Mexican Coke vs. Corn Syrup Coke

An interesting take on the differences between Mexican Coke and the swill we drink here in the States:

Joyeur: Mexican Coke

I first tried Coke made with real cane sugar a few years ago while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. The difference wasn’t merely perceptible, it was shocking. The first few sips were more unsettling than pleasing, producing a dichotomous sensation of “this tastes like Coke/this does not taste like Coke” at the same time. By the end of the first bottle, though, I wanted more. The only thing that kept me from rotting away all my teeth during that week was that our resort’s “free beverages” policy also included beer.

For Coca Cola to claim these two beverages are the “same” even though they use entirely different sweeteners is preposterous. It’s not like sweetener is just a trace element in the Coke recipe—they’re second only to carbonated water in the ingredients list.

But Mexicans miss out on the syrupy aftertaste!

5 thoughts on “Mexican Coke vs. Corn Syrup Coke”

  1. So go to Cub’s lame “International” aisle and pick up the glass bottles of Coke they have there. You’ll pay more but at least those have cane sugar. That’s pretty much the only place that you can get Coke the way it’s had in much of the rest of the world.

    I miss drinking Coke. Caffeine free Coke with corn-syrup just isn’t the same 🙁

  2. Hey, Cannonball is in Meh-hee-ko as I type… perhaps he should drive a truckload back to Mpls.?

  3. Most Coca-Cola in the world is made of real sugar and not the American Farm Lobby’s precious “high fructose corn syrup.”

    As you said, the difference is startling.

  4. While not a Coke product, Jarritos sodas are cane sugar based. It’s a weird finish compared to the syrup I’ve grown used to, but I dig it.

    Bill, I thought the point of Coke was caffeine delivery.

    Fritts, I think our Mexican correspondents will come up with some gems.

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