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Your Mexican Coke Might Be in Trouble

Your Mexican Coke Might Be in Trouble

Mexico's new junk food tax might push Coca-Cola purveyors to use high-fructose corn syrup

It might just be your last chance to get cane sugar Coca-Cola.

In an effort to alleviate the obesity epidemic, Mexican Congress recently proposed a new tax reform bill to increase taxes on junk foods and sodas. And, just as Bloomberg's similar soda ban failed thanks to corporate outrage, junk food companies are already calculating the effects of such a tax.

The proposed increases would tax an extra peso (or $.08) per liter of soft drink sales in the country; executives at Coca-Cola bottlers, however, are threatening to get rid of the precious cane sugar Mexican Coca-Cola if costs increase.

Quartz reports that in an earnings call last week, the head of Mexico-based Coca-Cola bottler Arca Continental SAB suggested moving to more fructose, or other processed sugars, since these sugars are cheaper than cane sugar. "That’s a very important part of the savings that we are foreseeing now," another executive noted.

Of course, other bottlers in Latin America have already made the switch to high-fructose corn syrup; in Colombia you will find Coca-Cola with cane sugar, but in Argentina, the Coca-Cola uses high-fructose corn syrup. Whether or not these potential recipe changes will affect Mexican Coca-Cola exported to America has yet to be seen, but Quartz notes a University of Southern California study that found equal amounts of fructose and glucose (but not any sucrose, or cane sugar) in Mexican Coca-Cola. Perhaps snobby Mexican cola drinkers have been tricked all along?

  • Coca-Cola bottles for sale imported from Mexico
  • Sweetened with real cane sugar
  • Packaged in elegant, glass bottles
  • Classic look of the glass bottles provides a nostalgic experience


Make your day a whole lot better with Coca-Cola de Mexico.

Why Does Coke Taste Different in Glass Bottles?

Many fans of Coca-Cola de Mexico are very vocal about the better flavor of Coke in glass bottles. And, according to science, they might be right. Some university researchers in the United States have explained that Coca-Cola in glass bottles, cans and plastic bottles all contain the same amounts of carbon dioxide (the stuff that makes the Coke so fizzy). However, plastic bottles are considered more carbon dioxide permeable. That is to say the plastic bottles of Coke, according to the U.S. researchers, allow more carbon dioxide to escape from the bottle. This means that plastic bottles sometimes won't taste as fizzy and carbonated as glass bottles. Of course, lovers of Coca-Cola drinks have many different preferences, so this variety may not be such a bad thing. A lot of people prefer less carbonation in their soda, while many others love the extra fizz. Also, many people prefer Coke bottled in glass because they believe it has a purer taste. If you're one of those people, then Coca-Cola de Mexico is the right coke for you.

Made with Real Cane Sugar?

This Coca-Cola imported from Mexico is sweetened using real cane sugar. Fans of cane-sugar Coca-Cola drinks believe it has a more natural taste than the other flavors of this delicious soda.

History of Coke in Mexico

The first Coke bottling plant in Mexico was opened in 1921. Originally, the drink was imported from Mexico into the United States to primarily sell the Coke bottles to Mexican immigrants who were more familiar with the Mexican formula of the Coca-Cola. However, the popularity of the cane sugar-flavored Coke grew large enough for the beverage to start being sold in larger grocery chains. The glass bottles of Coca-Cola from Mexico are thickly shaped and are described as, "pleasingly nostalgic."

7 Mexican Sodas You Should Know

7 Mexican sodas you should know: Sol, Jarritos, Topo Sabores, Lift, Mexican Coke, Mundet, and Sangria Senorial.

Photographs by Adam Lindsley

It should come as no surprise that Mexicans, like those of us north of the border, drink a lot of soda. Most gringos have at the very least heard of Mexican Coke, which is widely available in this country, but there's more to the sweet fizzy beverages from our neighbors to the south.

