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"I've done tests where I've fed an entire room full of people two batches of identical carrots, labeling one as organic and the other as conventional. Unsurprisingly, they unanimously pick the carrots labeled organic as superior in flavor every single time, even when they are two halves of the same carrot."

Therein is the rational for tasting wine (or anything) blind.
it doesn't surprise me, americans are used to american coke. mexican coke just tastes "off" if you're brought up on american coke. i have friends born and raised in latin america and they can't stand the taste of the coke in the US. on the other hand, my boss was born and raised in the US, drinks coca-cola every morning for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and he can't stand the latin american coke.

i personally don't have a preference, but i drink very little soda. i think the mexican one is clearly more "sugary" and i strongly prefer it when whipping up some rum and cokes, but that's where my preference ends.

as board-o said, this is the beauty of blind tasting Cool
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Originally posted by Captain Cancun:
It's the cane sugar. That's what makes it awesome in Mexico. As opposed to the crap up here.

+1!

As an aside, I have drunk only diet colas for the past several years. The Mexican, "zero calorie" Coke Lite is the best ever! Tastes just like the regular (and probably is.) While you can find the regular Mexican coke up here fairly easily, Coke Lite is darn near nonexistant in the States. Frown
The really funny part is, the last time I was leaving Puerto Vallarta I tried to bring some home with me. Their TSA wouldn't let me bring on liquids over 3 oz., but hey, a couple bottles of duty-free Tequila? No problem, amigo! Red Face Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by MarkH:
You have two choices:

Buy a year's worth of Kosher-certified Passover Coke when it's available in the spring. Most Coca-Cola bottlers make a batch every year, and a number of Pepsi bottlers do as well.

Take a trip to Cleveland. The Coca-Cola bottler there is the only one in the US that did not convert to HFCS.


i believe the passover coke is only made in plastic 2L bottles. per the article, those begin going flat after 10 weeks...
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:

i believe the passover coke is only made in plastic 2L bottles. per the article, those begin going flat after 10 weeks...

The format is up to the bottler, though I agree that most use 2L bottles to minimize the bottling time (I guess Rabbis are expensive). I found Passover Coke in cans this year, and with any luck I will again next year.

An issue with Mexican Coke I haven't seen mentioned is that not all bottlers in Mexico use sugar -- some use HFCS. Make sure to look at the label before buying.
Bahamian Coke is also made with sugar, not HFCS.

I've given up on any diet soft drinks, and any soft drinks made with HFCS. Which basically means I drink tea these days...

There are a few (expensive) boutique sodas that are made with cane sugar, but I rarely drink them.

By the by, I was hoping that giving up sodas would help me lose some weight. No such luck. Frown
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Originally posted by worm:
HFCS is like poison to me. A couple of years ago I thought I had acid reflux disease, as it runs in my family. Unrelatedly I stopped drinking sodas with HFCS to drop some weight and all of my stomach problems ended within a day!
I never heard of passover coke but will definitly be on the lookout now.


do you drink as much soda as you used to? say you were drinking 2L of soda with HFCS per day, do you now drink 2L of soda with cane sugar per day?

for the most part, there's absolutely nothing wrong with HFCS. everyone's body is different (if I eat a mango i'll have acid up to my throat for a day), but HCFS has been dragged through the mud when there's absolutely nothing wrong with it - other than a terrible name that makes it sound like poison. It's like riboflavin. People used to read "Riboflavin" on a food label and thought it was a sign of a terrible, processed food. it's just vitamin b with a crappy name.
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
for the most part, there's absolutely nothing wrong with HFCS.

This seems to be a hot topic as of late, which has led to commercials, etc. and I have heard arguments both ways, which does nothing to help me as a consumer. Do you have information and/or research that supports your statement? I would love to see it if you can share.
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
for the most part, there's absolutely nothing wrong with HFCS.

This seems to be a hot topic as of late, which has led to commercials, etc. and I have heard arguments both ways, which does nothing to help me as a consumer. Do you have information and/or research that supports your statement? I would love to see it if you can share.


just google it and you'll get an ocean of pages and studies. the consensus is pretty simple. there is nothing wrong with HFCS in it of itself. the problem is that it's in everything, and as far as the body is concerned it's a sugar. because HFCS is so inexpensive and readily available, and because it makes its way into practically every food and drink we consume, it's blamed for obesity and diabetes among other things. but HFCS isn't any more to blame for obesity and diabetes than any other sweetener. it just gets all of the blame because it's so overwhelmingly prevalent.

if you were to somehow swap out every gram of HFCS in the world with a gram of cane sugar, you'd have them same problem - obesity and diabetes. it isn't the HCFS' fault, it's the fact that we consume way too much of it.
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
Mexican coke (with sugar) rules.

It's readily available in SoCal but the price is ridiculously astronomical.

Really? It's about $1.19 a bottle here. That seems cheap to me.
Usually $2+ around here for the 16oz bottles.

We have a large Hispanic population here in Everett, WA. Not like SoCal, of course, but for the PNW there are quite a few Hispanic groceries and other businesses. I can get tacos off a truck about every 3 blocks, and tamales and carne asada cuts at the local Mexican butcher shop. One supermarket that just closed had made on premises tortillas, and tres leche cake. Oh, that stuff is good! Cool

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