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Mexican Coke SPOTTED!

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Just a heads up everyone.

Smart and Final in Venice has cases of Mexican coke @ 19.99.

Get there quick before I buy them all!


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  1. Go to pretty much any convenience store on the Eastside, and Mexican Coca-Cola is in every cooler.

    1. you know, while I totally understand what you mean since my husband is a fan of the stuff, still, to be honest the phrasing of that headline threw me for a loop................

      i sure hope the dea understands about mexican coke........................

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      1. Can you confirm that it's still made with cane sugar? I seem to recall reading that "mexican" coke was starting to turn up with corn syrup.

        PS: Is this the Smart and Final with the Cemitas truck in front?

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        1. re: a_and_w

          I bought a case from Costco (Irvine) two/three weeks ago and I can confirm: they are made with cane sugar. Says so on the label and it indeed tasted snappier than the HFCS version.


        2. How do you know if it's Mexican coke or regular coke? Does the packing look different or do you have to closely examine the labels?

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          1. re: tgmm

            The print on the (glass) bottle is in spanish and the "Nutrition Facts" are on a separate label, typically haphazardly stuck on at a wierd angle.

          2. Mmmmm....crack in a bottle....

            Taco Miendo in Santa Monica also always has Mexican coke & pepsi by the bottle if you're looking for it with a meal.

            1. I happened to be milling around the Alhamba costco and boom... there it was, hiding in the corner. I have yet to try my first Mexican coke, but thanks to the chowhounders, I know what to look for.

              1. When I was still drinking soda (I quit a few years ago) I used to love RC. I thought that it was made with cane sugar - maybe that was a loooong time ago. Anyone know?

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                1. re: krez

                  RC is still made with sugar in glass bottles at one bottler in North Carolina, but you can't get it here anymore.

                  Here's a link to my half-assed explanation:

                  1. re: nakni

                    I assume that the easiest place to get Mexican Coke is, well, Mexico.

                    I've been there many times, and am sure I had Coke more than once. I can't say I noticed anything unusual about it. So will someone please tell me what's so great about it? I plan to be in Mexico again next month, and will have plently of opportunities to try it.

                    1. re: ekammin

                      its very bubbly and has a natural sweetness to it that is divine. I LOVE MEXICAN COKE!

                      and Caioti Cafe on Tujunga in Studio City has it.. as well as a lot of other exotic soft drinks.

                      1. re: ekammin

                        It's made with cane sugar, rather than high fructose corn syrup. Many, myself included, prefer the flavor of the cane sugar.

                        1. re: a_and_w

                          Generally, that's true, but you have to check the bottle. Some of the Mexican Coke and Pepsi bottles, like the ones I saw at El Jerezano, say they are made with cane sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup. The bottlers in Mexico will use both formulae. So you actually need to read the label.

                          1. re: Jwsel

                            Yes, that's why I asked the OP above to confirm that it was still made with cane sugar, not corn syrup.

                            1. re: a_and_w

                              Ingredients list: Carbonated water, SUGAR, camamel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine


                              And o so gooood...

                              I think they have some left!

                  2. ARRRRRRRGHHHH! Mexican coke at Sam's in the OKC! 17.99 a case...I can hardly believe it.

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                    1. re: Mattkn

                      also, it's available at a whole bunch of authentic mexian taqueria.

                      yes, read the label. sometimes even in mexico it's made with high fructose corn syrup rather than sugar.

                      oh, so good, yet more expensive than cokes in the can or plastic bottles.

                    2. It seems like alot of Costcos carry the Mexican Cokes. THANK GOD!! I just bought a case yesterday for $18.99 here in Las Vegas and it was totally worth it. Besides saving quite a bit of $$, we now have lots of them at our disposal. YAY!!

                      For those who wonder if Mexican Cokes are "worth it"... Remember as a kid, Cokes used to taste GREAT? Then, in the 70's..Not so great?? (Let's not even get into New Coke, shall we??*lol*) Mexican Cokes taste GREAT. My husband (who's been soda-free for over 15 years) is a Coke ADDICT now. At least this coke problem is legal, and just makes him gain weight *LOL*

                      They are -scary- good.

                      1. Update: Mexican Coke spotted at the Smart & Final on Laurel Canyon Blvd between Victory and Van Owen for $19.99+crv per case of 24 12.5oz glass bottles.
                        Also at Jon's on Van Nuys between Victory and Van Owen in the Mexican Foods section @ $1.00 +crv per bottle.

                        1. Dogwoods Market in Monrovia always has Mexican Coke. I've also found it at every taco place I have ever been to in Burbank.

                          1. Every taqueria and c-store in Anaheim, Orange and Santa Ana has it.

                            1. The Bristol Farms I go to (Long Beach) has it in the Bristol Cafe. Possibly sold by the pack too. I don't drink coke so I don't know, only noticed it when I was in the cafe.

