carbonated water with lemon or lime like Calistoga ... no sugar at all. For me, though, it was about the fizz, so I am happy with these.

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              heathermb RE: rworange Mar 26, 2008 10:35 AM

              I drink very little Coke, but make a point to stock up during Passover and that's all I drink during the year. I can't stand the HFCS version.

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                BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: heathermb Mar 26, 2008 10:38 AM

                Why not just buy Mexican Cokes with sugar? They sell them all over Boston, and you get to drink your Cokes in single-serve glass bottles as nature intended instead of those awful 2-liter jugs.

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            Foureyes137 RE: Loren3 Jan 15, 2007 10:49 PM

            Sad but true; Mexican Coke is now made with corn syrup as far as I can tell. We shop at Mercado Central in MPLS and a couple other C.A. specialty markets, and all that we can find now is high fructosed garbage.

            Cane sugar tastes so much better to me in Coca-Cola, but the U.S. uses corn and Mexico uses sugar cane. Read more at the attached story:


            Thanks NAFTA.

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              Judith RE: Foureyes137 Feb 24, 2007 10:34 AM

              I have a bottle of Mexican coke in the fridge. It's great for migraines. I get it at the local mom and pop store in my neighborhood in northern California. I bought this bottle within the last two months. Sugar only. No corn syrup.

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                Foureyes137 RE: Judith Mar 1, 2007 08:25 AM

                Lucky you! I wish we could still get it here. On the bright side we;ve had it served to us in restaurants, but these are bottles that are quite old. Still good though!

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                Candy RE: Foureyes137 Mar 25, 2008 10:13 AM

                I was lucky to be walking down the imports aisle in my local Kroger (Bloomington, IN) and there in the Mexican section was the "Real Thing". Coke from Mexico made with sugar. I bought one to share with my DH and let the rest of the people in my dining group know about it. I told them to complain loudly if there wasn't any more. I haven't been in today to see if they have restocked. We split our bottle and my DH remarked it has been a long time since he had a Coke.

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                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Foureyes137 Mar 25, 2008 02:26 PM

                  I just this afternoon had a Mexican Coke here in Boston that quite specifically listed sugar, not HFCS, as its sweetener.

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                    janetofreno RE: Foureyes137 Aug 6, 2011 11:13 PM

                    Cardenas (a large Mexican grocery chain in Nevada and Southern California) has Mexican coke made from sugar. They had a big sign advertising such in front of their display of the stuff in the individual serving bottles at their store in Las Vegas yesterday. Look for it in Mexican groceries in large cities. OTOH, I have a fondness for Sidral Mundet (a Mexican apple-flavored soda)...and I justified buying two big bottles of the stuff when at Cardenas yesterday by pointing out to DH that it has no corn syrup AND it was only 99 cents for the liter bottle! (Although I'm sure it has other "not good for you stuff in it"...but the label DOES say "made with natural flavors:-)

                2. pitu RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 07:22 PM

                  I'd love to cut out corn syrup as much as possible too. Love the Mexican Coca-cola with cane sugar, with a bonus for coming in a small glass bottle.

                  Also partial to Boylans black cherry soda, and Virgils Root Beer (very wintergreeny, not for everyone...)

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                    CDouglas RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 07:23 PM

                    Try Boylan's Cane Cola as an alternative. The entire Boylan's line is great - no HFCS and everything comes in a glass bottle.

                    Carver's ginger ale is a great cola alternative. Pure cane sugar, glass bottles and no HFCS.

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                      MPH RE: CDouglas Jan 5, 2007 08:19 PM

                      I love Boylan's cane cola and black cherry soda, which are sweetened with sugar. But some of Boylan's products, such as their root beer and creme soda, do list "sugar and/or corn syrup" on their ingredient lists.

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                        CDouglas RE: MPH Jan 5, 2007 09:45 PM

                        Are you seeing that on the bottles? On their website not one of their products has corn syrup listed as an ingredient. Guess I need to order a sampler case and find out for myself.

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                          MPH RE: CDouglas Jan 5, 2007 10:14 PM

                          Thank you for pointing out that Boylan’s “Natural” root beer, etc., is made with just sugar while their unnatural (not trademarked) root beer may contain corn syrup.

                          I recalled seeing corn syrup on bottles of root beer and creme soda, then double-checked the ingredients online:



                          However, Boylan’s Natural root beer does not list corn syrup as a possible ingredient:


                          There’s a Boylan’s Natural creme vanilla soda, too.

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                            CDouglas RE: MPH Jan 5, 2007 10:36 PM

                            Not just the "Natural" versions but all versions do not have corn syrup listed as an ingredient anywhere on Boylan's website: http://www.boylanbottling.com/

                            I am going to go with them before popsoda.com.

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                              MPH RE: CDouglas Jan 5, 2007 11:31 PM

                              Fair enough. For what it's worth, though, I have seen "sugar and/or corn syrup" listed on bottles of Boylan's not-natural root beer and creme soda that were purchased from sodapop.com within the last six months.

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                        angelo04 RE: CDouglas Mar 1, 2007 08:39 AM

                        I'm with 55. Be careful, not all of Boylan's line is HFCS. For a full line of HFCS free soda try http://www.foxonpark.com If you are in the Connecticut area, I think they are readily available. They ship too but that gets pricey but it is well worth it.

