Vanilla Coke?!?
April 2, 2002 3:58 AM   Subscribe

Vanilla Coke?!? Say it ain't so...
posted by Miyagi (75 comments total)
Hey.. Vanilla Coke is *good*! There's an old-fashioned soda fountain place around here where you can get it. Back in the day, you used to be able to get Coke of all sorts of flavors, and Vanilla is one of the better ones.
posted by jozxyqk at 4:10 AM on April 2, 2002

the Waffle Houses down here will give you a squirt of vanilla flavoring for a little extra too.

Don't tell me you people never heard of vanilla cokes. Y'all been hiding under rocks for the last 50 years or something? Yeesh!
posted by bunnyfire at 4:25 AM on April 2, 2002

Vanilla Coke rocks. I get it at soda fountains whenever I can anyway, so let's hope this pre-flavored version matches up in quality.
posted by ChrisTN at 4:27 AM on April 2, 2002

posted by y2karl at 4:31 AM on April 2, 2002

Though I don't think I've been to a Waffle House, I have heard of vanilla (or other syrups) being added to a Coke. I am just always surprised when Coke goes messing with a good thing for $$$ - like Diet Coke with Lemon, blech. I know some folks like it, but it tastes like lemon furniture polish or something...It shouldn't surprise me, though.
posted by Miyagi at 4:33 AM on April 2, 2002

Oops - it was already posted about here...My bad.
posted by Miyagi at 4:34 AM on April 2, 2002

It's coke, just sweeter.

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posted by Settle at 4:58 AM on April 2, 2002

Mmmm, vanilla Coke sounds good. Better than the lemon-Pepsi nasty stuff anyway.

My homebrew version is to mix Cuarenta y Tres liqueur (43) with Coke. It really DOES taste like vanilla Coke (you can't taste the alcohol) and a few will smash you sweetly.

Almost-instant panty remover.
posted by Melinika at 5:05 AM on April 2, 2002

At the McDonald's drive through this morning, the staff somehow managed to get coffee grounds in my diet coke. It was pretty tasty. I'm just sayin'.
posted by anapestic at 5:11 AM on April 2, 2002

"I'll have a coke please"

"You want diet, cherry or regular?"

"Just the plain-old regular vanilla..."

"Oh, you mean this one?"

"What one?"

And so the long day wears on...
posted by vbfg at 5:21 AM on April 2, 2002

Never follow-up stories dated 1st April, even if it's the second...
posted by vbfg at 5:22 AM on April 2, 2002

Jones Soda has been selling their Vanilla Cola for awhile. Tasty... And probably easier to get (in Canada at least) than Vanilla Coke.
posted by ODiV at 5:28 AM on April 2, 2002

Vanilla Coke rocks my world. I still ask for it in every Friday's or other goofy restaurant I go in, sometimes they have it. If they do start pushing it in the stores, it will be the best soda ever since Vernor's ginger ale.
posted by adampsyche at 5:29 AM on April 2, 2002

For thems what know, what's the difference in taste between vanilla coke and cream soda?
posted by MonkeyMeat at 5:41 AM on April 2, 2002

Vanilla Coke is wonderful, I will be all over this when it comes out. (And a handy tip of pregnant moms with that nasty 2nd/3rd trimester alcohol craving, a caffeine free Cocola with a dash of alcohol-free vanilla extract tastes remarkably like a Coke and Spiced Rum. Mmmmmmmm.)
posted by headspace at 5:41 AM on April 2, 2002

I've been getting vanilla syrup at the grocery store for a while to add to my coke at home (it also makes a very tasty rum&coke....). Vanilla extract does NOT cut it for me though, it has to be the syrup! I'm all for them coming out with an official Vanilla Coke, as long as they have a diet version (gotta keep off those calories!)
posted by LuxFX at 6:00 AM on April 2, 2002

Cream soda is cream soda. Vanilla Coke is regular Coke with a splash of vanilla flavor.


