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Mar 12, 2010 12:55 PM

Peanuts in soda?

Do you put salted peanuts in your soda, most notably Dr. Pepper?

I understand this is a long-standing Texas tradition.

Well, it's news to me.

Tried it today and thought it was interesting. Not something I would do regularly, but definitely intriguing.

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  1. Back in the olde days when you pulled glass bottles of Coke out of a vending machine, my dad (a Texan) used to put peanuts in his and taught me (another Texan) to do the same. It's been many a decade since I've done it though.

    As an aside, my dad would also occasionally puncture the bottlecap on a bottle of Coke with an ice pick rather than pop the top, and drink it through the aperture. He did that for my Cokes, too. Don't ask me why, but I thought it was pretty cool.

    1. I put salted peanuts in RC colas decades ago. If I did it now, it would be dry roasted peanuts in a Diet Coke. Doubt if it would be as tasty.

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      1. re: jimingso

        Did it with RC too growing up in So. AZ. Some oakie kid showed me how in JHS. Haven't done it since I was a freshman in HS (40 years ago).

        1. Growing up in rural North Florida in the 1950's, we would get a Coke (only 6.5 oz. available), drink a couple of swallows, and then pour in a sleeve of Lance peanuts. Then, when drinking the Coke, we would get a few peanuts as well. I told my wife about this a few years ago and she thought it was gross. It was, however, heaven in a bottle

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          1. re: steakman55

            The N. Florida take carried on into at least the 70s ~ I'm a witness & a partaker!
            Or, more correctly: I _was_ ~ I'd forgotten all about this taste treat! (Which brought to mind the greatness of freshly boiled peanuts, eaten from the cooling pot of salted water, in rockers, on front porches ~ YES! :-D
            Thanks for the walk down memory lane ~ It arrived just in time to share with my eldest before she reaches adulthood "incompletely educated in every way! '-)
            This'll be a fun point to this weekend! Thanks, again, for refreshing my memory banks! :-)

            1. re: steakman55

              Me too, also the 50s, Jacksonville Beach, to be exact. Something about the salty, sweet, fizzy, crunchy mouthful that was not only tasty, but fun! Always Coke and Lance.

              1. re: steakman55

                I would put a few peanuts in my mouth and then swig some pop, so it sounds yummy to me. I need to try that.

              2. An old ex-boyfriend survived on peanuts in a bottle of Coke during road trips to visit me in college. Rural Nevada, not Texas though.

                1. Cours'n we - eff'n your was fum Okahoma, Taxus, or RKansus - all drank our RC an Dr Pepper with pea nuts in the Central Valley of California in the 60s an 70s. But hit aint done there no more. So much has been lost, so little gained.

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                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                      Dam' straight, Sammy. High time to bring back peanuts n' Coke. Course, it won't be the same in a plastic bottle or a can, I suspect.

                        1. re: Uncle Bob

                          Yeah, I actually (re)discovered this today at lunch at Rudy's BBQ. They had bottled Cokes and I duly snapped one up. No peanuts, however...

                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                        You forgot Mizzerah. Usens who lived over yonder on the 101 drank them with Coke.

                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                          Well, I dunno, I grew up in Oklahoma in the 70s/80s, and I've never heard of this before—maybe it's cause I grew up in one of them high-falutin' college towns. But it sounds terrific. Might try it today.

                          1. re: tatamagouche

                            Sure enough, after I asked on FB, fellow staters tell me it's more of a rural thing in OK.

                            1. re: tatamagouche

                              Okay, I was in Norman and OKC, so maybe that's why I never heard of it.