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                        writergirl RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 11:15 PM

                        I haven't actually tried this (I have no desire to give up my diet coke habit), but I've heard good things about Cricket Cola. It has green tea and cola which sounds icky to me, but others have said it's really good. No HFCS, they also have a diet version that uses Splenda.

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                          Chowpatty RE: writergirl Jan 16, 2007 12:59 AM

                          The diet version was one of the foulest things I have ever tasted, FYI.

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                          suse RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 11:19 PM

                          Yup, Mexican grocery store is the way to go, if you can find one nearby. That's what we do. And I do think Coke tastes better out of glass bottles. Seriously.

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                            mclaugh RE: suse Jan 5, 2007 11:50 PM

                            To reiterate Loren3's caveat: CAVEAT EMPTOR.

                            Don't assume that it's sweetened with sugar simply because it's in a glass bottle and is imported from Mexico. READ THE LABEL.

                            Most of the multinational bottlers with operations in Mexico (Coke, Pepsi, 7-UP, etc.) are starting to use HFCS in bottles intended for export. I spent (wasted) an entire afternoon checking at the label on every last bottle of Coke and Pepsi at a Mexican grocery a couple of weeks ago, all of which were imported from Mexico, and every darned one listed HCFS as the sweetener. >:-(

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                              anniemax RE: mclaugh Feb 18, 2008 09:23 AM

                              At least it was properly labeled- I'm very allergic to corn & corn derivatives, so I occasionally indulge in a Mexican soda. Well, I did until a recent bottle almost landed me in the ER- thankfully I was able to treat the reaction at home, per my allergist recommendations. I'm pretty sure it was a Jarritos soda, but I would have to check to make sure.

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                                b0ardkn0t RE: anniemax Mar 25, 2008 04:08 PM

                                You can taste the difference in HFCS vs. sugar cane. I've tasted both the Mexican Coke and Jarritos sodas, and you can tell when it is sugar cane. If it was Jarritos you would have noticed the sweetness of the sugar as you drank (same goes for the Coke). Flavor is mild or lost when they use HCFS. Also there may be different bottlers from Mexico that use HCFS and some that still use sugar, like mclaugh said before, check the labels.

                          2. ipsedixit RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 11:21 PM

                            Speaking of Mexican Coke, is the caffeine content higher in them (as well as using real sugar)?

                            When I was in Mexico City a while back I got an incredible caffeine buzz from one little old Coke.

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                              pitu RE: ipsedixit Jan 5, 2007 01:47 AM

                              might it have been the altitude in D.F.?

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                              BellaDonna RE: thunderbug84 Jan 4, 2007 11:26 PM

                              Congratulations on trying to eliminate HFCS out of your diet. I tried this 6 months ago. I craved less without the HFCS (big theory behind that). I like the Whole Foods brand soda, especially the cola and root beer. There are some other brands at Whole Foods but they are expensive ($4/6-pk).

                              There is a brand called Hansen's available at Krogers and other grocery stores. It's $3/6 pack.

                              Good luck.

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                                n10odles RE: BellaDonna Mar 24, 2008 01:37 PM

                                It seems like Hansen's has stopped putting high fructose corn syrup in most of drinks. I now see Sucrose in the ingredients? Is that really any better?

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                                writergirl RE: thunderbug84 Jan 5, 2007 12:14 AM

                                Hansen's has HFCS, they like to claim they have no "refined sugar." Yeah, because HFCS is better. From their website:

                                Vanilla Cola Natural Soda

                                Pure triple filtered carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, citric acid, tartaric acid, natural cola flavors, natural vanilla extract.

                                1. revsharkie RE: thunderbug84 Jan 5, 2007 01:28 AM

                                  If you are a dr pepper drinker you can get "dublin dr pepper" that is still made from the original recipe with sugar. Google "dublin dr pepper" and you'll get a website. One caveat: it ain't cheap.

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                                    Bluezman RE: thunderbug84 Jan 5, 2007 01:47 AM

                                    IBC from WallMart or Sam's Club is made with sugar. So far Rootbeer, Cream, Black Cherry, and Cherry Cola are the only flavers I've seen.

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                                      mariannas RE: Bluezman Mar 25, 2008 05:51 PM

                                      The IBC I picked up (the cream soda variety) most definitely had HFCS listed.

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                                      kkak97 RE: thunderbug84 Jan 5, 2007 10:17 PM

                                      Jones uses pure cane sugar- no high fructose crap.


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                                        Vexorg RE: kkak97 Mar 25, 2007 10:30 PM

                                        Check the labels on these. It looks like they may be transitioning to cane sugar, but the bottles of Jones root beer I have in the fridge (purchased last Summer) contain HFCS. As for Boylan's, it should be labelled pretty clearly as having cane sugar (I bought some of the grape soda last night, and cane sugar is priminently featured on the front of the bottle..)

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                                          spellweaver16 RE: Vexorg Jan 13, 2008 12:43 PM

                                          The ones with sugar say Pure Cane Soda on them. I adore the kiwi.

