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Jan 24, 2008 05:29 PM

8oz Coke

Maybe this is passe by now on the mainland, but I just found "half size" (8oz) cans of CocaCola at my market. Im sure there were other coke products, but I didn't bother to unglaze my eyes long enough to look around.

Yeah, I'm paying almost as much money for half as much soda, maybe even more. But it is so nice to have a 'guilt-free' size and know that I can drink the whole thing before it goes flat. Just enough for my afternoon "fix". Hooray Coke!

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  1. The size is right and now if they would make them with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, I would be on top of the world!

    1. At the local Ralph's they have the 1/2 size cans in more than just Coke. I can't seem to buy it as I feel as if it is a ripoff and for the fact that I prefer Mexican Coke, no HFCS!

      1. Last time I was at Sam's, they had 8 oz Coke in BOTTLES...! Yes! The original size bottles! I bought a case. But it may have been "leftovers" from the holidays. I think Coke does it every year, but I'm not certain it's a national thing.

        I've been wishing for some time that Coca Cola would make original formula Coke, as in "real cane sugar", put it in the 8 ouce bottles and market it as "The Real Thing." I'd buy it! <sigh> I should be their marketing director.

        17 Replies
        1. re: Caroline1

          Wouldn't "original" formula Coke contain cocaine, as it did over 100 years ago?

          1. re: Leonardo

            Yes, in 1885 COKE did have traces of Cocaine in it.
            Please see for ALL the facts.
            Very interesting.
            I WISh they would go back to SUGAR instead

            1. re: Leonardo

              Evidently, (Urban legend?) Coke is the largest legal buyer of coca leaves, but it is processed to remove the illegal stimulants. Anybody have more info.?
              Drive a U-haul to the southwest of Mexico and fill it up w/ real sugar cane Mexican Coke and drive back happy and buzzed. It really does taste better.

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                nawww...all you have to do is go to a 99 cents only store and you can get 2 bottles for only 99 cents!

                1. re: justagthing

                  Not in New England. The Puritans don't allow it. Now back to my green coke & Jamisons

                  1. re: justagthing

                    Really? They have real sugar cane coke at the 99 cent store?

                    1. re: yamalam

                      What's a 99 cent store? They don't sound Yankee to me!

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        are you serious? go to a sketchy or just struggling neighborhood. with few exceptions everything for under $1.00

                      2. re: yamalam

                        I checked 3 stores yesterday and they were ALL sold out. I was so, so bummed. Maybe I should have kept it to myself so that I could have bought more. They aren't expecting to receive any in the near future. Oh well, onto the next good buy!

                        1. re: justagthing

                          call a distributor directly. you'll have to buy by the case.

                          1. re: hill food

                            Found "Hecho en Mexico" real sugar cane Coke at Costco here in Arizona!!!!!!!!!! It was being sold by the case...not sure of the price though.

                    2. re: Passadumkeg

                      I was in Mexico last year and had their brand of Sprite. It was way too sweet for me. I didn't try the coke since it is not allowed on my diet. Of course coke is my fave kind of soda but I have to stick to ginger ale or sprite.

                    3. re: Leonardo

                      Coke still does use the Coca leaf but with the drug portion removed:

                      "After 1904, Coca-Cola started using, instead of fresh leaves, "spent" leaves - the leftovers of the cocaine-extraction process with cocaine trace levels left over at a molecular level.[16][17] To this day, Coca-Cola uses as an ingredient a non-narcotic coca leaf extract prepared at a Stepan Company plant in Maywood, New Jersey.[18][19] In the United States, Stepan Company is the only manufacturing plant authorized by the Federal Government to import and process the coca plant.[20]"

                    4. re: Caroline1

                      After having long grown out of my childhood addiction to "soda", some years ago, Coke reintroduced the 8 oz. as a promotion. I bought it for old times sake and wowed my daughter when I brought it home, as we never had soda in the house. Sharing one, ice cold and only out of the bottle, became a nightly ritual until the 8 pack was gone.

                      More recently, I had picked up kosher Coke, for the real cane sugar, in a 2 liter bottle and would have a nightly, or bi-nightly, glass or two, with ice, with my son. We also enjoyed the ritual, and appreciated the superior taste, buying more and bringing extras to my brother, who until then, hadn't been aware of that detail.