The U.S. has a vast selection of its own sweet carbonated beverages, but Mexican pop is worth seeking out, if for no other reason than the unusual flavors we don't see much of here in the States, like tamarind, sangría, and hibiscus. Also, Mexico sodas aren't as reliant on high fructose corn syrup as those in the States, though the rising cost of cane sugar has convinced many Mexican soda producers to make the switch to syrup.

Of course there are many Mexican sodas that aren't available in the U.S., but if you visit your local taco truck or Latin market, you might be surprised by the variety. (And you may even find a few gems in your local supermarket's Latin foods aisle.) Here's our guide to seven Mexican sodas you should seek out now.


Created by Don Francisco Hill in the 1950s, Jarritos ("little pots") is the #1-selling Mexican soda in the U.S., and its vibrantly colored lineup, sold in molded glass bottles, are striking shelf occupiers. The brand's 11 flavors, including guava and mango, tend to veer toward the sweeter side, so skip them if you don't like your soda candy-sweet. We're particularly fond of the tart Tamarind variety, but the Jamaica carries intense hibiscus flavors and is particularly pleasant on a hot day.


Mundet's apple soda was founded in 1902 by Don Arturo Mundet, who was an early adopter of the then-recently invented crown caps. Mundet comes in two flavors: Sidral (the "red apple" variety) and Manzana Verde ("green apple"), the latter of which is much more difficult to track down in the States. Despite what it claims on the official website, Mundet barely has any real apple juice in it (less than 1%—it says so right on the bottle). Even so, the apple cider notes are prominent and taste quite authentic. Taco carts often offer Sidral Mundet, and it happens to pair beautifully with a salty carnitas taco hot off the grill. Mix it with nutty Oloroso sherry for a surprisingly delicious highball.

The Coca-Cola Company owns the Lift line of soft drinks, and different flavors have gained popularity in different parts of the world (lemon in Australia, grapefruit in Guatemala). In Mexico, the overwhelming favorite is Manzana Lift, an apple-flavored soda (made with high fructose corn syrup) that goes straight for the Jolly Rancher profile. It has a lighter body than Sidral Mundet, with a miniscule percentage of apple juice concentrate tossed into the mix that can't compete with the instantly recognizable "green apple" candy flavors. While it may not have an authentic fruit flavor like other apple sodas in this roundup, Manzana Lift is a good pair for saltier, fattier foods that require a bright acidity to cut through the richness. The brand's tall 500 mL bottles are understandably more difficult to find in the U.S., but if you're looking for a lot of soda for not a lot of dough (it's typically priced the same as smaller 12-ounce Mexican sodas), this is your best bet.

Not to be outdone by its longtime rival, PepsiCo also owns a Mexican-produced line of sodas: Sol. And like Coca-Cola's line, Sol uses high fructose corn syrup instead of natural sugar. The apple-flavored variety, Manzanita Sol, won our apple soda taste test back in 2011, enticing us with its perfect balance between sweet and tart and vivid apple cider parallels. Manzanita Sol is beginning to make serious headway in the Unite States: earlier this year, Taco Bell started selling it at select locations, with plans to expand throughout 2014. Of the brand's other flavors, Tamarindo Sol is worth seeking out for its slightly earthy, sweet and sour undertones.

Topo Sabores

The Topo Sabores line of sodas is owned by the Topo Chico mineral water company, whose claim to fame was securing the first Coca-Cola bottling franchise in Mexico back in 1926 (that or having one of its bottle caps used in the episode of The Office where Kevin tries to repair a broken turtle shell). Like Jarritos, Topo Sabores sodas come in a range of dayglo flavors like strawberry and pineapple and are definitely on the sweet side, comparable to the Sunkist and Crush brands here in the U.S. The most recognizable of the bunch, and our favorite, is the orange, which offers the classic orange soda experience without taking the sugar levels into the stratosphere.

