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alphanumeric Sep 6, 2013 10:41 PM

I don't see much talk about colas, but I know that Fentiman's has a cola and I'm sure there are plenty of other premium colas out there. I'm not a cola guy myself, but I do prefer mixing with ingredients that are better. Has anyone tried any of these premium colas? Are any of them substantially better than Coke?

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    Hobbert Sep 7, 2013 08:01 AM

    Mexican Coke for me!

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      foodieX2 Sep 7, 2013 08:15 AM

      My son agrees with you.

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        Candy Sep 7, 2013 08:36 AM

        Me too. I cannot indulge often because of caffeine restrictions, but there are 2 bottles in my fridge right now.

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          Hobbert Sep 7, 2013 08:59 AM

          I've got problems with caffeine too but my rare caffeinated treat is only Mexican Coke. Nothing else is quite as good.

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          Pwmfan Sep 7, 2013 09:05 AM

          Mexican Coke is the main reason for my Costco membership.

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            alphanumeric Sep 7, 2013 10:09 AM

            I hear a lot about Mexican Coke. Has anyone ever done a double blind side-by-side?

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              mwhitmore Sep 7, 2013 10:18 AM

              AFAIK the difference is the sweetener: Mexican uses sugar like Coke did in the old days, current American Coke uses corn syrup.

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                Hobbert Sep 7, 2013 11:15 AM

                The first time I had it, I didn't realize it was Mexican and just found it noticeably better. It uses cane sugar rather than HFCS like mwhitmore says. To me, it's sweet but not as sickeningly sweet as American Coke.

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                  Chemicalkinetics Sep 7, 2013 05:41 PM

                  I drank sugar cane Cola and HFCS Cola. I haven't had a chance to drink them back to back, but when I drink them separately, I cannot tell. Probably because my taste is not as sensitive some other people. But this is no surprise, many people cannot bear the taste from cast iron cookware, and I have no problem eating foods made from cast iron cookware.

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                    Clams047 Sep 10, 2013 05:32 AM

                    Easy test to compare sugar vs. corn syrup - Make up a batch of lemonade using sugar vs. corn syrup. Hint - one will most likely be repulsive.

                    Along that line, I have to chuckle over the uproar of "New" Coke many years ago. Does anyone really believe today's "classic" Coke is anything like they produced 30-40+ years ago?

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                      Kate is always hungry Sep 24, 2013 10:34 PM

                      LOL Occasionally, I taste a Coke that tastes like the Cokes of my youth. Back in the day when it routinely came in 6 or 12 ounce bottles it had a distinct taste. Now, I get that taste occasionally. I've found about 4 kinds of Cokes: Coca-Cola; tea Cokes; Bourbon Cokes; and, mystery Cokes.

                2. girloftheworld Sep 7, 2013 10:15 AM

                  my mom is a cola freak and her favourite
                  Curosity Cola above all
                  Mexican Coke
                  Barton Springs Cola
                  regular coke
                  RC cola

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                    DebinIndiana Sep 7, 2013 11:38 AM

                    Hey, girl, do you know where your mom buys the Curiosity cola? I'd love to try it.

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                      girloftheworld Sep 7, 2013 04:45 PM

                      we get it at Spec's it is our big liquor store that also has gourmet cheese and knoshes...

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                        jw615 Sep 7, 2013 04:46 PM

                        I'm in OH, and I get the Curiosity Cola for my younger brother at World Market. He loves it.

                    2. mrbigshotno.1 Sep 7, 2013 02:20 PM

                      Diet RC for me!

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                        FriedClamFanatic Sep 7, 2013 02:39 PM

                        Never Ever thought I'd like a "diet" drink...but Coke Zero is incredible! All I buy now. I did note they now have a caffeine free version, but have not yet tried that.

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                          suzigirl Sep 7, 2013 02:47 PM

                          I have the caffine free in my pantry. I'll report back in a few minutes.
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                          Tastes a bit more diet than the regular. Still better than diet soda in general

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                            Jeri L Sep 9, 2013 08:27 PM

                            I think the caffeine free Coke Zero is pretty good. Coke Zero was my favorite diet cola until I tried Pepsi Max.

                          2. SWISSAIRE Sep 7, 2013 03:01 PM

                            The Coca-Cola products in South and Central America all use sugar cane sugar, rather than the HFCS found in North America.

                            The difference in taste is amazing.

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                              tastesgoodwhatisit Sep 9, 2013 08:16 PM

                              If I remember correctly, Canadian coke is also made with cane syrup.

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