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Mar 2, 2009 03:10 AM

Coke in the UK

I can't remember if I mentioned this, but Coke in the UK is apparantly made with sugar instead of HFCS. I never thought to check since all the furore over HFCS

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  1. Isn't it the same with Mexican or other Latin American bottled Coca Colas?

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    1. re: dpan

      Yeah, I've heard Mexico uses sugar.

      1. re: Soop

        pretty sure it's the same w/ coke everywhere except the usa?

        1. re: t_g

          Oh, it might be. I don't know much about it TBH, I thought it might be helpful (friends on holiday etc)

          1. re: Soop

            Coke is formulated differently around the world - there are more variables than just the sweetener. So UK Coke is made with sugar, but it doesn't taste quite like Coke.

    2. The U.S. is the only one really big on HFCS, because it's cheaper than sugar, easier to access. That's why we have commercials about how it isn't bad for you, even though corn itself isn't really the greatest vegetable to have in all honesty... and highly processed at that! Hm.

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      1. re: scarfgirl

        and the corn industry is heavily subsidized by the government.

      2. I think European sodas use beet sugar.

        1. I shop in the American Commissary here, and there are usually two if not three Coke options, good ole Atalanta Coke, Coke made in Singapore and sometimes one from another South Asian or East Asian country. The Atlanta version is the only HFCS, although the ingredients in the others vary slightly. The don't taste alike, and most people go for the Atlanta version (which makes sense since the majority of people shopping in the Commissary are American and that is the one that tastes most "right" to them).

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          1. re: lulubelle

            That's really interesting, considering that I live in the US and, on the rare occasions that I decide to buy coke, I will happily go out of my way to get it with sugar instead of HCFS. Coke that contains sugar not only tastes better to me, but also much closer to the coke I remember from childhood. I should probably mention that I grew up overseas, where the coke has always been made with sugar. However, I don't think that factors into this too much as I almost never drank coke when I lived overseas. It was always a special treat thing that turned into a "temporary habit" when I was visiting my relatives back home (in the US). Coke tasted so good then. And it's now its just different. I am kind of surprised that more of your shopping companions don't choose a foreign version, especially if they recall when US coke was made with sugar.

            1. re: vvvindaloo

              You have to remember that lulubelle is referencing the US military overseas commissary. The people who largely patronize the commissary (military, diplomats) are not usually the adventurous foodie crowd that looks out for unique items. They want their American items and the "real" coke for them is the can made in the Good 'Ol U S of A. None of that "foreign" stuff they can get on the local economy. The only exception I know to that rule is for beer and other adult beverages at the Class VI (liquor) stores on base.

              1. re: dpan

                The embassy crowd here is actually pretty adventurous, as far as local food at least, as far as I have seen (I'm not embassy, but have commissary privileges), but if I am going to the Comm and spending almost a dollar a can on Coke, it's because I have a craving for something from home.

                1. re: lulubelle

                  There is a BIG difference between state department and DOD. Wen I ran a diplomatic school in Helsinki, the Finnish gov't supplied us w/ excellent home cooked lunches like salmon and potato casserole (I requested a change from the typical Finnish Thursday pea soup and blood pancakes.), but the American kids huddled together w/ their PB&J's on Wonder Bread. I had no commissary privileges except for booze which I needed for entertaining. Good booze was $75 a bottle on the local market, but $2 from the embassy.
                  Can't remember Norwegian or Finnish coke, I drank local soft drinks like an apple one (Epplemost) in Norway and birch syrup in Finland.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    It's the other way around here. I can buy anything at the Commissary except alcohol (I teach at an international school), but I really only buy things like Coke and ice cream. Booze here is expensive and not readily available, so most of it gets brought back from trips out of the country.

                    Most of my American students have spent little, if any, time in the States, so they have pretty wide tastes.