Sangría Señorial

Sangría Señorial is something of an acquired taste. While it does somewhat resemble sangría thanks to the presence of wine grapes, it more closely resembles a sweet, mixed-fruit wine cooler. Your brain might be tricked into thinking otherwise, but there's no alcohol to be found in this full-bodied beverage. Spanish-born Mexican resident Don Manuel Gómez Cosío came up with Sangría Señorial in 1964, and the soda has gained wide popularity since then thanks to Mexican distributor Novamex (which, incidentally, also distributes Jarritos and Sidral Mundet). Serve it ice cold with a squeeze of lemon or lime to brighten the grape and cherry flavors.

Mexican Coke Trafficking

4 large dried ancho chiles 2 dried chiles de arból (omit if you prefer a milder sauce) ½ small onion, chopped 8 ounces canned tomato sauce 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 3 tablespoons Ponzu sauce (or substitute ½ soy sauce, ½ lime juice) 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup mayonnaise 2 kilos Pargo blanco or red snapper (huachinango) one 2-kilo fish or two 1-kilo fish. Butterflied from the belly out. Remove and discard the stems and seeds from chiles. Place the chiles in a bowl and cover completely with boiling water and then soak for 40 minutes.
Remove the chiles and place in a food processor with ½ cup of the soaking liquid, the onion, tomato sauce, garlic, Ponzu, Worcestershire and the salt. Process until very smooth. Sieve the mixture into a bowl, then add the mayonnaise and blend.
Set aside 2/3 cup of the blended sauce to serve with the cooked fish. The rest will be used to prepare the fish for the grill.
Slather the flesh-side of the fish with the sauce and then place, skin-side down on a hot charcoal or gas grill. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the fish. (About 15 minutes for a one-kilo snapper on my gas grill at medium-high, lid closed).
Place cooked fish on a large platter use a spoon to remove the flesh.
Serve with fresh tortillas and pickled onions. Pass the reserved sauce.
Pickled Red Onions
Thinly slice a medium red onion into a glass bowl, toss with the juice of a large lime, one or two finely minced serrano chiles and ¼ teaspoon salt. Best if marinated overnight in the fridge.

Today I would like to share with you the recipe for a dish which meets holiday requirements. It is easy, and it doesn't need sophisticated ingredients or an oven. A frying pan is enough. Quesadilla, the dish in question, is a tortilla with melted cheese. The rest of the ingredients you choose at your discretion. Red beans, pepper, chorizo or fried meat all work brilliantly. I added fried pieces of turkey leg. Thanks to this, my dish could be a holiday dinner.

Ingredients (for 2 people)
4 tortillas
300g of turkey leg
half a chili pepper
half an onion
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of oil
200g of tinned sweetcorn
200g of tinned red beans
fresh pepper
200g of mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper

Cube the meat. Fry the diced onion, garlic and chili pepper in oil. Add the spiced-up-with-salt-and-pepper meat and fry on a low heat until the meat is soft. Cube the pepper. Drain the sweetcorn and red beans and slice the mozzarella cheese. Put the tortilla into a dry, heated pan. Arrange the meat, sweetcorn and red beans on it. Cover with the slices of the mozzarella cheese and the second tortilla. Fry on a low heat for a while. Turn it and fry a bit more until the cheese has melted. Put it on a plate and cut it into triangles.

Mexican Rice
Serves 4 as Side.

1 T olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1-1/2 c long-grain rice
3 c low-salt chicken broth or stock
2 med-size tomatoes (about 12 oz total), chopped
1 can (4&1/2 oz) chopped green chilies
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 c fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 c pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced

Heat oil in 4-quart saucepan over med-high heat until hot. (Make sure you use a large enough pot, I tried to make it fit into a 3&1/2 quart pot and it was very tight). Add onion & garlic, cook until soft. Add rice, and stir well, cook, stirring occasionally, until rice toasts a bit and turns golden, about 3-5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, chiles, chili powder, and S&P. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, until rice is done, about 25 min. You may have some liquid still left.
Turn off heat and stir in cilantro and olives, Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
Keywords: Side, Rice, Mexican, Easy
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Greens Tacos
I like to make these for breakfast or lunch: I try to eat dark leafy greens most days one way or another.