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                                        ML8000 RE: thunderbug84 Jan 5, 2007 11:49 PM

                                        Adding to the list: the French Market Lemonade (you can get it at Trader Joe's) uses sugar.

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                                          GeoffD RE: thunderbug84 Jan 6, 2007 01:33 AM

                                          Blenheim Ginger Ale. It comes in 3 different heat levels. Even the mildest has quite the ginger bite. All made with real sugar, not corn sweetener. They also have a diet version that doesn't taste diet. I've ordered it by the case direct from the bottler in South Carolina. It makes the best sailor's rum drink ever.... the Dark 'n Stormy. 800-270-9344

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                                            f_diva RE: thunderbug84 Jan 6, 2007 04:04 AM

                                            China cola is a great coke alternative. A really interesting cola beverage! Try finding it in health food stores.

                                            1. Snackish RE: thunderbug84 Jan 6, 2007 04:15 AM

                                              HFCS is pretty much the same chemical composition as table sugar. I don't understand why everyone is so freaked out about it.

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                                                angelo04 RE: Snackish Mar 1, 2007 08:42 AM

                                                I also think, nutrition aside, HFCS makes soda way too sweet. Sugar cane sodas taste better aren't overwhelmingly sweet

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                                                  Gnu23 RE: Snackish Mar 2, 2007 06:26 AM

                                                  It's a very complicated issue. It's about taste and choice and having the power as consumers to be able to make informed decisions about the things we eat and how they effect our health.

                                                  HFCS is not a natural product. It came out of the Post-War American mentality of “Better Living Through Chemistry.” Sugar, or sucrose, made from evaporating juice has been around for thousands of years.

                                                  Two very good places to start if anybody wants to know more about the differences are the Wikipedia entries for HFCS and Sugar:

                                                  Read the description of how HFCS is made. It’s like something a mad scientist would think up.

                                                  1. re: Snackish
                                                    Caroline1 RE: Snackish Jan 14, 2008 09:03 AM

                                                    Well, chances are anyone who is allergic to corn will be very allergic to high fructose CORN syrup! And even plain old Karo, which is simply corn syrup. Many people have mild corn allergies that don't bother them with corn on the cob or even corn oil or margarine, but the HFCS will tackle them. I have never heard of anyone who is allergic to sugar cane, which doesn't mean it can't happen. My guess is it's a lot rarer than an HFCS allergy.

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                                                    BellaDonna RE: thunderbug84 Jan 6, 2007 04:17 AM

                                                    HFCS is metabolized differently and has different effects on the body.

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                                                      Snackish RE: BellaDonna Jan 7, 2007 01:30 AM

                                                      People say that, usually because of Greg Critser's book "Fatland." But in the book he confuses HFCS with fructose. I read the studies he cited in his book and spoke to some of the study authors, and even they said information about fructose can't be extrapolated to HFCS.

                                                      Here is some more information - it is from the Corn Refiner's Assn so obviously they have a huge bias, but they also cite some reputable studies: http://www.hfcsfacts.com/bodyprocess....

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                                                        amyzan RE: Snackish Jan 7, 2007 01:55 PM

                                                        Snackish, I thought HFCS has a higher proportion of fructose to glucose, making it a little different from cane sugar, which is roughly equal proportions? Why else do they call it "high fructose corn syrup?" So confused...

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                                                          Snackish RE: amyzan Jan 8, 2007 01:13 AM

                                                          There are a couple different formulations. I don't know if it is possible to find out from the labeling which is which.

                                                          My main point is that most of the articles in the news were written using that one book, which confuses fructose with HFCS, which is patently not true.

                                                          Personally, I don't have a dog in the fight because I don't drink soda and try to avoid eating a lot of low-end baked and snack foods that are the items in question.

                                                    2. amyzan RE: thunderbug84 Jan 6, 2007 04:36 AM

                                                      If you're talking about the differences between cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup, the source is likely part of the issue as well, Snackish. Many feel cane has a different "mouth feel," and dare I say it? Cane tastes better--clean, sweet, no aftertaste.

                                                      For me, I'm sensitive to processed corn products, which are everywhere. HFCS gives me headaches and asthma. I wish there were more sodas made with cane.

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                                                        BellaDonna RE: thunderbug84 Jan 6, 2007 04:38 AM

                                                        All soft drinks use to be made with real sugar. Then all of the companies wanted to make sodas cheaper so they use HFCS instead.

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                                                          andlulu RE: thunderbug84 Jan 6, 2007 04:10 PM

                                                          The Switch -
                                                          no sugar added - no corn syrup - no preservatives.

                                                          I've purchased this soda at Wild Oats - Greenlife and other gourmet markets.

                                                          I always get black cherry.


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                                                            Uncle Ira RE: andlulu Jan 6, 2007 07:48 PM

                                                            I'd like to try this.... Anyone know where you can get The Switch in the Twin Cities?? The website just seems to give wholesale info...

                                                            Uncle Ira

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                                                              soupkitten RE: Uncle Ira Mar 25, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                              Uncle Ira you can get the switch at all of the local food co-ops. i second black cherry as the best flavor but the orange and grape flavors are great too. they come in a wee little can so it's easy to drink more than one :)

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                                                            melvita RE: thunderbug84 Jan 7, 2007 02:10 PM

                                                            there's a great drink called IZEE, usually found at Starbucks. Most of the flavors do not have any corn syrup or preservatives. For example the pomegranate only has pomegranate and sparkling water. they are really tasty and are way healthier than a coke.

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                                                              Bob W RE: melvita Mar 28, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                              Yes! Izze is great stuff. Costco and BJ's have it by the case now. It's just juice and sparking water; very refresing. Flavors are along the lines of blood orange, grapefruit, mandarin, etc.

                                                            2. Foureyes137 RE: thunderbug84 Jan 15, 2007 10:53 PM

                                                              Reed's Ginger Beer.

                                                              I'm hooked on the stuff. (Which is unfortunate as it's $1 a bottle at the market and Coop.)

                                                              Reed's uses honey as a sweetener. Sprecher uses honey in most of their soda-pop as well.

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                                                                Steve RE: thunderbug84 Jan 15, 2007 11:35 PM

                                                                Blue Sky Cola is excellent. Available at food co-ops, health food stores, and many other locales.

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                                                                  kallis33 RE: Steve Jan 19, 2007 05:53 PM

                                                                  Unfortunately, some varieties of Blue Sky Cola do contain that HFCS crap. I was going to purchase some since I love their HFCS-free sports drink as an alternative to Gatorade. I checked their website http://drinkbluesky.com/ and the HFCS-free soda are in their Real Sugar line and also their Organic line. Look before you purchase!

                                                                  Long live Dublin Dr. Pepper! I actually ask for a case or two of that for my birthday.

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                                                                  Elizzie RE: thunderbug84 Jan 16, 2007 12:15 AM

                                                                  I think Boylan's makes a cane sugar cola that I've gotten at Trader Joe's.

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                                                                    HLing RE: thunderbug84 Jan 19, 2007 06:35 PM

                                                                    Just had Red Rock, the Atlanta made Ginger Ale for the first time this past week. Made with cane sugar, no syrup. Clean, crisp and SPICY!

                                                                    Hope it's available outside of Atlanta....

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                                                                      gensky RE: thunderbug84 Feb 23, 2007 02:48 PM

                                                                      I'm addicted to coke (the drink) but don't like the idea of fructose being used instead of sugar. How much more expensive could it be to use sugar.

                                                                      Here' something to think about...Classic Cke says it is the original formula. How can that be since the original formula must have used sugar?

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                                                                        chazzer RE: thunderbug84 Feb 23, 2007 03:27 PM

                                                                        Dr. Pepper from the Dublin Texas Bottler is made with real cane sugar. They do ship.

                                                                        1. Karl S RE: thunderbug84 Feb 24, 2007 03:36 AM

                                                                          As noted above, Coca-Cola makes Coke that is Kosher for Passover, which means it cannot have grain-based sugar in it like corn syrup. It usually becomes available after Purim, 3-4 weeks before Passover, and is marked with a special cap (it was green colored in the past, IIRC) noting it is Kosher for Passover. In the Boston area, and I would imagine in any large urban area with a large Jewish population, it's available in most supermarkets.

                                                                          But you have to act fast because people wipe it out. For reasons you may understand.

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                                                                            mi2ca2mi RE: thunderbug84 Feb 24, 2007 07:55 AM

                                                                            Goose Island Root Beer is made with sugar, not HFCS. Very tasty. I find it at Costco.

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                                                                              momay30 RE: mi2ca2mi Aug 27, 2009 08:15 AM

                                                                              Goose Island is a Chicago thing. I haven't seen their products on the eastern seaboard.

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                                                                              milkmaid RE: thunderbug84 Mar 24, 2007 07:41 PM

                                                                              Diet Coke sweetened with Splenda sounds like an option. The sweetening agent is marketed as calorie free. Splenda is made from sugar, but properties are taken out to make it calorie free. I don't know what the calorie removal process is.

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                                                                              2. chloe103 RE: thunderbug84 Mar 25, 2007 08:24 PM

                                                                                Not sure if you're still checking this (I just noticed that the thread is rather old), but since Passover is coming up soon, you might want to stock up on Coke in the next week. (Passover begins April 2nd, so you've got a ten day window, more or less). Coke that is labelled "Kosher for Passover" cannot contain HFCS, and will be made with sugar. Large chain grocery stores, especially ones in neighbourhoods with a substantial Jewish population, should have it available by the case right now.

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                                                                                  yakijy RE: thunderbug84 May 2, 2007 01:14 PM

                                                                                  After giving up looking for American-made soda pop with cane sugar, I accidently stumbled on a bottle of 'Jarilitos' Mexican soda pop at a gas station. Since then I made my way to the nearest 'Ranch Market' in Phoenix and found 2 liter bottles of Mexican pop for about $1.25, in unsual but good flavors, like Sangria, Tamarind, apple, as well as grapefruit, lemon-lime, strawberry - didn't see cola though.

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                                                                                    justagthing RE: thunderbug84 May 2, 2007 05:15 PM

                                                                                    If you live near the Canadian border, they also have Coke without the HFCS.

                                                                                    1. DonShirer RE: thunderbug84 May 2, 2007 09:02 PM

                                                                                      Foxon Park colas are made with real sugar. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to come to Connecticut to find it.

