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Passover Coke, ctd. [Mar. 21st, 2007|08:41 pm]
Ben FrantzDale
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I found the mythical Passover Coke (Coke made with sucrose rather than with HFCS) I mentioned previously.

As advertised, it is marked by its yellow cap:

I found it in the Passover section of the supermarket, along with the matsa and Manishevitz, although it was also in the normal soda section alongside regular Coke.

The only difference in the ingredient list is the type of sugar, although both claim to be the Original Formula:
Passover Coke v. Regular Coke

I also got a two-liter bottle of Coca-Coke Zero for comparison.

The taste differences are subtle, but quite real. Coke Zero stands out among the three. It gets the flavor right, but is missing some notes and has essentially zero finish—the flavor just vaporizes. Normal Coke is what it always is; the cloying HFCS flavor is there, of course, but it still is the Classic. Passover Coke is subtly different from normal Coke. It lacks the HFCS taste and in its place is an honest sweet flavor with caramel notes that distinctly reminded me of sugaring off. Those caramel notes also lasted, making for a superior finish.

In short, if you weren't paying attention, you might miss the difference, but you are a Coke fan and pay attention, you can taste the difference. Sucrose makes it taste better.

Caveat: With the exception of the caramel notes, which I did not expect, these results closely match my expectations so I may just be predisposed to the above conclusions. A double-blind test is in order.

Update: My nose must work; maple syrup is, in fact, primarily sucrose.

[User Picture]From: kilroi
2007-03-22 07:49 am (UTC)
the main real difference I ever noticed with drinking sugar coke is that it didn't feel like it left a film on my teeth. but that alone was worth it.
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[User Picture]From: mew0422
2007-03-22 11:30 am (UTC)
Keep the second bottle and I'll help you do a double-blind test. :-)
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[User Picture]From: knova
2007-03-22 11:21 pm (UTC)
Better buy another one or it'll go flat.

Speaking of have you noticed it going flat faster or slower? Any difference?
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