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

harken banks Jun 5, 2007 07:32 AM

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.

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    ricepad Jun 5, 2007 07:57 AM

    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. DiningDiva Jun 5, 2007 08:00 AM

      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

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        Caroline Jun 5, 2007 08:28 AM

        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. Alice Q Jun 5, 2007 08:46 AM

          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.

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            Fake Name Jun 5, 2007 04:48 PM

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


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              Cathy Jun 5, 2007 05:17 PM

              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...

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                Alice Q Jun 5, 2007 07:19 PM

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

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              elenab Jun 5, 2007 09:21 AM

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

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                Josh Jun 15, 2007 07:25 PM

                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.


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                  sweetnspicy Jun 15, 2007 11:50 PM

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

                2. toodie jane Jun 5, 2007 04:15 PM

                  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. PolarBear Jun 5, 2007 05:46 PM

                    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.

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                      PolarBear Jun 6, 2007 03:31 PM

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

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                        toodie jane Jun 15, 2007 07:21 PM

                        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.

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                          harken banks Aug 8, 2007 08:55 AM

                          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!


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                        ThaiGer Aug 9, 2007 07:15 PM

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

                        1. toodie jane Feb 12, 2008 11:16 AM

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

                          1. Freddie Freelance Feb 13, 2008 05:47 PM

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

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                              Jennalynn Feb 13, 2008 06:27 PM

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

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                                toodie jane Feb 14, 2008 11:19 AM

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

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                                Raachie Feb 22, 2008 08:00 PM

                                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?

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                                  Divamac Feb 23, 2008 07:31 PM

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

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                                  beth1 Mar 1, 2008 07:58 PM

                                  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.

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