3/4 lb greens, cleaned well and sliced into approximate 1 inch pieces (today I used arugula and radish greens, leaving the radish ‘roots' in the fridge to be munched on later. the greens are good to eat, but
2 tsp cooking oil
2 stalks green garlic, cleaned as a leek and chopped, or another allium family, whatever you have on hand (onion, green onion, garlic, leek. )

Pinch red pepper flakes or cayenne
2 T cream cheese
4 small corn tortillas or 2-3 larger flour ones

Heat the oil and add the garlic, having the greens ready to go, and cook garlic for about 30 seconds. Then add greens and cook until bright green and wilted, add red pepper (and salt and black pepper if you like). Take off heat and stir in cream cheese. Heat tortillas, divide filling among them. Eat and enjoy.
Keywords: Vegetables, Easy, Vegetarian
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How To Use Fall Moonshine Recipes

Many of the Fall flavored moonshine recipes above are a great option to bring along to a bonfire or camp out.

If you are having an Autumn wedding, one of these recipes would be the perfect table drink or guest favor for everyone to take home! Maybe that’s the country side of me coming out, but that sounds pretty awesome to me.

You could even give some jars out as gifts when you don’t know what else to bring or just want a unique gift that nobody else is going to think of.

This post is all about Fall moonshine recipes.

Have you ever tried flavored moonshine before? What is your favorite flavored moonshine to date?

How to Make a Paloma

This tequila cocktail is salty and sweet and more interesting than a margarita (not sorry).

  1. Combine the tequila, lime juice, and salt in a tall glass.
  2. Add ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and stir.

La Paloma, the quintessential tequila cocktail from Mexico (shove off, Margarita!), is the antidote to all things hot. And sorry to say, there's a lot more of that heat bearing down on all parts of the world, not just those closer to the equator than us (thanks, climate change!). La Paloma's bubbly grapefruit soda has just a little bit of a bitter bite floating under its sweetness. Then there's lime and salt too&mdashnot rimming the glass, but in the actual drink&mdashthat beg for tequila. Together, it's a salty, sweet, and sour highball cocktail that you'll want to learn by heart, as soon as you can.

But first, a few notes: To be transparent, we made our Paloma here with Q grapefruit soda to get that lovely pink tinge. Jarritos grapefruit soda from Mexico is the exceptionally popular choice&mdashlike Mexican Coke, it's just fundamentally better&mdashbut it's not pink. Same goes for Squirt, another Paloma favorite. Tequila is up to you too, but reposado is best.

A Little Background

La Paloma has no proven origin story, but it definitely (probably) came from Mexico sometime in the mid- to late-1900s and eventually made it across the border to the U.S. years later. We do know that grapefruit soda was a necessity. Squirt was exported to Mexico in the mid-20th century while around that time, grapefruit Jarritos&mdashor Jarritos Toranja&mdashwas invented, so it only took a bottle of one of those plus some tequila to make the very first, very basic Paloma. Nor is it known why it's called La Paloma, or "the dove" in English. It's certainly not the color of the dove, nor does it coo like one. If we had to hazard a guess and get a little poetic in doing so, we'd say it's because La Paloma is as weightless as the wings of a dove, alighting on a boiling hot day to bring about a little reprieve. That's probably not the right guess, though.

If You Like This, Try These

Let's start with grapefruit. If it's a fruit whose flavor you enjoy, the Greyhound is a very simple grapefruit juice and vodka cocktail. The Salty Dog is a Greyhound cocktail with a salted rim. And a Sea Breeze mixes grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and vodka. Then, tequila drinks with Mexican heritage speak to you, there's always the Margarita.

What You Need

Here&rsquos what you need to do a Paloma justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard.

Pass right by the fruit loops, please. "Eating high-sugar cereals will make your blood sugar spike and crash, which will affect your sleep," says DeFazio. "Choose cereal with less than five grams of sugar per serving." Make sure you're not eating one of the 28 worst breakfast cereals, from AM to PM. Period.