                                                                                      1. chefbec RE: thunderbug84 May 4, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                                                        I'm just looking at my can of Canadian Coca Cola and the second ingredient is Sugar. According to Wikipedia only the US uses High Fructose Corn Syrup. So depending on your geographic location you can try and get some Coke from Canada.

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                                                                                          itsrob RE: thunderbug84 May 4, 2007 02:24 PM

                                                                                          What's fascinating is that Coke and Pepsi haven't figured out a way to make a little extra money by selling us some "all-natural" or "special" coke with cane sugar. I suppose it would be awkward to have to admit that HFCS wasn't as good as cane sugar, but its not as if anyone who's paying attention has any illusions about what's going on - HFCS is totally unnatural, but cheaper. We get it. Now give me the option to pay for the good stuff. As it is I'm running around tiny mexican markets looking for the stuff and drinking less soda overall. Seems like I'm not the only one, given the responses here.

                                                                                          I didn't like Whole Foods cola as much because I want the caffeine - something about decaf cola (including WF) doesn't have the same bite.

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                                                                                            tearly RE: thunderbug84 May 7, 2007 04:47 PM

                                                                                            You can order online: www.popsoda.com
                                                                                            They have over 150 different types of soda's. Never mind the flavored waters, tea's, etc...
                                                                                            Great place here in Arizona that I go to all the time!

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                                                                                              bart4u RE: thunderbug84 Jan 13, 2008 11:38 AM

                                                                                              You can find any soda made with real sugar here and you can have it shipped to you if you don't live in Los Angeles. There store is only for soda.


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                                                                                                Sean RE: bart4u Jan 15, 2008 07:30 AM

                                                                                                Stirrings Ginger Ale http://www.stirrings.com/sodasgingera...

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                                                                                                  WILLOBIE RE: Sean Feb 14, 2008 07:24 AM

                                                                                                  Germans love their "limo" and the French love their Orangina and Italians love their citrus flavored San Pellagrino, but our versions have HFCS. They are not egregiously sweet and the Germans even mix their limo with beer. The solution is to make your own with fruit syrups and add seltzer water. Take the juice of a lemon, lime or a couple of oranges, stir it with a tsp of cane sugar, add a couple of ice cubes, add seltzer, and stir. The seltzer gives you the "burn" you love and the fruit juices make better soft drinks than you could ever buy. Just adjust the amount of juice and sugar to your taste.

                                                                                                  There are also fruit syrups you can buy in places like Dean and DeLucca. Just make sure they are made with sugar and not HFCS. Europeans have been making their own "pop" from seltzer and these good syrups for generations. If you're making you own syrup from fruit juice, combine it 2 pts juice to 1 sugar by weight and boil briefly to dissolve. Refrigerate.

                                                                                                  If there is interest, I can tell you how to easily juice fruit like red currants and raspberries. Straight cranberry juice is also available if you look hard enough. Not the diluted cocktail stuff, but full strength, unsweetened cranberry juice. It makes an awesome pop when made into a syrup and diluted with seltzer water. Don't use club soda because it contains, guess what? -- sodium bicarb.

                                                                                                  No solution for Coke, though.

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                                                                                                danishcheez RE: thunderbug84 Feb 17, 2008 07:39 PM

                                                                                                Try Sprecher Sodas. Unless you are in Wisconsin or Eastern Iowa, you will probably have to order online: sprecherbrewery.com. Most of their sodas are made with raw honey and vanilla as the sweeteners. My favorites are the Cream Soda and the Root Beer, but the Puma Cola is hands down the best "plain cola" drink I've ever had. The only drawback - all the sodas come in only 16 oz. sizes which is usually too much for me at a time.

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                                                                                                  soupkitten RE: danishcheez Mar 25, 2008 10:46 AM

                                                                                                  these are delicious. especially if you can find the root beer kegged, on tap somewhere. awesome.

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                                                                                                    danishcheez RE: soupkitten Mar 27, 2011 09:13 PM

                                                                                                    Niko's Wine Corner in Snellville (Suburban Atlanta) now carries Sprecher, as well as the East Village Market in Kiawah, South Carolina.

                                                                                                2. CindyJ RE: thunderbug84 Feb 18, 2008 06:15 AM

                                                                                                  Not cola, but a nice variety of fruit-flavored sodas, Fizzy Lizzy sodas use nothing artificial, no corn syrup, no preservatives. http://www.fizzylizzy.com

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                                                                                                    lgss RE: thunderbug84 Mar 24, 2008 04:55 PM

                                                                                                    I haven't tried it, but some of the Blue Sky soda has real sugar, no corn syrup. I've seen it at health food stores.

                                                                                                    1. kimeats RE: thunderbug84 Mar 25, 2008 08:12 AM

                                                                                                      try tommy's naked soda tommysnakedsoda.com

                                                                                                      no hfcs and tasty

                                                                                                      1. vvvindaloo RE: thunderbug84 Mar 25, 2008 09:17 AM

                                                                                                        Fentiman's Curiosity Cola is delicious, and I've bought it on several occasions when the thought of Coke with HFCS in a plastic bottle was just too irritating. CC does not taste like Coca Cola (nothing does), but it is very very good.

