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May 23, 2008 02:44 PM

Mexican coca cola in Bmore?

Can anyone point me to a source for Mexican coca cola in Baltimore - has anyone seen it in one of the Mexican grocery stores around town? I'm trying to find coke without high fructose corn syrup.

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  1. I know this isn't the exact answer that you are looking for, but Woodberry Kitchen serves it.

    1. They sell it by the glass bottle at the coffee shop at the Towson library. Terrific housemade desserts as well.

      1. Go to Eastern & Broadway and walk into any of the twentysomething taquerias within a three block radius. If you have to try more than three of them before finding it, I'll be shocked.

        1. Try Cinco de Mayo II on Eastern Ave. between Little Italy and Fells Point. I get it there all the time.

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          1. re: kimmer1850

            OMG, Kimmer, thank you - my husband and I just got picked up crab pizza from Matthew's and real Coke from Cindo de Mayo - perfect dinner! THANKS! I haven't had real coke in decades.

            1. re: amyatkendall

              Mexican Coke is slightly different than American Coke. It does have real sugar, but the formula isn't exactly the same and the carbonation is a little different.

              I like Mexican Coke but the current HFCS American Coke tastes more like "real" Coke than the Mexican Coke does. The Coke bottler in Des Moines, IA (of all places) continued to make Coke with sugar until I was in college (mid-90's).

              1. re: uac1530

                I purchased some Kosher for Passover Coke(Sugar) in the 2 Liter bottle last year and frankly, I didn't like the taste as much as I do the HFCS taste buds have been jaded I guess!!!!

                1. re: uac1530

                  FWIW, just because it's from Mexico doesn't mean it wasn't made with HFCS. The labeling sometimes even states either/or.

                  1. re: Dmnkly

                    From what I've seen the 355ml new glass bottles of Coke from Mexico are all sugar and no HFCS (it's on the label). However, 1 liter bottles from Mexico, as well as 355ml bottles from other Latin American countries are labeled differently.

                    1. re: onocoffee

                      The Mexican coca cola I've had hasn't had any HFCS. It's pure cane sugar as far as I know, which is the main difference between the American coca cola and the Mexican version. Haven't had it in a while, so I can't look at the label. I used to get Mexican coca cola at a lot of small bodegas in NYC.

                      1. re: Gigi007

                        Generally, it is cane sugar, yes... but on rare occasion I've run into a bottle clearly marked product of Mexico that lists HFCS or specifies that it could be either. Just a heads-up that just because it's from Mexico doesn't automatically mean it's made with cane sugar.

                        1. re: Dmnkly

                          Dmnkly, that's interesting. The Mexican made coca cola I used to buy in NY and also in Mexico listed pure sugar cane and not HFCS, and I've never seen any Mexican coca cola with HFCS. Maybe there are different or new bottling plants because I haven't bought any in the about 1 1/2-2 years.

                          1. re: Gigi007

                            I'm sure there are many. There's no way there's one bottling plant that serves the entirety of the country of Mexico. I wouldn't say it's something I see with any regularity, but there was a period of about a year going back 3-4 years, maybe, when I came across a Mexican HFCS bottle two or three times in Chicago. I was as surprised as you. I'd never seen it before. But it was on the label, clear as day. And then a month or two later, I saw it again, and a third time, I believe. As I say, this was a while back. I have absolutely no concept of the market forces that govern these things. It could be they haven't done it for quite some time. But unless they were somehow mislabeled, I definitely have purchased Mexican Coke that was sweetened with HFCS.

            2. You can get it where I got mine this evening. Wegmans in Hunt Valley may be the first major grocery store in the area to carry it. Look in the area of the store where they carry international groceries.