On one of my trips to the U.K., I made some interesting culinary discoveries. It started out with a glass of milk. “Wow, this milk is really good!” Then a sandwich. “This bread is fantastic!” Then a chocolate bar. “Wow! Chocolate is so much better over here than at home!” But then I picked up a can of Coca-Cola. After tasting, all I could think was, “WHAT IS THIS?!”
I have been drinking Coca-Cola as long as I can remember, but this can of Coke was so different! It was somehow lighter and more refreshing. How could this be? I looked at the ingredient list, and there it was: Sugar. Not High Fructose Corn Syrup, but cane sugar. Don’t ask me how much Coca-Cola I consumed during that trip. I don’t want to think about it. But I came away wondering if I would ever be able to drink a U.S Coke again. The answer is: not as much as I had before. When I drink a Coke here in the States, I feel deprived of the kind of refreshment I experienced so long ago. And it makes me avoid the beverage.
Lately, there has been a trend in using cane sugar in sodas. I often wonder, “Hey Coca-Cola, what’s taking you so long?” It’s not like they don’t have the recipe. Coca-Cola, made with cane sugar is the Coca-Cola you would have had before 1985. Then came the infamous New Coke, which couldn’t even make it 3 months before you had Peter Jennings interrupting General Hospital to announce the reintroduction to the “original formula” thus bringing us Coca-Cola Classic. But it wasn’t the same thing. This reintroduction now uses HFCS instead of cane sugar. Was New Coke just a plot to confuse your taste buds so you wouldn’t taste the difference between the two sweeteners? Many say yes.
Yesterday, we were shopping at Wal-Mart. Brian had the shopping cart and was a few steps ahead of me when he heard a strange squeeky squeal coming from my direction. He turned to see what it was. I couldn’t form words to describe my excitement, all I could do was point to a small cooler advertising the product within: Coca-Cola from Mexico made with Cane Sugar.
According to Coca-Cola, there is no difference in the taste between Coke made with cane sugar and Coke made with HFCS. I disagree! I think you’ll disagree too. So hunt down some Coke from Mexico and see what you think. And Coca-Cola, if you’re reading this, you’d be wise to switch back to using cane sugar. Coca-Cola with cane sugar is awesome, having to import it is not!