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                                                                                                          weinstein5 RE: vvvindaloo Mar 25, 2008 10:32 AM

                                                                                                          Passover is approaching so you should be able to get Kosher for Passover Coca Cola at stores that are carrying a good supply of kosher products - should be by the kosher for passover foods - usually has a different colored cap -

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                                                                                                            Sean RE: weinstein5 Mar 26, 2008 06:02 AM

                                                                                                            This has probably been mentioned here already, but GUS (Grown up Soda) is very good. Not only do they use cane sugar but they use less sugar so the soda's are not as sweet as most commercial brands. So far I have had the Dry Cola (with real Coca nut extract), the Myer Lemon (with real juice) and the Dry Ginger Ale (with real ginger extract). The Ginger Ale And Myer Lemon are addictive, a liitle pricey but worth it to me. Most specialty stores and even some large chains like Stop and Shop carry them. I buy them at Whole Foods and Daves Marketplace in the RI area.


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                                                                                                              vvvindaloo RE: Sean Mar 26, 2008 07:44 AM

                                                                                                              I adore GUS Meyer Lemon Soda. I am a citrus freak, and you can really savor the lemon flavor in this one.

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                                                                                                                Sean RE: vvvindaloo Mar 26, 2008 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                Me too, I actually drink it in the morning on the way to work rather than drink cofee.

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                                                                                                          Zgrumet RE: thunderbug84 Jul 22, 2009 01:53 PM

                                                                                                          Coke that is made around passover doesn't have hfcs. They distinguish this by using a yellow cap. If your in the supermarket and see 2 liter bottles of coke with a yellow cap, they are 100% sugar, no hfcs. Also in what people are calling mexican gorceries ( in New York we call them bodega's) look for the glass bottle coke and pepsi's I used to buy pepsi in a 16 oz glass bottle, from either nicaragua or honduras. one used HFCS the other used real sugar. I love the real sugar soda's, that is my weakness as well. I still go to the same bodega, everytime I pass it, and look for which soda is in the cooler. If its real sugar I buy a few. Your obviously a label reader. I can taste the differance, and even though I prefer pepsi, when I see those yellow cap coke bottles, I load up my car!

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                                                                                                            momay30 RE: thunderbug84 Aug 27, 2009 08:24 AM

                                                                                                            I'm hoarding my cans of Pepsi Throwback because I can't find it in stores anymore. Its Pepsi made with sugar instead of HFCS. Way better than the common soda but not as good as the smaller companies. I found a link and apparently they're making a Mountain Dew throwback too. I wonder if it makes you just as JACKED. http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/02/pe...

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                                                                                                              DonShirer RE: momay30 Sep 13, 2010 07:08 PM

                                                                                                              Pepsi Throwback, absent from our area stores for some time, made a reappearance about 3 weeks ago.

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                                                                                                                rworange RE: DonShirer Sep 13, 2010 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                All the soda in Guatemala is made with sugar and not HFCS. I was a big Pepsi fan in the old days before HFCS.

                                                                                                                Surprisingly the Pepsi didn't match my memory. However, last week I had RC Cola made with sugar ... which I used to despise ... and it tasted excactly like how I remember Pepsi with sugar tasting in the old days.

                                                                                                            2. MsDiPesto RE: thunderbug84 Sep 4, 2009 10:03 AM

                                                                                                              I like Pepsi Throwback, Hansens soda (available in Trader Joe's), and 365 Brand (Whole Foods) sodas (esp the Key Lime!)

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                                                                                                                Khotso98 RE: MsDiPesto Dec 3, 2009 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda, Blue Sky Real Sugar Natural Soda, Switch, Oogave, Virgil’s Root Beer, Natural Brew Root Beer, Maine Root All Natural Handcrafted Soda, Boylan, Journey’s Softbrew Root Beer and Crème Soda, AJ Stephens, R.W. Knudsen Spritzers, Fitz’s Premium Micro-Brewed Root Beer and Crème Soda, Fever Tree Ginger Ale, Americana (Ginger Ale, Root Beer and Black Cherry), Blenheim’s Ginger Ale, Cock and Bull Ginger Beer, Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer (England), IRN-BRU (Scotland), Almdudler (Austria), Appletiser (South Africa), IZZE, Squamscot Old Fashioned Beverages, Ithica Soda Company, Reed’s Ginger Beer, Great James White Farms Uncle Cornelius' Ginger Beer and Lemon Refresher, GuS Grown Up Soda, The Ginger People Ginger Beer, Left Hand Brewery’s JuJu Ginger Ale, Cascade Ginger Beer (by Fosters, Australia), Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale, Stoney Ginger Beer (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and other parts of Southern Africa), Chill Low Glycemic Organic Soda…

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                                                                                                                blackoak RE: thunderbug84 Dec 3, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                Some has already probably mentioned this but you can go online to sites such as Canadian Favourites (there are other sites also) and order Coke, along with other soft drinks, made without HFCS.

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                                                                                                                  Little T. RE: thunderbug84 Jan 1, 2010 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                  I know some people have aversion towards Red Bull, BUT I really like their Natural Cola product.

                                                                                                                  "The cola from Red Bull is a unique blend of ingredients, all from 100 % natural sources.