(actually for a bit of Southern weirdness, we locals still put peanuts in our pepsi-colas an accompaniment to moon pie consumption...but that is definitely a local custom- I doubt you will see Peanut Pepsi on the shelves any time this millenium, at least....)
posted by bunnyfire at 6:15 AM on April 2, 2002

I spent a while as a professional soda jerk (nothing like being a jerk for money) -- and vanilla cokes were my absolute favorite part of the job.

The very complex recipe goes like this:
  1. Grab fancy old-fashioned soda glass
  2. Put in two squirts of coke syrup
  3. And then one squirt of vanilla syrup. It's the same syrup you'd use for a real vanilla malt (or a shake, unless you're from New England in which case it's a frappe). It's thick and gooey caramel-colored stuff.
  4. Fill the glass the rest of the way with soda water
  5. Stir
  6. Serve with panache.
Voila. Vanilla coke.
posted by terceiro at 6:28 AM on April 2, 2002

VANILLA COKE BE GONE. I want to slam some of that Cherry 7up - bring it back. We had it briefly for one summer in my country but then it went away.
posted by FidelDonson at 6:40 AM on April 2, 2002

I drink "Cherry Vanilla Dr. Peppers", a dash of vanilla syrup in a glass of DP with a cherry dropped in, stir. Good stuff.
posted by bjgeiger at 6:48 AM on April 2, 2002

I won't be happy until Coke releases or until Pepsi re-releases a crystal clear variety.
posted by banished at 7:04 AM on April 2, 2002

heh, I know the guy that came up with crystal was better before van halen started selling it.
posted by Mick at 7:21 AM on April 2, 2002

Vanilla Coke is good at a soda fountain... we'll see what the pre-bottled variety tastes like. But you know what tastes like ass? That new Mountain Dew Code Red. Ick!
posted by spilon at 7:28 AM on April 2, 2002

I used to make cherry cokes with grenadine syrup all the time, then the pre-bottled Cherry Coke came out. I was hoping it would taste the same, but it was just a pale imitation of the real thing.
posted by Potsy at 7:38 AM on April 2, 2002

I like vanilla Cike, too and I don't even like coke. I used to love getting them at this joint in New Haven. It's not like they're doing another "New Coke" type move, it's just a brand extension.
posted by jonmc at 7:52 AM on April 2, 2002

It's coke, just sweeter.

It's like Pepsi then?
posted by lucien at 8:02 AM on April 2, 2002

Crystal Pepsi... heh...

I have a friend who occasionally is the production manager for a summer community theater and concert venue here in Cleveland. One thing she's in charge of is taking care of the riders for the bands that come through during the season. About two or three years ago, Heart came through, and they still had Crystal Pepsi on their rider. She actually went all around town, trying to find someone with that last sixer of the stuff. :-)
posted by starvingartist at 8:04 AM on April 2, 2002

Vanilla cokes are great! Don't knock it til you've tried it. What I don't get is they've been in diners for a long time now, why is Coke only getting around to making them now?
posted by harrycaul at 8:06 AM on April 2, 2002

Code Red is past husband just started running a few vending machines on the side for some extra dinero. Code Red does not sell. When we tasted it, we figured out why. Only my redheaded daughter likes it. But she drinks Dr. Pepper, so there's no accounting for HER tastes.
posted by bunnyfire at 8:07 AM on April 2, 2002

Code Red is past husband just started running a few vending machines on the side for some extra dinero. Code Red does not sell. When we tasted it, we figured out why. Only my redheaded daughter likes it. But she drinks Dr. Pepper, so there's no accounting for HER tastes.
posted by bunnyfire at 8:07 AM on April 2, 2002

The best stuff anywhere is....


No, wait.... read me out here. This time of year is special for Coca Cola. You see, there is this thing called passover, and during passover you can't have any leaven (yeast). Because corn syrup is stored as a liquid, it is possible for yeast to get into it and cause fermentation. So, you can't make CocaCola Kosher for Passover with corn syrup.

They have to use cane sugar.

