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Mexican Coca-Cola [moved from New Jersey board]

I had read that it is better tasting than the Coke that is made with high fructose corn syrup.

Well, I saw them at Wegmans in Freehold in the beverage area for the take-out food.
Didn't see any on the shelves in the beverages aisle.
I bought a bottle just to see how it is.
It is in the refrigerator now "chilling".

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  1. I saw a report of a taste test of Mexican Coke vs regular Coke and a couple other drinks. (It might have been on CH.) Mexican Coke finished low, behind regular Coke.

    1. Kenji did a pretty detailed Food Labs blind taste of Mexican vs. American Coke. The bottom like is - there are two types of Coke drinkers - feelers and tasters. Feelers prefer to drink out of glass bottles, so they prefer Mexican coke. Tasters don't care about the vessel the drinks are handed to them in, and they ended up preferring American Coke.

      1. The Wegman's in Manalapan has stocked the Mexican Coke in it's "ethnic" food section (that's also where one'll find Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray, too), not in the soda pop aisles. I bought a case of it a couple of years ago there. They've since "re-organized" that store and I can't find anything I typically go there specifically to buy (Grandma Brown's Beans, and Polar's Dry Orange and Cape Cod Cranberry Sodas), so don't know if the Mexi-Coke is still on the shelves.

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        1. re: JessKidden

          It's usually sold around Passover. Corn is levened, sugar is not.

          1. re: syrup09

            The local Coke bottler(s) make the yellow cap "Kosher" Coke I buy around Passover. IIRC, they list "sucrose" as the sweetener, so that includes either cane or beet sugar.

            I imagine the appeal of the Mexican Coke includes being bottled in glass as well as using cane sugar.

            1. re: JessKidden

              Glass bottles don't breathe, so you can use less carbonation, which means less acid gets produced, which means fewer off flavors and less bitterness.

          2. re: JessKidden

            The Shop Rite in Ocean (by SeaView Square mall) has it in their ethnic section.

          3. I much prefer the Coke with real sugar. Surprisingly, the Bridegwater Costco has been selling it by the case. The Pepsi Throwback or Flashback (or whatever it is called) is also made with sugar, but it is too sweet for me.

            1. I'm not a big soda drinker to begin with, but when I was in Mexico a few years ago, everyone talked about how much better it was. To me, it was too sweet, but so is American coke. Although I do find the Mexican coke sweeter than American. So it depends on how you define better - I between the two, I don't really have a preference, I like them both about the same. But a friend who is a big soda drinker prefers Mexican.

              1. Still awaiting the report from the OP...

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                1. re: equal_Mark

                  I drank the Mexican Coca-Cola tonight.

                  Slightly less zip than USA Coca-Cola.

                  But if I hadn't know it was different, I am not sure I would have been able to taste a difference.

                  1. re: ieee488

                    It's no longer an absolute rule that Mexican Coke uses sugar (the labels list corn syrup also). European Coke is still sugar.

                    1. re: ferret

                      Just looked at a can of Mexican Coke and it only says "azucares" which translates as sugar. So i looked at a can of Diet Coke and it says "azucares" where the calories are shown as zero. But in the ingredient list they show aspartame. Looks like Coke translates azucares as sweetener.

                      1. re: mexivilla

                        The bottled Mexican Coke sold in the US that bears a translated nutritional sticker that shows sugar and/or corn syrup.

                        1. re: ferret

                          The glass bottled ones I get (very rarely) from one of the supermercados (a realllly big one) here have an ingredient list that reads: carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine. Agua carbonatada, azúcar, color caramelo, acido fosfórico, sabores naturales, cafeina.
                          Bottled in Monterrey.

                          I find it overly sweet. Realllllly sweet.

                        2. re: mexivilla

                          The ones I bought here just at Christmas time do not say corn syrup on them. Just sugar. (in Western Canada)

                  2. I find it to be smoother with less of a sludgy aftertaste.


                    1. The big difference is in satiety. You won't want to drink a whole liter of Mexican Coke, you will want to stop at 8 - 12 oz. We switched a couple years ago, and my husband the Coke drinker dropped 20 pounds with no effort.

                      1. I think it's a bit overrated, IMO. Has a spicy undertone that I don't like.

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                        1. re: arktos

                          For all those commenting on the difference in flavor, there's am Emperor's New Clothes factor at play. The basic recipe remains identical with the only exception being sweetener. Coke doesn't allow for regional variations in flavor.

                          1. re: ferret

                            I agree that it's mostly in our heads, but there is a slight variation in taste in that the U.S. brand is a tad sweet due to the 55% fructose (Mexico being 50%).