                                                                                                                  In addition, it is the only cola which contains both the original Kola nut and the Coca leaf. Therefore, it is a very special recipe. Or what else would you have expected from Red Bull?

                                                                                                                  The result is a natural, not-too-sweet cola taste, which comes from using the right plant extracts.


                                                                                                                  * Coca leaf
                                                                                                                  * Kola nut
                                                                                                                  * Lemon/lime
                                                                                                                  * Clove
                                                                                                                  * Cinnamon
                                                                                                                  * Cardamom
                                                                                                                  * Pine
                                                                                                                  * Corn mint
                                                                                                                  * Galangal
                                                                                                                  * Vanilla
                                                                                                                  * Ginger
                                                                                                                  * Mace
                                                                                                                  * Cocoa
                                                                                                                  * Liquorice
                                                                                                                  * Orange
                                                                                                                  * Mustard seeds"


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                                                                                                                    shadee RE: thunderbug84 Mar 11, 2010 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                    I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabbetes a couple of years ago. I'm doing pretty good, yet I have to admit I do a certain amount of food experimenting. I have been drinking diet sodas since they came out on the market. I was distressed when A&W put caffeine in their cream soda. So every now and then I buy a 2 liter of regular cream soda as I don't need that many extra calories. Lo and behold. My body treats high fructose corn syrup and regullar corn syrup as CORN! Evidently my body can't tell the difference! Wow!

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                                                                                                                      jumpingmonk RE: shadee Mar 11, 2010 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                      I second the virgils recommendations with regards to the Root beer and Cream soda, but to me it is the Vigil's COLA that is the real star of the line. Sugar only and a taste that is deep rich and creamy (if you remember RC premium draft, it's a bit like that) You may have to seach a bit for it (for some reason a lot of places that carry the rest of the Virgil's line don't carry it) but trust me it's worth it.

                                                                                                                      Naturale 90 has also recently gone back to an all sugar base. I partiucalry reccoment the Grapefuit/lemon; it's sort of the organic cousin of Mountain dew, only without the chartreuse color and (I think) the caffeine. tastes a bit different, (deeper, bit more citrusty) but in my opion its a better flavor.

                                                                                                                    2. angelo04 RE: thunderbug84 Mar 11, 2010 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                      I think it was mentioned somewhere along this thread but since it is that time of year again, Passover is coming and in the Kosher section of the supermarket you should be able to Find Coke made with real sugar. The bottles usually have yellow caps or you can read the ingredient list and sucrose (sugar) should be listed instead of HFCS.

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                                                                                                                        susanhab RE: thunderbug84 Jul 23, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                        its the pepsi throwback

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                                                                                                                          Rimashid RE: thunderbug84 Sep 13, 2010 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                          Unfortunatley my son has corn allergies and I have swept the earth but no such thing. BUT>>> there is a great warer out there called HINT and it has an essence of flavor so that you feel as though you are drinking something other than water. I also take fruit juice (without cornsyrup) and I add it to a glass of soda water with ice. Put a straw in it and you are good to go. If you ned more tips etc. i have a blog where I have recipes and tips for great food places to eat without the corn stuff. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I would love to be of help. www.justmunchonthis.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                          1. ninrn RE: thunderbug84 Mar 18, 2011 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                            Red Ribbon Sodas

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                                                                                                                              ryback RE: thunderbug84 Mar 18, 2011 02:03 AM

                                                                                                                              Buy Coke imported from Mexico. No HFCS.

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                                                                                                                                girloftheworld RE: ryback Mar 18, 2011 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                Stirrings Ginger Ale
                                                                                                                                Dubblin DR. Pepper
                                                                                                                                Fever Tree Ginger Ale.

                                                                                                                              2. Caroline1 RE: thunderbug84 Mar 18, 2011 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                Don't know if this has already been mentioned, and the thread is too long for me to wade through it all... That said, Pepsi has introduce "Pepsi Throwback," made with cane sugar. I like it, but the problem is it still tastes like Pepsi and I'm a Coca Cola devotee. Maybe if this is a resounding success, Coke will follow suit. I hope so!

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                                                                                                                                  danishcheez RE: thunderbug84 Mar 27, 2011 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                  Sprecher. It is from Wisconsin, but you can find it other places now, including some liquor stores. I order it online. The closest thing to a "regular" Coke or Pepsi is the Sprecher Puma Soda. I love the Cherry Cola and the Cream Soda, and their Rootbeer beats any I've ever had.

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                                                                                                                                    bart4u RE: thunderbug84 Mar 28, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                    I am not a big fan of Mecican soda, I still have worries if the water is filtered. Maybe it's just me but I have Crohns Disease and have to be very careful. I am not suppose to drink soda but I cheat now and then. I never liked Izze or Hansens products due to taste. Does anyone know if Passover Coke is made in the US or is it imported? I am not a fan of corn syrup too. I just learned that either Sprite or Sierra Mist has a sugar based product now and also Gatorade no longer uses corn syrup. That is good news.

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                                                                                                                                      ML8000 RE: bart4u Mar 28, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                      Sierra Mist labels their product with "made with sugar" and I've bought some. It does seem lighter in finish then HFCS...drier.