That's right -- OLD formula Coke. It's like a major blast from the past. It foams up like a stout beer, is more acrid than anything else on the market, and mixes with ice-cream in a beautiful way. Most caps will be different (often yellow) with an OU-P (Orthodox Union - Passover) stamped somewhere on the top.

Go forth, before they're all gone....
posted by dwivian at 8:16 AM on April 2, 2002

bunny, I like Code Red, it's got the massive caffeine I need, plus it dosen't have regular Mountain Dew's urine sample coloring. Although, for sheer amphetamic buzz fuel is hard top this stuff. Yum.
posted by jonmc at 8:26 AM on April 2, 2002

If you like Vanilla Coke (or if you Northerners want to try it), Vanilla Stoli & Coke is the pretty much the same drink, but alcoholic.
posted by jennak at 8:28 AM on April 2, 2002

I used to make cherry cokes with grenadine syrup all the time, then the pre-bottled Cherry Coke came out

I found, by accident, that rum & Cherry Coke make a nice change from the standard rum & Coke. You have to double the amount of fresh lime, this helps cut the extra sweetness.

OLD formula Coke

I've had Cokes in other parts of the world - Mexico & the Caribbean, for example - where the cost of sugar isn't government supported as it is in the US. They use sugar because it's cheaper than corn syrup. There are quite small markets here in Miami that sell this "imported" Coke. I haven't noticed much of a difference, but I've never done a side-by-side comparison.
posted by groundhog at 8:34 AM on April 2, 2002

Yeesh. I meant "quite a few small markets".

Although some of them are, in fact, quite small.
posted by groundhog at 8:38 AM on April 2, 2002

I used to be hooked on Pepsi Kona. Will they ever bring it back?
As for vanilla Coke, it sounds good to me.
posted by Werd7 at 8:43 AM on April 2, 2002

Ice, Ice Baby
posted by geist at 8:43 AM on April 2, 2002

You DO know that Mountain Dew (and Mello Yello) are addictive ...I know several people who are serious addicts. One friend of mine just about had a cow when we were in Thailand....we could get Pepsi anywhere (even obscure little Northern Thai villages) but not a Mountain Dew or Mello Yellow to be found. She was a mess for two weeks. Ha!
I on the other hand felt at home, since they also had pork skins.
posted by bunnyfire at 8:43 AM on April 2, 2002

There are seven kinds of Coke
Five hundred kinds of cigarettes
This freedom of choice in the USA
Drives everyone crazy.

I kind of get the feeling that Coke gets bored every now and then. How else to explain the New Coke phenomenon? And ads with Polar Bears sucking down an icy Coke? Do these guys need more mindshare?

Anyway, good on them for vanilla coke. I give it about a year though.

Mountain Dew (and Mello Yello) are addictive

Hooey. Caffeine maybe and sugar definitely but not the drinks themselves.
posted by Kafkaesque at 8:50 AM on April 2, 2002

Anyone remember New Coke? Ha, that lasted a long time, not.

About regional coke variations, I have to agree. Because of our thieving government, many shopkeepers in the UK import their Coca Cola. I've drunk a lot of Arabic coke (the can was in Arabic) and French coke (quite common here) and yes, it tastes different (better) than regular UK coke.

Why? I've no idea.
posted by wackybrit at 8:55 AM on April 2, 2002

Mello Yello! We don't have those in the Northeast anymore, although my girlfreind says that when she was about 13 the Mello Yello van was driving thru her neighborhood and her and her girlfreind got to try free samples.
One of the very few nice things about my time in Miami(sorry groundhog) was that I could drink Mello Yello again, not to mention Big Red.
posted by jonmc at 9:07 AM on April 2, 2002

If you're wondering about the brand-extension bit, you can learn all about Coke's current strategy in an excellent Sunday New York Times Magazine article from two weeks ago, wonderfully titled I'd Like To Buy The World a Shelf-Stable Children's Lactic Drink. It'll cost you a buck or two to read but if you're interested in the subject it's probably worth it (or at least worth a trip to your local library).

Me, I love vanilla Cokes, too. I order them whenever I eat at a Friday's. They are sweet like a cream soda but still cola-y. Not for those who dislike sugar.
posted by werty at 9:16 AM on April 2, 2002

Mellow Yellow not addictive?