                      This Christmas while shopping in BJs, my son and I spotted the 8 oz cases and of course, I bought. Now I can't hold him to our ritual, but it was still fun as he would offer me a Coke, knowing I would go for it. It's fun too, seeing him offering to his friends, who go through liters of all flavors at home, and imparting some of his appreciation to them. My daughter, now 22 and not living at home, was over and seeing us drinking our cokes, commented why does he get his own? It was such a funny and warm and real moment.

                      A great idea to put the real cane sugar Coke in 8 oz bottles. Kosher Coke available all year round instead of only Passover and Rosh Shoshana, and 8 oz bottles all year instead of occasional promotions. Probably pay double, triple or more for the privilege, as the sugar IS more expensive as well as the packaging, handling, economics of scale etc. I'd be happy to pay it though, easy for me to say, as I drink it in such moderation.

                      1. re: Caroline1

                        I like the way you think, Caroline. It always bugs me to see the word, "classic" written on the Coca Cola cans. They should be prohibited from using that word, since today's Coke does not taste the way it used to, as anyone who remembers it from "classic" times can tell you. How ironic that the "The Real Thing" no longer is. What a bunch of phony bull.

                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          It also bugs me too that until recently, they were still using 12 oz bottles in their advertising. Please tell me where I can get a 12 oz bottle of Coke other than at my local Mexican food grocery store.

                        2. re: Caroline1

                          Actually, the original size bottles were 6 oz. I suspect that the bottle's exterior is the size of the old ones, but the old bottles were much thicker, to allow plenty of rough handling. I remember those well - my grandpa Owen had the contract to paint all the exterior signage in the local bottler's distribution area, and part of the deal was a case of Coke every week.

                        3. This thread brings a smile to jfood's face since it reminds him of the saying"if you work on something long enough you arrive at where you started."

                          Jfood remembers hearing the story how Pepsi decided to challenge Coke when it was first introduced. Trying to bring Coke-drinkers to Pepsi, it saw an abundance of an inexpensive supply of 12-oz "used" beer bottles. Pepsi decided to offer its product in this larger quantity at the same price as the 8-oz Coke. The rest is history. Now everyone wants the 8-0z bottle of Coke.

                          Gotta love it.

                          1. Wasn't that old green glass returnable bottle 6 ounces?
                            It cost 5 cents from the vending machine and when you opened it, it turned icy.
                            And the Co-Cola delivery man, came to the house very week and brought a new case of Coke. Dropped it on the back porch and took away the case of empties that you had left next to the box where milkman left the milk and butter and eggs.

                            5 Replies
                            1. re: MakingSense

                              think you are right on the 6oz versus 8oz. The you had to use the bottle opener on te big red machine as well.

                              Never had a soda delivery guy but lots of others showed up at casa jfood growing up.

                              1. re: jfood

                                Maybe y'all never had a Co-Cola delivery man 'cuz y'all lived up there in the North. Notice that the case swap was right next to the milk delivery spot. Its rightful place in the Deep South.

                                Interesting though that the 8 oz is now considered a small package where the 6 oz was once considered the standard portion. Now the "normal" is twice or more that size - the regular cans are 12 oz and bottles are 20 oz.
                                Why is America having problems with obesity and diabetes? Ya think?

                                1. re: MakingSense

                                  NJ and CT still have milk/dairy deliveries.

                                  1. re: MakingSense

                                    Coke used to deliver here (Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN) as well. I still have the opener that was installed by the delivery guy at my grandfather's house. I also grabbed the opener from my mom's house right before I handed over the keys to the new owners. Some things are sacred.

                                    I used to live with a fellow who had a 'pony' (6 oz) Coke machine. We were in our twenties so of course it was filled with Pabst pony bottles, though I'd slip a Coke in there occasionally.

                                2. re: MakingSense

                                  There is a popular computer repair/retail center here in NYC that has an old-fashioned operating Coke machine that dispenses the small glass bottles for 10 cents. The machine even has one of those little bottle openers in it. That kind of goodwill goes a long way with customers. I always get a kick out of it, and must buy one every time I am in the store.