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Monday, March 26, 2007 

Classic AND Kosher

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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Hi Jill,
The European market in old town goleta has coke imported from the Ukraine. Not environmentally friendly to ship food from that far away, but it has real sugar.

It's amazing what kind of junk they are feeding us in this country now, huh!

-Mimi

Yeah, like the Ukraine, I think i nMexico they put sugar in Coke. Whether they use cane sugar, beet sugar or corn syrup depends on the cheapest sweetner on the national market.

Mexican Coke is also made with sugar instead of with crap.

The change came when New Coke came out. When "classic" replaced New Coke, the ingredients switched from "sugar" to "high fructose corn syrup" -- and the obesity epidemic began to pick up speed.

They would do us all a favor to go back to the old recipe.

I don't think there is ANY soft drink available here that does not use high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar. There are not a lot of Jewish people in Alabama so I'm not holding my breath on being able to find Kosher Coke. But I'm going to look!

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