HOME > Chowhound > California >


Mexican Coke (made w/ cane sugar, not HFCS) - Where to buy?

I've heard that some Mexican markets in the U.S. carry Coca-cola that was made in Mexico (where it is made with cane sugar, not HFCS like in U.S.). I'd like to buy some. Does anyone know where in the Central Coast area this can be found? I live in SLO, but travel to Santa Maria and Salinas quite often so any of these areas would be fine. Thanks, Matt.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Hit just about any Mexican grocery store and they'll probably have a stack of Mexican Coke. I've had great luck in Mom 'n' Pop ("Mami y Papi"?)-type stores.

    You're in SLO? I thought 'Harken Banks' came to California from the midwest!

    1. A few Costco's are carrying Mexican coke. Also be aware that not all Mexican coke is made with cane sugar, an increasing amount is being made with HFCS

      1. A good source for Mexican Coca-Cola (and all other hard-to-find soft drinks IMO), is Galco's Soda Pop Stop near Eagle Rock in Los Angeles. They ship -- check out their website.


        1. My husband just brought some home from Costco - made with cane sugar. Also in San Diego I hear they stock it at Restaurant Depot in the Miramar area.

          3 Replies
          1. re: Alice Q

            Are those the red-capped bottles? Which Costco, please...


            1. re: Fake Name

              Al of the Costco loctions in San Diego- Saw it in Santee, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Morena.

              During Passover, Ralphs in SD and LA carries Kosher Coke, 2 liter bottles, with yellow cap. Kosher foods have to be made without grain, therefore no high fructse CORN syrup in anything Kosher...

              1. re: Fake Name

                Yes, I think he got them at the Mission Valley store, but I'm not absolutely sure - sounds like they have it all over.

            2. there is also a company based out of new jersey, boylan's. all of their sodas are made with cane sugar. they distribute nationwide.

              2 Replies
              1. re: elenab

                Boylan's soda rocks. Another good cola made w/ cane sugar is Cricket Cola. It has green tea in it and tastes great, and then you're not enriching an evil corporate giant like Coca Cola.


                1. re: elenab

                  Agree w/elan Boylans is great!!! They have it at Trader Joe's!

                2. yes, there is a Mexican restaurant in the Mervyn's center near Big 5 that has the Mexican Coca Cola made with sugar, as well as other Mexican sodas. Sorry, don' t have the name. Its relatively new, I believe.

                  1. I found it in Pismo Beach, iirc it was in a liquor/wine store heading uphill away from the the central businesses (Splash, etc), a block or two on the left side, don't believe it was all the way to Price St.

                    3 Replies
                    1. re: PolarBear

                      Just picked up a case (24) for $18 at the Costco in Fresno.

                      1. re: PolarBear

                        PB: I trolled the market at Price and Dolliver, no dice. Also, the Liquor store at Wadsowrth and Price, no. I'll look at some of the larger markets in Santa Maria, but it is available by the bottle at teh Mexican resto next to Big 5 at SM's Town Ctr. West.

                        1. re: toodie jane

                          Well I am pleased to report that I finally found some Mexican coke (truth be told, I haven't been looking all that hard). I found it right here in SLO at Tonita's, which is the relatively new place downtown where the Burrito Wagon used to be.

                          I haven't tried it yet though...probably this weekend. Wonder if I'll notice any difference?

                          Thanks to all for your help and tips!


                      2. For those who live in SD near Mesa College--the Big Carnival Store off Ashford sells it, too.

                        1. ....if you're still interested, American Flatbread's Fri/Sat cafe serves Mexican (sugar sweetened) coke.

                          1. Are there any 99 Cents Only stores in SLO? 99 Cents Only has been carrying Mexican Coke Litres for $.59.

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: Freddie Freelance

                              For a few weeks last month the 99 cents store also had Mexican glass bottles.

                              1. re: Freddie Freelance

                                don't know....I think we mostly have "Dollar Tree" stores. I'll look, but not a Coke drinker myself.

                              2. I know for a fact that Oxnard's Costco has it (in the glass bottles), I'm pretty sure whatever Costco you're nearest to will have it, although I know how their stock is different from other stores. You could try a phone call ahead of time?

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: Raachie

                                  Mission Valley Costco had it the last time i was there 4 or 5 weeks ago.

                                2. Try your local Mexican bakery. Ever since we went to Mexico several years ago, my husband has been trying to find Manzana Lift (apple-flavored soda made be Coca-Cola, made in Mexico, generally only sold in Mexico). This week, he found it at one of our local Mexican bakeries in Escondido. Also, if you can find Jones' Soda, it is made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup.