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Thums Up for Indian Cola

Rather than go head to head with the marketing machines of the big boys, the Parle group sold Thums Up to Coca-Cola in 1990. The labels of the two colas might seem similar, but Coca-Cola Classic and Thums Up do actually have quite distinct flavor profiles. More

Ever Tried Peanuts in Coke?

First take a few swigs of the soda and when there seems to be enough room in the bottle, pour in a package of salted peanuts. Many dieheards insist that you've got to do this in a glass bottle, not plastic or a can, for the full effect. And sticklers will tell you definitely no Diet Coke, Coke Zero, or other brand substitutions allowed. More

Let Them Eat: Coca-Cola Cake

Junior League cookbooks have wedged themselves into my bookshelves for as long as I can remember. Most of them are yellowed and frayed, having somehow survived decades of use in family kitchens, travel, storage, and book swaps. The provenance of these books is mysterious—their prefaces bear the names of southern counties and corners I didn't know existed. More

Coca-Cola Cake

This cake is moist and rich, with a thick layer of chocolate icing. It's delicious at room temperature, but it's even better eaten warm—as soon as it cools a bit in the pan, ice it and serve with ice cream or whipped cream. More

Is $5 Too Much To Pay For a Coke?

I'm even fine with paying $5 or more for a soft drink at a super fancy restaurant where it's served to me in a real glass with ice by a professional waiter or bartender. But $5 for a Coke that I had to walk up to a counter to pick up myself, that I had to pay for immediately, that was served in a glass bottle with no cup, no ice, and not even a straw? Am I being unreasonable? More

Costco Stops Selling Coke Products

According to the Associated Press, Costco has dropped Coca-Cola products while the two companies sort through a pricing dispute. Costco says it wants lower wholesale prices so it can pass along savings to its customers. Coke is balking. But the article indicates that the dispute will likely be settled quickly. Until then, bubble up somewhere else, folks.... More

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

Weird Food-Related Collections

This is my collection of international Coke cans. (What, is that weird?) It's the kind of relic from my childhood that I forget about, now living three thousand miles from the house I grew up in, until I walk into my bedroom and realize—oh, right—one entire wall is lined with cans of Coke. The collection started when I was about nine years old. My family was flying back from the East Coast, and my older brother realized that the soda a flight attendant had brought him had a German label. That familiar Coca-Cola can—but in a different language! Awesome, I said to myself. I bought that can off him for a dollar. (My ever-entrepreneurial brother let me have nothing... More

Snapshots from Iceland: Wall of Coca-Cola

I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. This week I'll share some food-related bits with you. Aluminum, plastic, and glass; it's all here. The 24-hour supermarket 10-11 in downtown Reykjavik is a small shop—perhaps the size of a 7-11—but seemed to devote a disproportionately large area of refrigerator space to Coca-Cola. A bit of googling tells me that Iceland and Mexico have the highest consumption rates of Coca-Cola per capita. (Iceland doesn't appear on it, but Coca-Cola has this handy website with per capita consumption data.) One of my travel partners insisted that Icelandic Coke tasted better than... More

'Coca-Cola Classic' Changing Name Back to 'Coca-Cola'

Coca-Cola has announced that it's dropping the "Classic" label from its name in the U.S. The extra bit was added to the original formula's packaging in 1985, when the company introduced the poorly received "New Coke" line. Says Ad Age: But the word has gradually outlived its usefulness as the company has sought an increasingly global approach. The popular "Coke side of life" and new "Open happiness" campaigns have not used the word. "Classic" would have been used only in advertising specific to North America, said Scott Williamson, a Coca-Cola spokesman. Of course, we wouldn't mind if they went really old school and brought back the formula that uses cane sugar instead of HFCS as a sweetener. Related In Videos:... More

In Videos: New Coke Ads

One involves a contagious yawn in a bizarro animated world inside the vending machine. The other, in a library where a pair of flirts exchange fluids in the form of Coke sketches on their arms. Both weird, but moderately captivating. The videos, after the jump.... More

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