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Mexican coca cola in Bmore?

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amyatkendall May 23, 2008 02:44 PM

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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    ronandaim RE: amyatkendall May 23, 2008 02:57 PM

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

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      matt8313 RE: amyatkendall May 23, 2008 03:16 PM

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

      1. Dmnkly RE: amyatkendall May 24, 2008 12:23 AM

        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.

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          kimmer1850 RE: amyatkendall May 24, 2008 06:54 AM

          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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            amyatkendall RE: kimmer1850 May 25, 2008 02:52 PM

            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.

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              uac1530 RE: amyatkendall May 27, 2008 10:05 AM

              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).

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                Hue RE: uac1530 May 27, 2008 11:36 AM

                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 Coke...my taste buds have been jaded I guess!!!!

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                  Dmnkly RE: uac1530 May 27, 2008 12:00 PM

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

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                    onocoffee RE: Dmnkly May 27, 2008 02:38 PM

                    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.

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                      Gigi007 RE: onocoffee Aug 21, 2009 07:05 PM

                      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.

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                        Dmnkly RE: Gigi007 Aug 26, 2009 04:25 PM

                        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.

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                          Gigi007 RE: Dmnkly Aug 26, 2009 04:56 PM

                          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.

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                            Dmnkly RE: Gigi007 Aug 26, 2009 11:13 PM

                            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.

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              stew48 RE: amyatkendall Aug 21, 2009 06:28 PM

              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.

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