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Mexican Coke

Can anyone send me some Mexican Coke at a reasonable price?

You know, I guess what I don't get is this: why doesn't Coke sell "cane sugar" Coke themselves? They could sell it for 2x the price or something and then everyone would be happy. What's stopping them from doing that? Why not? Or 3x the price if they want a different spot on the supply/demand curve. Seriously.

20 Responses to "Mexican Coke"

  1. They sell it in the Costco here... I actually have been meaning to pick some up, but I won't drink the whole flat-- wanna split it?

    That said, I'll ship it to you at cost...

  2. Our CostCo has it in stock. I don't think they call it "Mexican Coke" :), but it is in bottles and uses cane sugar. Probably because I live in the Hispanic-rich Pacific Northwest. I'd send you some for the cost of the Coke and shipping, but given the weight of the stuff, I don't know if that will qualify as reasonable. I'm trying to remember how much the Coke was, I think it was $20 for 24.

  3. Nathan, still interested. You can ship some heavy things via UPS Ground pretty cheaply, I think. Email me?

    Ben, reply sent.

  4. I've been thinking about trying to find some Mexican Coca-Cola for a while, but never got around to it. As it happens, the store in that article is less than 10 miles from my house. I will have to check it out.

    Thanks for the tip.

  5. Hmm, reading the whole article, mine probably isn't imported from Mexico, but produced by the local bottler. It mentions that some bottlers produce a cane sugar version for Passover and I would guess they do something similar here to accommodate our huge Latin American population. I'm not sure what the difference would be, I assume the cane sugar recipe is the same, but I guess it doesn't qualify as "Mexican Coke." I'm sure someone around here sells authentic Mexican Coke, but I don't know where offhand, if the difference is important to you.

  6. Not sure where you live, but the Costco stores up here in the Seattle area carry 36-bottle cases for about $20. Not too bad if you ask me.

  7. See if any local retail stores sell Passover Coke - it's made with real sugar. Only available for a limited time before Passover. You can identify it by the yellow cap on the 2-liter bottle.

  8. I moved to Sweden and the coke is great with real sugar. I used to work next door to a Mexican food store in a strip mall and would always get coke with real sugar from them.

  9. Galco's Soda Pop Stop has 12 ounce bottles in stock: http://www.sodapopstop.com/products/detail.cfm?link=36

    Shipping will be rather expensive.

    I've seen it cheaper in other local stores (Galco's is a specialty store, so they price accordingly) but I'm not willing to ship it for you, sorry.

    This time of year you should keep an eye out for the "Kosher for Passover" Coca-Cola, if it's available in your area. Look for a yellow cap on the 2 liter bottles. (They're yellow if they're made with sugar, in southern CA at least.)

  10. It's not really Mexican Coke.

    The only Coke that I know of that is sweetened with corn syrup is American Coke.

    As far as I know the rest of the world drinks real coke sweetened with sugar.

    I hear this is related to corn subsidies in America making corn a much cheaper alternative to sugar.

  11. I don't live near a Costco's, unfortunately. I think with Ben and Nathan, I might be set. Thanks, everyone.

    Ben said on April 16, 2008:

    As far as I know the rest of the world drinks real coke sweetened with sugar.

    Well I can see Canada from where I live, but I think they still get the same corn syrup Coke as we do in the states.

  12. I sent you an e-mail. The stuff at CostCo is made in Mexico and it's $18 for a 24 pack. I guess "[Coke spokesman Mart] Martin declined to specify what action the company has taken to curb the gray market trade of Mexican Coke" because they haven't taken any.

  13. Not only subsidies of corn, but the government also keeps domestically produced prices artificially high and there are huge tariffs on importing sugar. I did a bunch of browsing on sugar and sugar alternatives, like stevia (interesting story). I can't remember where I read everything, but the Wikipedia article on high fructose corn syrup was informative. So is this chart:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Usda_sweeteners.jpg

    It is amazing how much industry lobbies even affect things as basic as sugar.

  14. Wow - I must find a source for this stuff too!

    But around here (NC) that shouldn't be much of a problem - we have a HUGE Mexican population around here... I'll just ask the next time I hit a Mexican restaurant.

    Thanks for posting!! Ever since "New Coke," I have missed the sugar version. Today's "original formula" is anything but - that corn syrup isn't the same.

  15. Ooh, I remember going to a friend's house and all they had was Coke...it tasted terrible. After a couple more cans of that, I resolved never to drink Coke again.

    Chalked it up to having a Pepsi every day of high school, but that never seemed right.

    Thanks for the tip, I'll see if I can find some of this stuff here. Is the only indicator the yellow cap, or is the ingredients list/nutrition information any different?

  16. Hoard the kosher passover coke while you can. It is widely available usually in markets that may not have many celebrating passover. But Coke distributors tend to be more constrained by time windows, its all about marketing to event.

    Coke is playing around more with marketing the corn syrup slop in glass bottles again too, so be careful.

  17. Canadian coke is indeed made with real sugar (glucose/fructose) instead of corn syrup. Only in the US is Coke made with corn syrup.

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  19. Pepsi is apparently going to be releasing sugar-cane soda in the U.S. soon.

    C'mon, Coke...

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