Well, just don't get between it and my addict friends, that's all I have to say about it. I'd rather take cigarettes away from a smoker, myself.
posted by bunnyfire at 9:18 AM on April 2, 2002

Mmm Code Red. I buy it for my son and then drink it all myself. It tastes like Tahitian Treat, or carbonated Hawaiian Punch. It's an aquired taste. Sort of like Moxie. Or Orbitz. We really love talking about pops and sodas around here, don't we?
posted by iconomy at 9:18 AM on April 2, 2002

Scrolling through this thread and seeing the word repeated so many times brought back this conversation, a variety of which would often come up in Oklahoma:

"You want a coke?"
"What kind?"
"Dr. Pepper."

Is there anywhere else in the country that "Coke" is used as the generic term for "soft dirnk"?
posted by yhbc at 9:27 AM on April 2, 2002

Dairy Queen and Sonic have been serving Vanilla Coke for years. Try a vanilla Dr Pepper, yum.

Has anyone tried a Chocolate (syrup) Coke? It's an aquired taste, not mine but some of my friends love it.

You know there aren't many mixed drinks for Dr. Pepper. My creation is mixing Doc McGilicuddy's Peppermint Schapps with Dr Pepper.

mmmm Dr. Peppermint.

posted by lheiskell at 9:30 AM on April 2, 2002

Is there anywhere else in the country that "Coke" is used as the generic term for "soft drink"?

Yep: check out the cool (Java) map here.
posted by maudlin at 9:46 AM on April 2, 2002

yhbc, some people talk like that in Kansas too, using "coke" as a sort of synonym for "soft drink" in general. Must be a midwest thing.
posted by bingo at 9:46 AM on April 2, 2002

Well, I'll be. maudlin's way cool applet tells me that saying "coke" in this way is indeed a southern thing - but that there's one guy apparently out on Newfoundland who says it too. Must be a transplant. Thanks!
posted by yhbc at 10:04 AM on April 2, 2002

vanilla cocaine.
posted by Satapher at 10:16 AM on April 2, 2002

Ooh. I hope there'll be a vanilla Diet Coke. Curse you, diabetes!
posted by Foosnark at 10:19 AM on April 2, 2002

Coke should just launch Thums Up worldwide. It'll give people a good cola, and then they can go around messing with Coke as much as they want, not many will care.
posted by riffola at 10:27 AM on April 2, 2002

dwivian, dude! Classic kosher Coke, who'd a-thunk it? Not me...(D'oh!) I'm going to high tail it down to that kosher deli in the Market. Of course, they'll probably only have that Dr. Brown's soda there: OK cream soda but that Cel-Ray tonic, eeyew... Well, if not, there, then on to Beacon Hill and scour the Mom 'n Pops over there in the vale of the sephardim. Hey, you da mensch in this thread! I am so grateful.
posted by y2karl at 10:32 AM on April 2, 2002

Is there anywhere else in the country that "Coke" is used as the generic term for "soft drink"?

That's a southern thang.

Also interesting (well, to me anyway) is the geographic distribution of "pop" versus "soda". I've heard pop used all over the midwest, but if you offer someone a pop in Florida (and, I'm guessing, the rest of the east coast as well?) you usually get a "whaaa???"
posted by groundhog at 11:15 AM on April 2, 2002

Oops! I missed maudlin's cool link above. Confirms my observations.
posted by groundhog at 11:28 AM on April 2, 2002

Vanilla Cokes rule. I remember going to the lunch counter at Woolworth's (which was one of the last ones in the country to close, and did so just a few years ago) and having vanilla cokes.

Last year, I tried a chocolate and cherry Coke, interesting, but not something I'd do every day.

And next time I go the store, I'm going to look for baby Cokes, the 8-pack of 8-oz (it might be 10, I can't remember) in the glass, return-for-deposit bottles. Those are the ultimate Cokes for pouring your Tom's or Lance's salted peanuts into. One of the best places online for ordering offbeat soda is here.

