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Sep 24, 2010 07:12 AM

Mexican Coke (made with real sugar)

I just saw this article come across today on the popularity of Mexican Coke (still made with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup, and glass bottled). A website has sprung up to tell you where to find it near where you live.
Actually, if you go into just about any Latin American supermarket or grocer, chances are good they stock some. I've also bought sodas (pop, to some of you) from other Latin American countries, such as Ecuador.

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  1. This stuff has just started popping up in the mainstream grocery stores in my area (West Michigan). One started featuring it, and then the others got competitive and added it to their shelves too. The same thing happened earlier with bags of giant pink and white marshmallows. The Coke is a nice treat, reminds me of the only time we'd get it when I was a kid: homemade pizza night with a six-pack of Coke in glass bottles. It tasted so good back then, although I don't know if it was made with sugar at the time or if I just didn't know any better.

    1. I love Mexican coke, especially when in Mexico - nobody blinks an eye when you drink it ice cold for breakfast, especially since they're doing the same at a street vendor at 7:30am. Mexican Fanta is pretty good too.
      BTW, your link doesn't seem to work for me.
      I'm told that kosher coke, made for passover, contains sugar instead of HFCS and is closest to the original coke recipe. I've tried kosher coke, but it still doesn't seem as good as Mexican coke in a glass bottle.

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      1. re: porker

        I've tried kosher Coke too. I agree it's not the same.
        Forget the link. Simply go to any major Latin American community near you and look for it in a large grocery or supermarket. By the way, in the market I go to, the imported sodas are stocked in a separate aisle from the regular sodas. So you may want to look out for that.
        I've also tried the Fanta. It's pretty darn good. I make sure I chill them in the fridge before drinking.
        I definitely agree with a lot of people that the glass bottle makes a big difference in taste and the experience.
        I'm sure some portion of our attitudes are attributable to nostalgia from our youth (if you're old enough to have tasted Coke before they changed to using HFCS). But since I can't eliminate that possibility, I'm not gonna fret over it.

        1. re: nooyawka

          Loving Coke from the little glass bottles has nothing to do with nostalgia. My kids also have noticed, independent from me, that it tastes better. In fact, anyone I've ever spoken to regardless of age loves the coke from the little glass bottles.

          Conversely, doesn't everyone agree that the worst Coke is always from the 2 liter plastic bottles? Ugh. If that stuff was the original Coke product, Coke would have failed.

          1. re: Steve

            Have to agree with Steve. There is a discernible difference between the two bottles. Glass for me wins every time.

      2. As an aside, Canadian coke is also not made with high fructose corn syrup, if you live further north.

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        1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

          a few months ago Pepsi, sorry OT, said they were bringing back the Pepsi from yesteryear, what was it called Pepsi Throwback or flashback or whatever? never came to my Von's or Ralphs or Stater Bros or WalMarchay :(

          1. re: iL Divo

            I've seen the Throwback in various stores in Michigan, as well as Mountain Dew Retro or whatever they're calling it (can't do the Dew)

            And...I finally found my holy grail: Retro Dr. Pepper! Sugary goodness...much cleaner taste than normal DP. The packaging says "Anniversary Edition"

            1. re: iL Divo

              Funny how nobody is pining for "New Coke"...

          2. If you are a Costco member, look for cases of it there. Costco in Metro Detroit charges about $18 for 24 bottles (plus deposit). I don't buy it that way because we'd drink it up too fast!

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            1. re: coney with everything

              Sam's Club carries it sometimes too, for a similar price.

            2. Mexican coke, in bottles. Made by: Jesus.

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              1. re: librarianjen

                ............really?............................:))))) now 'that's' worth drinkin

                1. re: librarianjen

                  That's what I heard too. Used to be sparkling water and then there was this wedding...