I, myself, prefer soda sweetened with real sugar to the corn syrup. Guess I'm going to have to hunt down a bottle or two. I had no idea that Coca Cola has been doing doing this for more than 20 years.
Fans of a throwback Coca-Cola recipe can thank Jewish dietary laws for the drink’s reappearance on supermarket shelves.
Kosher Coca-Cola - which is sweetened with sugar rather than corn syrup - is selling briskly at local grocery chains as Passover approaches.
The Atlanta-based soft drink company replaced sugar with corn syrup in 1985, and some fans say Coke hasn’t tasted the same since.
‘‘One can only imagine the nostalgia of having the product in its original formula,’’ said Harriet Tolve, spokeswoman for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Elmsford, N.Y. ‘‘Sugar is the most classic taste.’’
The bottler manufactures about 200,000 cases of Kosher Coke each March, including 20,000 cases that are shipped to grocers in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Tolve said.
..Under Jewish dietary laws, consumption of corn syrup is forbidden during Passover, which begins on April 2 this year and ends on April 10.
Dietary laws prohibit consumption of food containing wheat, oats, barley, rye or spelt grains if they come in contact with moisture for more than 18 minutes. The prohibition has since expanded to grain-like products including corn, said Rabbi Loel Weiss at Temple Beth Am in Randolph. - Patriot Ledger
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