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                              1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                                So if its $19.99 at Smart & Final, I assume its $199.99 at Bristol Farms?

                                1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                                  i've seen bottled coke at Bristol Farms, but the ones i saw contained HFCS instead of pure cane sugar.

                                2. Just got some from 99 cent store in noho
                                  4304 Lankershim Blvd
                                  North Hollywood, CA 91602
                                  50 cents each......:)

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                                  1. re: traumahound

                                    These are also at the Highland Park 99 cent store on York, east of Figueroa.

                                    1. re: traumahound

                                      Also bought a case at the 99cents store in Long Beach and saw it at the Lakewood store as well.

                                      1. re: justagthing

                                        sams club sells it. Having the soda sweetened with can sugar and not corn syrup makes a big difference on taste. the senorial grape sangria soda is really good also.

                                        1. re: AGENT FOODIE

                                          i've been looking, but never find it at the Sam's in Long Beach. Which Sam's are you finding it?

                                      2. re: traumahound

                                        I just noticed this bargain at my local 99Cent stores.

                                        The price is 59 cents for HALF LITER bottles - wow! Get 'em while they're in stock.

                                        No HFCS mentioned on the label either.

                                        1. re: DiveFan

                                          ahhh...but keep your eye out for the 2 for 99 cents bottles. And they are the tall glass bottles.

                                      3. I had a fabulous, FABULOUS dinner at Osteria Mozza a couple of weeks ago and one of my friends ordered a coke and it was a Mexican one. Of course!

                                        1. Too bad that stuff ain't made with Cocoa leaves. That'd be a GREAT way to pull an all-nighter.

                                          1. I got a 24 case of Mexican Coke (pure cane sugar) at the 99 Cent Store on Wilshire near Fairfax for about $16 (including tax + CRV). There's still a lot left so enjoy!

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                                            1. re: strongcoffee

                                              That's odd, I noticed when I bought my case, they didn't charge me for CRV's. Which made my 2 for 99cents bottles even less expensive.

                                              1. re: justagthing

                                                yeah i got hit $1.20 for CRV but I won't trip. I'm just happy I got a good supply for a good price.

                                            2. I saw some today at Costco in the City of Industry (60 Fwy & Azusa).

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                                              1. re: Gingerleen

                                                do you know how much? want to compare to the 99cent store

                                                1. re: justagthing

                                                  $19.00 and change plus crv for a 24 case of the 355ml bottles.

                                              2. 59 cents a bottle at 99 cents store wilshire/fairfax. still there they have a bunch

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                                                1. re: mpr86

                                                  2 for 99 at the 99 cents stores in Long Beach and Lakewood and no CRV's either.

                                                2. Hey guys!

                                                  I've spotted Mexican coke at costco and the trusty taco trucks, but was wondering if it was being served in WeHo/LA restaurants? I know a couple that do - like Umami and Riva. Any others? Let me know!!

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                                                  1. re: foodybelly

                                                    Saw it tonight @ Caioti Cafe in Tujunga Village.

                                                    1. re: foodybelly

                                                      They have it at Joe's Pizza in Santa Monica.

                                                    2. The Costco on Los Feliz almost always has many cases of it. It is definitely the original coca-cola many of us grew up drinking.

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                                                      1. re: Tom P

                                                        Can someone explain to me the appeal of this?

                                                        1. re: Silverlaker

                                                          Sodas were always made with sugar until the soda companies realized that corn syrup was cheaper. Corn syrup, though, is bad for your body and also does not have the same taste as sugar. A lot of us like to find the coke made in Mexico as it does not sure Corn Syrup but uses sugar, the way Coco-Cola was made for many years before corn syrup was added to the recipe.

                                                        2. re: Tom P

                                                          Beware, last time I was there it was no longer mexican coke but US bottled coke.

                                                        3. D'Amore's Pizza on Winnetka in the SFV,
                                                          Vallarta market Sherman Way and Wilbur,
                                                          most Panaderias - Mexican bakeries
                                                          A nice treat and worth breaking any no- soda rules ;-)
                                                          I always read the label.

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                                                          1. re: toomanypots

                                                            Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City; also Animal and Umami Burger.

                                                          2. Piggybacking off this post...so i've heard that Coca Cola makes a version of their soda for Passover that is sugar and not HFCS. Any truth to this? Anyone know where to get it if it exists?

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                                                            1. re: Pezzy

                                                              This is true -- or at least used to be. Look for it in the kosher section of the supermarket.

                                                              1. re: Pezzy

                                                                Gelson's usually carries this until the end of Passover.

                                                              2. i just saw mexican coca-cola sweetened w/ cane sugar at the Costco in montebello last night...

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                                                                  1. re: a213b

                                                                    VALLARTA MARKETS! 1.00$ a bottle Says: Mexican Coca Cola....tons at the one in Newhall