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Mexican Coke SPOTTED!

xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 12:44 PM

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. Woolsey RE: xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 01:01 PM

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

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      jenn RE: xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 01:01 PM

      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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        missmodular818 RE: jenn Sep 24, 2007 01:18 PM

        Ha ha! Pretty funny, Jenn.

      2. a_and_w RE: xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 01:19 PM

        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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          elmomonster RE: a_and_w Sep 24, 2007 01:36 PM

          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.


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          tgmm RE: xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 01:56 PM

          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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            Dav RE: tgmm Sep 24, 2007 01:59 PM

            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. ElJeffe RE: xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 02:41 PM

            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.

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              kotatsu RE: xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 03:00 PM

              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.

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                krez RE: xMOOx Sep 24, 2007 03:44 PM

                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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                  nakni RE: krez Sep 24, 2007 04:55 PM

                  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:

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                    ekammin RE: nakni Sep 27, 2007 08:07 AM

                    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.

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                      Jaybay RE: ekammin Sep 27, 2007 08:19 AM

                      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.

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                        a_and_w RE: ekammin Sep 27, 2007 09:55 AM

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

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                          Jwsel RE: a_and_w Sep 27, 2007 12:22 PM

                          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.

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                            a_and_w RE: Jwsel Sep 27, 2007 12:42 PM

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

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                              xMOOx RE: a_and_w Sep 27, 2007 11:25 PM

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


                              And o so gooood...

                              I think they have some left!

                  2. Mattkn RE: xMOOx Sep 30, 2007 05:22 PM

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

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                      kevin RE: Mattkn Oct 6, 2007 12:26 AM

                      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. Honeychan RE: xMOOx Sep 30, 2007 05:44 PM

                      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.

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                        Thimker RE: xMOOx Oct 5, 2007 10:36 PM

                        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.

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                          AllieMcC RE: xMOOx Oct 6, 2007 11:49 PM

                          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. Das Ubergeek RE: xMOOx Oct 7, 2007 01:45 PM

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

                            1. Azizeh Barjesteh RE: xMOOx Oct 7, 2007 01:54 PM

                              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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                                ElJeffe RE: Azizeh Barjesteh Oct 7, 2007 05:44 PM

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

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                                  strongcoffee RE: Azizeh Barjesteh Jan 24, 2008 07:17 PM

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

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                                  traumahound RE: xMOOx Jan 4, 2008 12:16 PM

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

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                                    hpcat RE: traumahound Jan 4, 2008 12:18 PM

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

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                                      justagthing RE: traumahound Jan 4, 2008 03:59 PM

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

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                                        AGENT FOODIE RE: justagthing Jan 5, 2008 11:19 PM

                                        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.

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                                          justagthing RE: AGENT FOODIE Jan 6, 2008 06:49 AM

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

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                                        DiveFan RE: traumahound Jan 9, 2008 08:59 PM

                                        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.

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                                          justagthing RE: DiveFan Jan 9, 2008 09:47 PM

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

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                                        EliAnnKat RE: xMOOx Jan 6, 2008 11:11 AM

                                        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!

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                                          WORX4FUDE RE: xMOOx Jan 10, 2008 12:55 PM

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

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                                            strongcoffee RE: xMOOx Jan 24, 2008 07:15 PM

                                            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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                                              justagthing RE: strongcoffee Jan 24, 2008 07:26 PM

                                              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.

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                                                strongcoffee RE: justagthing Jan 24, 2008 07:50 PM

                                                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. Gingerleen RE: xMOOx Jan 27, 2008 06:07 PM

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

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                                                justagthing RE: Gingerleen Jan 27, 2008 07:39 PM

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

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                                                  socalcourt RE: justagthing Jan 27, 2008 09:49 PM

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

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                                                mpr86 RE: xMOOx Jan 27, 2008 08:46 PM

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

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                                                  justagthing RE: mpr86 Jan 27, 2008 09:49 PM

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

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                                                  foodybelly RE: xMOOx Mar 15, 2009 08:12 PM

                                                  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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                                                    FranklinJefferson RE: foodybelly Mar 15, 2009 08:32 PM

                                                    Saw it tonight @ Caioti Cafe in Tujunga Village.

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                                                      a_and_w RE: foodybelly Mar 16, 2009 11:44 AM

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

                                                    2. Tom P RE: xMOOx Mar 16, 2009 01:44 PM

                                                      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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                                                        Silverlaker RE: Tom P Mar 16, 2009 02:37 PM

                                                        Can someone explain to me the appeal of this?

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                                                          Tom P RE: Silverlaker Mar 17, 2009 11:11 AM

                                                          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.

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                                                          ns1 RE: Tom P Mar 17, 2009 06:55 PM

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

                                                        3. toomanypots RE: xMOOx Mar 16, 2009 11:29 PM

                                                          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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                                                            a213b RE: toomanypots Mar 17, 2009 09:33 AM

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

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                                                            Pezzy RE: xMOOx Mar 17, 2009 07:14 PM

                                                            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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                                                              a_and_w RE: Pezzy Mar 18, 2009 07:56 AM

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

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                                                                toomanypots RE: Pezzy Mar 19, 2009 02:35 AM

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

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                                                                slomosi RE: xMOOx Mar 18, 2009 05:09 PM

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

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                                                                  a213b RE: slomosi Mar 18, 2009 08:08 PM

                                                                  Also at Skaf's in NoHo

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                                                                    Kitchen Queen RE: a213b Mar 18, 2009 11:03 PM

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

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