'Diet Coke' on Serious Eats

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 92: What Happened to Caffeine-Free Diet Coke?

"Are the Coke folks trying to confuse us as they phase out Caffeine-Free Diet Coke?" [Photograph: dietcoke.com] Though I have for the most part weaned myself off diet sodas, every once in awhile I get a serious hankering for a cold, crisp, ever-so-satisfying 20-ounce bottles of either Fresca or Caffeine-Free Diet Coke. Is it just wishful thinking on my part, or is Fresca making a comeback? On two Delta flights this past weekend the flight attendants came down the aisle offering Fresca as one of the soft drink options. Thank you, Delta! But even though Delta is based in Atlanta, Coke's corporate home (Fresca is also a Coke brand), Caffeine-Free Diet Coke was not being offered. And maybe it's just... More

In Videos: 'Tom Colicchio on Taste' Diet Coke Commercial

Last night, Diet Coke aired a new commercial starring Tom Colicchio. In it the restaurateur and Top Chef judge rolls his eyes at tall food, at plates artfully dressed with sauces, and at shrimp and beets skewered on a complicated arrangement of wires—all to highlight the "good taste" of the soft drink. More

In Videos: Diet Coke and Mentos in Zero Gravity

Even if gravitational pull concepts go over your head, this video is pretty mesmerizing. (The enchanting background song by Camille Saint-Saëns may have something to do with it too.) Under normal gravity conditions, Diet Coke bubbles form around Mentos and rise up through the soda to create a powerful stream of bubbles, with lots of soda touching the candy. However, in microgravity, there is no "up." Bubbles that form just stay near the Mento and inhibit more cola from touching it. It's nice to know that a team of scientists are working on "Menticular" effects on soda pop in space. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Why Mentos and Diet Coke Create Fountains

Rough surface: One of the reasons why Mentos, magnified here, are fountain-makers. What really makes Mentos and Diet Coke form those fizzy fountains we love to watch on YouTube? Until recently, explanations were mere conjecture. But a physicist at Appalachian State University in North Carolina set her students on the trail. What they found: Diet Coke works best, even though other fizzy liquids were tested Caffeine does not accelerate the reaction, as had been theorized It is not a simple acid-base reaction, as had also been speculated What's happening, said the physicist, Tonya Coffey, is that Mentos are an ideal shape, texture, and weight to encourage carbon dioxide bubbles to form in the Diet Coke bottles.... More

'Diet Coke Plus with vitamins indeed! What will be next, Absolut-Plus?'

I'll admit it. I drink lots of Diet Coke, until I feel like it's rotting my insides. Then I take a break and switch to an all-Snapple regimen. That said, I almost bought a bottle of Diet Coke Plus (supplemented with vitamins and minerals) this past Saturday, but then I decided that it was just about the silliest idea ever. Bob Morris in the New York Times agreed with me. How about the rest of you Diet Coke addicts? Do you think those vitamins and minerals will save your stomach lining?... More

Diet Coke Plus, Yay or Nay?

Over at beverage blog supreme The Knowlege For Thirst, Kfan just gave the new Diet Coke Plus a most curious review. If you haven't heard of it yet, it's a version of Diet Coke that's both sweetened with a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium and fortified with vitamins and minerals. A healthy(-ish) soft drink? Say it ain't so! Have you spotted Diet Coke Plus in your area? Diet Coke addicts, what do you make of it? I'm one of those people who find all artificial sweeteners vile and will not touch diet sodas, but I'm still curious about what it tastes like.... More

Why Do Diet Sodas Taste Like Crap?

Why do diet sodas taste like crap? Ed and Alaina both love Diet Coke but I think it's pretty nasty, it's got to be the regular stuff for me, and preferably from a glass bottle or can. Scientists from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign say people like me say we don't like diet sodas because of the chemicals, but the real reason we don't like them is because the high-fructose corn syrup in regular sodas give them a better mouth-feel. I know they've done a study, but still: I call bullshit! Anyone who's ever had a Coke from outside the US or Passover Coke knows that real sugar is where it's at—you get a superior mouth-feel while drinking, and the... More

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