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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:

American Coke

Water, high-fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine.

Mexican Coke

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.”) 😉


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  • Ellice May 3, 2011, 6:01 pm

    I am TOTALLY with you on this one. I actually started CRAVING it!!!! The sugar cane plus the glass bottle makes it totally awesome! And addictive!!!

    • admin May 3, 2011, 9:09 pm

      we know what to bring you and chad when we sneak back across the border to nc. 😉

  • Amanda May 3, 2011, 7:05 pm

    Camille I’m with ya !! Here in LA we can get Mexican coke at the Mexican markets
    . It’s not cheap…about $25 for a case of 12, but it’s a fun treat. Love the bottles !!!

    • admin May 3, 2011, 9:08 pm

      thanks amanda. that sounds like a fun treat.

  • Katelyn Rapoza May 3, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I have to tell you that Coca-Cola makes brings happiness to me!!! My family and I just visited the World of Coke in Atlanta, GA two weeks ago!! I loved reading your post since we just toured how Coke is actually made/produced here in the US. I have to say that I love the bottles you get in Mexico, however, if you visit Coca-Cola in GA you receive your very own special edition bottle….and I have to tell you I don’t think I’ll ever open mine because it can’t be bought anywhere else. When you come back to the US for a visit, you need to stop at the World of Coke in Atlanta and check it out!! We loved touring the place and got to taste many Coca-Cola products from around the world! Please give my best to India!!!

    • admin May 3, 2011, 9:07 pm

      that sounds so cool katelyn! we visited there on one of our georgia trips too. india will be so excited to see your comment. she has a post she’s been working on so you should see that very soon. 🙂

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  • Lori Borys May 20, 2011, 11:33 am

    I rarely drink soda anymore but this has me longing for a real old school coke… and I guess I will have to go to Mexico to get it.

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