I’m telling ya. The recipe is different. It tastes better here.
It turns out Coca Cola from Mexico is made with sugar cane sweetner and tastes sweeter. USA bottlers of coke switched from cane sugar in the 1980’s as costs were rising and now use corn syrup.
Love it! Love it! Love it!
Here is the ingredient comparison:
Water, high-fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine.
Carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine.
As you can see, there’s only one key difference. The American Coke uses high fructose corn syrup, which is probably one of the worst things on the planet in terms of health. The Mexican Coke uses real cane sugar, which is at least natural.
I think what I like about the flavor is there is no bitter aftertaste that we get when sugar is replaced by other junk.
And guess what. The sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup doesn’t make you tired. Just a quick little caffeine buzz. Way more healthy. 😉
Another great thing? It comes in the classic hour-glass shaped GLASS bottles. With a metal cap -it’s not even a screw off.
Apparently they don’t bother with the sweepstakes in Mexico, so the label is literally burned? etched? built right in to the glass.
Overall, this bottle kills the American Bottle.
Oh and real sugar + glass bottle will always taste better than HFCS + plastic bottle.
Being the naturally inquisitive people that we are, we started asking around…
“Hey, when you moved here did you find yourself hooked on coke?”
The answer almost always was “YES.”
We figure that it’s so dry up here in the mountains (remember, no rain since about 8 months ago) and that the fizzy kick from the soda helps quench thirst.
NOTE: As I was researching this very important topic I found that people in Texas who live near the border (and not just the little towns, one guy was up in Austin) look for the stored that sell Coke imported from Mexico. Go figure.
(Mikee just added his two cents, “Camille and I are working on cutting back on the Coca-Cola. Especially since on my recent dentist trip I found out I have 2 cavities -the first in about 20 years. Coincidence? Hmmm… Don’t think so. I wish I knew that when people warned us it’s dangerous to live in Mexico that we might become Coke addicts.”) 😉