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I found Mexican Coke in NJ! (No HFCS!)

I just found out that Kings Supermarkets is now carrying bottles of coke from Mexico made with no high fructose corn syrup...it comes in a glass bottle and is AMAZING!

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  1. they sell it in costco for a lot less money. I would guess.

    1. Been meaning to try this. I'll go get some today, if only to prove to myself that it doesn't taste different. And if it does, well, it's anyone's guess if that has to do with the sweetener or something else.

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      1. re: tommy

        assuming the age of the two products are about the same, give or take a few weeks, I would be amazed if you didn't taste a big difference. Not saying which you will like better but you should see a difference for sure.

        If one of the products is significantly older, then the difference will be age related not from the sweetener.

        1. re: tommy

          What else would cause a difference?
          The primary extract is standardized, and from what I understand, the water in the various Coke packaging plants around the world is even treated in much the same way as breweries routinely adjust their water source for mineral content, pH, etc.
          In any case, Coke which is made with sugar rather than the demonized HFCS (which is demonized for very good and valid reasons) does indeed taste different.
          The difference is fairly subtle...to the point where some less developed palates may not perceive it... but there is a difference.

          1. re: The Professor

            Hmm, well, one has more sodium.

            And then of course there are other considerations vis-a-vis "ratios."

            1. re: The Professor

              There may be a subtle taste difference, but any reason to "demonize" HFCS applies equally to ordinary sugar. Both are glucose and fructose, but in table sugar these are bound together as sucrose.

          2. I've also seen it at Food Basics, too.

            1. I posted about this a few months ago.

              I found it at Wegmans in Freehold.

              I bought just one bottle, and really couldn't tell the difference.

              1. Around Passover time you can get regular Coke made only with sugar (no HFCS) in the supermarkets. Look for the yellow caps with "Kosher for Passover" on them. Do *NOT* be fooled by the fact that Pepsi has yellow caps--it always has HFCS in it!

                Whether the rest of the formulation differs between the US and Mexico, I don't know, but many people swear that the US-made Coke for Passover tastes much better than the rest of the year.

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                1. re: eleeper

                  There's no doubt that Coke in the USA has been made sweeter over the years. Probably even before they started using HFCS in it.

                2. I also am able to get it locally just lately, and there IS a big difference to me. It's not sweet, just very refreshing. It's not just the sugar vs HFCS, but the amount they use in different countries. US has a bad sweet tooth apparently.

                  My friend who lives in Georgia just took someone on a tour of the Coke plant, and got to taste Coke from every country of the world.....Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, she said every one of them tasted completely different. She's a real healthy eater usually, but this was so eye opening for her, she couldn't stop talking about it.

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                  1. re: coll

                    I'd guess Mexicans in general have a pretty sweet tooth - they put sugar in OJ.

                    I've been buying it at Fresh Market in Montvale and it's also at Badlands Taco in Ramsey, NJ.