No luck this year with kosher-for-Passover Coke, though.
posted by ebarker at 12:18 PM on April 2, 2002

ebarker: meaning none was made, or you can't find any? Does Passover Coke (which contains sugar instead of impermissble corn syrup) taste like the Old Real Thing?

Separately, I distinctly recall drinking a lemony cola in the New York area in the late 1970's. Anybody recall what it was?
posted by ParisParamus at 12:48 PM on April 2, 2002

More coke nostalgia, from the days of returnable bottles - anyone ever play "going the distance"? The bottom of the bottle was always stamped with the bottling plant. Whoever had the bottle from the most faraway location won the bet.

As a kid, used to make extra change turning in discarded bottles for the deposit. 2 cents a pop!

ebarker, they used to come in 7-oz bottles. No wonder everyone's so fat nowadays, everything is either 12 or 16 oz. Alas, we live in a non-returnable biggie-jumbo-supersized world.
posted by groundhog at 2:11 PM on April 2, 2002

I can't find any in my town this year, but I'm sure some's around. And it does taste like the Old Real Thing. The closest to it now is the kind in the little 8-oz glass bottles - something in the packaging makes it taste better. I have actually gone far enough as to conduct blind taste tests.

And I used to put a squeeze of lemon or lime in Diet Coke before it started getting packaged that way.

Wasn't there a Pepsi (maybe Pepsi Light) that had a splash of lemon it about that time?
posted by ebarker at 2:34 PM on April 2, 2002

Yeah, Pepsi Light was the name.
posted by kindall at 3:09 PM on April 2, 2002

To the best of my understanding, Canada has Coca-Cola with sugar in it year-round. Whenever we make the trip from Seattle to Vancouver, me and my friends always pick up an obscene amount of it.
posted by webmutant at 3:18 PM on April 2, 2002

There was also Pepsi Free. E.g. in Back to the Future: "Give me a Pepsi Free." "If you want a Pepsi, you gotta pay for it."
posted by bingo at 3:46 PM on April 2, 2002

Smirnoff Vanilla Twist and Coke. Yummy!
posted by DakotaPaul at 5:34 PM on April 2, 2002

and then god said not to eat corn syrup.

probably because you are lazy and fat.
posted by Satapher at 6:37 PM on April 2, 2002

I always thought that was "Gimme a TAB" / "You haven't ordered anything yet"...
posted by shepd at 8:02 PM on April 2, 2002

Pepsi Free was just a diet cola, it didn't have any lemon in it.
posted by kindall at 8:12 PM on April 2, 2002

This reminds me of a culture clash I witnessed when I was a young teenager. I was living in a small town in Arkansas when a family fresh out of New Hampshire moved into the house next door. I became good friends with one of their kids who was my age. Anyway, one day we walked to the nearby Piggly Wiggly and my friend asked the cashier where the "tonic" was. Nobody in the store could understand what he was asking.
posted by ArkIlloid at 8:47 PM on April 2, 2002

kosher coke tastes like the old real thing (verified against a stash of the old real thing before it could go bad). You can occasionally find it in Mexican Food stores as a mexican import (not kosher, but made with cane sugar). Check out the label and be sure it isn't in english....

We have extra here in Atlanta (Kroger carries it each year in high quantity), but I don't know what shipping a 2-litre will cost....
posted by dwivian at 8:52 PM on April 2, 2002

I've never seen Kosher Coke sold anywhere in San Francisco. In fact, the soda variety around here is pitiful. You need to drive a long way before you can get anything beyond your typical Coke/Pepsi selection.

And I personally haven't seen Tab in years. Do they still bottle it?
posted by Down10 at 9:50 PM on April 2, 2002

Canadian Coke no longer seems to be consistently made with sugar. I have been disappointed with "Coke Classique" lately.

Down10, Tab is indeed still available, in the Seattle-area, anyway. It might be up to bottler discretion whether to offer it or not. I saw some just this week at Top Foods in Crossroads. But who would drink that crap?

