(Nerd) Lunch Special: Kosher Coke

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(Nerd) Lunch Special: Kosher Coke

My last foray into specialty/vintage pop was underwhelming, but I decided to give it another go. In conjunction with Passover each year, Coca Cola releases Kosher for Passover versions of Coke and Diet Coke that are made with sugar instead of corn syrup. The Chicago area has one of the larger Jewish populations in the United States, so I took advantage of my location to search out some of the celebrated drink.


Now, that's Kosher

My first stop had sold out of regular and only had Diet Coke in the Kosher version. I worried that maybe I had procrastinated too long, but he shelves at the second store I visited had rows and rows of the yellow capped bottles. A yellow cap indicates the Kosher product and bears the mark of the certifying organization. In my case the bottle cap bore the cRc triangle mark of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Checking the ingredients confirmed that this Coke was made with sugar. One checkout line and two dollars later, it was time for the pause that refreshes.


Sucrose means sugar!My expectations were rather low after my Mountain Dew Throwback experience, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Kosher Coke seemed to be slightly less sweet, more complex in flavor, and smoother drinking than standard Coca-Cola. The differences were subtle, though positive all around in my opinion. In contrast, our buddy Paxton Holley (if you’re not reading Cavalcade of Awesome, you should be) wrote up a comparison back in 2008 and preferred the corn syrup version. I plan to pick up some Kosher Coke again next year, but the disparity isn’t enough for me to build up an annual stockpile as some rabid fans do.

By | 2017-03-17T02:54:10+00:00 April 30th, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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  1. Jeeg February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    You two have to meet at some greasy spoon along I-10. Do it for me!

  2. Paxton February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    So it'll be EPIC, is what you are saying?

  3. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Paxton! If the trip to Tallahassee doesn't work out, we'll have to arrange a meeting at a halfway point sometime this summer. I envision us solving a mystery together. It'll bea great crossover. Just like the time Simon & Simon were on Magnum, PI.

  4. Paxton February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out, my friends. I agree the taste is subtle but different. I like Kosher Coke, I just prefer the HFCS Coke.

    FYI…I still haven't found Kosher Pepsi. It's like my Moby Dick. I've become obsessed with it.

    Oh, by the way, CT, I've totally been trying to work a trip to Tallahassee. Things just haven't been falling into place for me. What with the baby and I was sick pretty much the entirety of last week. I'm really trying. Honest.

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