                                                                                                                                      Re: Mexican Coca Cola...I'm pretty sure everything (bacteria, germs, etc.) is killed before it goes into the bottle, per standard bottling techniques. Also the ingredients in Coca-cola would probably kills anything harmful.

                                                                                                                                    2. ChrisOC RE: thunderbug84 Mar 28, 2011 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                      I found Mexican Coke at my Superfresh. It was in the international foods section (where they have the Goya products). The label listed sugar as the sweetener.

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                                                                                                                                        crazyknarf RE: thunderbug84 Jun 16, 2011 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                        There are a few out there. First of all, there are some coke a cola sodas that are with real sugar. They should have a yellow cap on the top. Should be able to find them in a kosher deli first.

                                                                                                                                        Now if you can not find that, Pepsi makes Pepsi Throw Back and Mountain Dew Throwback. Also Sierra Mist Natural. All these use real sugar.

                                                                                                                                        If if the mood for Ice tea try Snapple or Pure Leaf teas from Lipton.
                                                                                                                                        I do not like to drink diet but when I can not find the ones I said above, I have to take it. To me diet soda does not taste right. Just Google "Pepsi throw Back" and then search for stores that carry the product.

                                                                                                                                        I can no longer have anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup or I get the cramps so bad. My entire family has this problem. We all have a fructose intolerance. But for me, Corn fructose is the worst.

                                                                                                                                        Just hope this helps.

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                                                                                                                                          rworange RE: crazyknarf Jun 17, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                          And yet there are all those commercials out there supporting the HFCS industry claiming th body can't tell the difference between sugar and HFCS. I write this in skepticism of those ads.

                                                                                                                                          Coca Cola seems to be brining in Mexican orange Fanta with sugar. Saw it at a local Mexian supermarket.

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                                                                                                                                            jumpingmonk RE: rworange Jun 17, 2011 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                            Recentlty Ive been guzzling Natural Brew's new flavor of Chai Cola, which is also all sugar (I think everything in the Natural Brew line is). I'm not sure the fairly sweet, rather spice heavy flavor is for everyone, but I have become quite fond of it. If your ideal cola is something like RC premium, Virgil's (also all sugar) or you were a fan of Coke II (god help you if you remember that, it might be worth trying.

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                                                                                                                                              ferret RE: rworange Jun 17, 2011 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                              It's not as much about whether HFCS is inherently evil (not really, in my opinion) but there is a perceptible difference in taste.

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                                                                                                                                                rworange RE: ferret Jun 17, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                That is true. After a year of living in Guatemala where all sodas are made with sugar ... Pepsi, Coke, 7UP, RC Cola (LOVE RC with sugar) ... coming home and having my first HFCS drink was vile. My stepkids who never had HFCS also think soda is vile in the US.

                                                                                                                                                That being said, I just thought it was interesting that someone has a health problem with it while the HFCS industry is patting itself on the back an agressively advertising there's no difference to your body.

                                                                                                                                                There's a milliion threads on the evils or lack of evil of HFCS on Chowhound. My own personal experience is that HFCS products make me hungier and cause me to eat more.

                                                                                                                                                I'm not making one scientific claim about this, it was just my personal experiece. When I got to Guatemala and started eating sugar-based products rather than HFCS-based products, I felt more satisfied. One small glass of cola was enough and I didnt crave more.

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                                                                                                                                                  CandyC RE: rworange Aug 5, 2011 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I have recently been instructed by my doctor to eliminate corn from my diet due to allergies... I my research find ANY drink without corn syrup, I have found:
                                                                                                                                                  Mexican soft drinks - they use real sugar
                                                                                                                                                  Coke Zero
                                                                                                                                                  Coke also has a corn free version which is put out at passover time, and considered Kosher, it is identifiable by a yellow cap.
                                                                                                                                                  Also, if it is labeled "100% organic" => NO HFCS, because the process used contains non-organic substances and cannot be approved by USDA to be organic.

                                                                                                                                                  Also, just take the time to read the labels... it's time consuming, but it's really the only sure way to make sure you avoid HFCS

                                                                                                                                                  Good luck with all this...

                                                                                                                                          2. roxlet RE: thunderbug84 Aug 5, 2011 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                            My latest beverage discovery is Mash, made by the Boylan company. The grapefruit flavor, in particular, is fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                              milkmaid RE: thunderbug84 Aug 6, 2011 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                              "Sierra Mist" is a 100 percent Natural Lemon-lime soda made with real sugar, with other natural flavors. The caffeine free drink is distributed by Pepsico, Inc.

                                                                                                                                              1. mocha RE: thunderbug84 Jul 24, 2012 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                Costco in the SF Bay area sells a case of 24 12-oz bottles of Mexican Coke. Maybe it's available elsewhere.

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                                                                                                                                                  MaryAG RE: thunderbug84 May 22, 2014 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Mexican Coke is imported and considered a "delicacy" because it contains REAL SUGAR. The taste is exactly like Coke used to taste before they went to HFCS many, many years ago. If you're young, you may never have tasted a real Coke and your taste buds will prefer the HFCS bc that's what you may be used to. Mexican Coke is sold all over the US and costs $1.29 for the small one and $1.69 for the big one in GLASS BOTTLES, just like in the old days! :)

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