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Apr 2, 2010 09:07 AM

Mexican Coke and Beyond

I have seen a few threads here and there asking about where to find Mexican Coke. Cemitas Y Clayudas Pal Cabron in Huntington Park carries Mexican Coke, in addition to their fine cemitas and clayudas. But they also have imported Mexican Pepsi, Sprite, Squirt, and Fresca.

Recently they've added more obscure sodas from Mexico like Yoli, a lemon-lime soda less sweet than 7-Up and Sprite. The delicious apple soda Sidral's Mundet is in their arsenal. They just brought in one of my favorites, O-Key, which was fruit flavored sodas, from Puebla. This soda is only found in Puebla and my friend and taxista in Mexico city turned me on to O-Key on a recent trip to Mexico City. We took a day trip to Puebla where I had my first O-Key.

They also have a beer selection that includes the usual Mexican selections plus Newcastle, Guiness, Heineken, and Red Stripe.

I thought this was pretty cool and worth mentioning. For you Mexican soda heads, Pal Cabron is a one stop pop shop.


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  1. Mexican Coke is also carried at the newish budget grocery in Echo Park on the site of the old original Pioneer Market at Echo Park and Sunset.

    The name is something like Food Plus. I'll check for the right name when I'm down there next time.

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    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

      You can find the Mexican Coke in many latino markets and restaurants, but these other brands all in one place is great.

      1. re: streetgourmetla

        Hi SGLA, always enjoy your posts. Been noticing for a while now that the black & white stick-on nutrition labels on the Cokes and Pepsis from Mexico now indicate corn syrup as the sweetener. I'm not a huge soda drinker, but for those who are, isn't this corn syrup issue with the domestic versions the reason why so many have turned to the Mexican versions? I know Mexicanos have far more respect for maze than to slop it around in their sodas! ;) Just wondering what's going on?

        1. re: bulavinaka

          Any corn syrup in Mexico is coming from the US, but there was a 210% tariff imposed on high fructose corn syrup imported rom the US which kept sugar cane a viable sweetener. Most of these should be using sugar cane sweetener, but I'll take a look. La Descarga uses Mexican Coke for their Cuba Libra for the better flavor. But, try the O-Key, it's great.

          La Descarga
          1159 North Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

          1. re: bulavinaka

            You definitely have to check, but I've found with the Cokes that the "medio-litre" tend to say "HFCS or sugar" and the 20-oz bottles tend to just list sugar.

            I bought a 24-pack or the 20-oz sugar-only bottles a few weeks ago at the Smart and Final in Encino. The cost was about $21.

            1. re: Jwsel

              There's been talk about it here (wish I could track down the threads, but I couldn't) and on some soda blogs/forums that corn syrup has infiltrated many of the bottlers owned by FEMSA (the largest beverage company in Mexico) in the past couple years, particularly in the northern reaches of Mexico where most of your Costcos and box stores seem to get their cases from (where I live, it's always from the Mexicali bottler). What you may be getting from them is a sugar/corn syrup hybrid. So while it's undoubtedly crisper and smoother than regular Coke, it's not the real deal like in years past. The best bet is to track down a non-returnable bottle from the southern part of the country, where FEMSA has less of a stranglehold on the bottlers and the status quo has remained.

              1. re: nakni

                I'm still trying to figure out what that Boing! I had so many years ago was...

                It was totally unlike any Boing! around now. When one shook the cans vigorously, it thickened and frothed - like what we now call smoothies. It was like a fruit milk shake. Came in strawberry, tamarind, guavaba (guaya), guanabana (soursop) and mango. Had it in San Diego where a few stores carried it.

                If I wouldn't have had so much of it, and didn't have such a great memory, I'd think I dreamed it all up. There seems no reference to such a Boing! ever having existed.

      2. Super King Market in Altadena has cases of Mexican Coke. Now I need to check if they carry the others too.

        Super King Market
        2716 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

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        1. re: martyR

          Many of these are available, except the Yoli and the O-Key. I challenge you to find the O-Key anywhere, one of the most illusive soft drinks of Mexico. Report back.

        2. Thanks for this report SGLA. I wish I'd known about these when I was at Pal Cabron a few months ago. We just had Mexican Coke. Out of curiosity, how does O-Key compare with Jarritos?

          1. How am I suppose to keep my girlish figure if they start carrying good sodas? Bad enough that we make a stop at La Monarcha bakery and load up, but now I'll be washing down multiple cemitas and clayudas with several sodas? My doctor will be hunting you down soon.

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            1. re: Jase

              Another reason not to answer my phone Jase, thanks. Well, I wouldn't ask you to do anything to yourself that I don't already do to myself in spades. Provecho!

              1. re: streetgourmetla

                Well, if we're all going down together, might as well have some good company. You pick the drinks, i'll pick up the first few rounds at least.

            2. I have purchased Mexican Coke from my local Costco. They don't carry it constantly, but it does show up there from time to time.

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              1. re: Unnamed Source

                Yep, I have seen it there as well, in the nice glass bottles.

                1. re: ocshooter

                  I mentioned upthread that a lot of the Mexican Coke now has high-fructose corn syrup in it - it will indicate it on that little paper label on the bottle. Just a heads-up if that is an issue with you folks.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    FYI..There was a good thread on this on eG as well with lots of specifics on what to look for ect.. on Mexican bottles