The major noticeable difference between the real sugar Coke and the crappy corn-syrup Coke is the bite. Oh, the bite. Real sugar BURNS. It is wonderful. Unfortunately, here in Seattle the Kosher for Passover Coke is scarce. QFCs near Jewish neighborhoods "import" it from Chicago, but it sells out rapidly. I didn't get any this year and I am mourning.

Imported Mexican coke often isn't very good; I think it's because we aren't getting it fresh enough. Coke syrup flavor starts to deteriorate 2 weeks after bottling. After that it's still drinkable, but has that weird slightly-off flavor.

Pepsi Light was originally wonderful stuff. It wasn't fully diet -- it had about 50-60 calories and that citrus flavor. (This may have been a test-marketed variation.) It didn't taste nasty like diet pop. (POP. I am a Seattleite. Real Seattleites call it POP.) Then after a while they made it 0 calories and it tasted crappy like all the other diet pops.
posted by litlnemo at 11:53 PM on April 2, 2002

bunny, I like Code Red, it's got the massive caffeine I need, plus it dosen't have regular Mountain Dew's urine sample coloring. Although, for sheer amphetamic buzz fuel is hard top this stuff. Yum.

Psssh, a can of that only has 60% the caffeine of one Vivarin tablet. They cost about $4 for a pack of 16. More buzz for your buck.

You know there aren't many mixed drinks for Dr. Pepper. My creation is mixing Doc McGilicuddy's Peppermint Schapps with Dr Pepper.

SoCo and Dr. Pepper ain't bad either.
posted by rorycberger at 12:14 AM on April 3, 2002

Here in Brazil, I think that our Coke is all cane sugar, but I'll have to check it out (anyway, it burns when you are drinking it, as litlnemo pointed out). People usually think that a Coke is a Coke and whenever I tell people that a can of Coke tastes different than a bottle of it, they think that I'm nuts.

Well, as a highly addicted one (to the point that some nights, if there wasn't a bottle of Coke in the refrigerator I'd call for a pizza just to get the Coke bottle), I can tell when they change the flavor slightly.

I don't drink Pepsi, if I can avoid it. But I have a funny story about Mountain Dew. My state (Rio Grande do Sul), 20 years ago, was probably the only region of this country where Pepsi would sell more than Coca-Cola (due to a very old tradition of agressive marketing tactics from the guy who owned the Pepsi franchise here). So, when Pepsi considered selling any new soft drink in Brazil, they would pick us as their test market. And they did that with Mountain Dew. It turns out that it was a failure and it never made it to the rest of the country. Last week, they've reported that Mountain Dew will be available again (nation-wide distribution). Nobody seems to recall it from the early 80s, except for a lot of people from my state, all in their late 20s and early 30s, who actually enjoyed the drink a lot.

Although Coca-Cola is the number one selling soft drink in Brazil, we have our national soft drink (as far as I know, it's an exclusive one): guaraná. Made of a small fruit from the Amazon region called... you guess... guaraná. You can find many brands of it, it seems to be the easiest soft drink to make, because all the small companies start with it. But there's a big competitor in this market and guess what: Coca-Cola put its own brand in the market and their marketing strategy was blind-tests against Guaraná Antarctica (the number one guaraná), just like those old Pepsi Challenges. A friend of mine from Richmond told me you can find guaraná in some stores, but the price is a rip-off.
posted by rexgregbr at 6:45 AM on April 3, 2002

Go to Ice Station Zero at EPCOT to try Coke products from all over the world for free!
posted by Ben Grimm at 7:57 AM on April 3, 2002

The words "free" and "Disney" do not go together, and in fact, cannot touch, or they would obliterate all matter in the universe.
posted by ebarker at 1:49 PM on April 3, 2002

You can do that (try different Coke products) at the Coke museum in Atlanta. They have these faucets with all these different Coca-Cola products. I was SO looking forward to trying them all, but after I had tried a few of them, I was feeling kind of ill. ;) A couple of them were really nasty, too.
posted by litlnemo at 3:26 PM on April 3, 2002

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