RELATED: No-sugar-added recipes you'll actually look forward to eating.

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I'm in the UK also and can buy that coke, and eat for less in some kebab shops. anon956921 June 17, 2014

When I was in France I tried Coca Cola and believe me, it tasted the same as when I was a child, 50 years ago. I was told they use real sugar and that was the difference between United States Coke and European Coke. anon345866 August 23, 2013

I'm from Argentina and the Coca Cola we drink here is just awful. It's bitter, it tastes like cough medicine and I just can't handle it, but a lot of people like it. It's weird, because I have memories of really liking coca cola until maybe 2005 or some year close to that time. I'm sure it was better a couple of years before. It's so bad that even I don't like these kind of drinks, and I definitely prefer Pepsi over Coke. anon329524 April 10, 2013

I am from Italy, and I have to say the Coca Cola that I was drinking until mid 90's had a different taste for me. I remember it was more sparkling and sweeter than now. It's true that it's different from one country to another, because I tried it in Germany, France, the U.K. and USA. I think the best is in USA and in Germany.

But I tried also cherry Coke in the USA, the UK, France and Germany and I think that the best taste is in USA and a little bit similar in U.K. I think that France and Germany's cherry coke is not delicious like the American version. anon320280 February 16, 2013

The US Coke is dangerous. Its proven that high fructose corn syrup causes cancer. The German Coke is the same Coke as Mexican Coke. It is made with real sugar. It is not as harmful as the US Coke. serenesurface yesterday

It's not just the formula of Coca-Cola that changes in different countries. The name and looks can be slightly different too. In some countries, Diet Coca-Cola is called Coca-Cola Light. ysmina January 21, 2013

@simrin-- That's shocking to hear! Especially because Coca-Cola originated in the US. So one would think that the American one is the best.

But you know, it's probably an issue of palate. Did you drink Coca-Cola for the first time in the Middle East? That might be why you like that one better.

When I went to Germany, I hated the taste of Coca-Cola there, probably because I'm used to the taste of American coke. SteamLouis January 20, 2013

I'm originally from the Middle East and I still have family over there and I visit them in the summers. Coca-Cola in the Middle East definitely tastes different than in the US. I think the sweetener that is used is different. The acid content also seems to be different. I enjoy the Coke in the Middle East much more than American Coca-Cola.

I only drink Diet Coke and I drink it every day. I love the flavor of the Arab one. It's sweet but not overwhelming and the acidity is just perfect. The Diet Coke in the US is too acidic, it gives me stomach cramps. Sometimes I joke around and say that the American Diet Coke can clean rust. It's that strong in my view.

I wish they would bring the Coca-Cola formula from the Middle East here. StarJo December 12, 2012

Wow, I always thought that products by big name corporations like Coca-Cola would be required to be the same across the board! I'm surprised to learn that there is some leeway when it comes to bottling and flavoring.

I have become so accustomed to the Coca-Cola here in the United States that I doubt I would like it any other way. In fact, now that I know that there is a difference, I will take some Coke from home with me when I visit Europe this summer. orangey03 December 11, 2012

Well, this article makes me glad that I didn't try the Coca-Cola while in India! I had no idea that drinking soda could be so dangerous!

When I travel abroad, I'm afraid to drink the water. Now, it seems I need to be afraid of the soda, too! Perdido December 11, 2012

@Oceana – I have tried it, and I have to say that I prefer it over the American kind. The sweetness seems more authentic.

Some grocery stores and dollar stores also sell plastic bottles of “throwback” sodas that are sweetened with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. These are usually in the refrigerated section right next to the registers. This is a good way for you to get a taste of the good stuff.

I can remember a time when many soda manufacturers used real sugar instead of syrup to sweeten sodas. It is hard for me to drink the modern versions, because they actually taste like syrup. I buy the old-fashioned or the Mexican Coca-Cola whenever I see it for sale. Oceana December 10, 2012

Has anyone here tasted Mexican Coca-Cola? I'm curious about it. When I go to the Mexican restaurant down the street, I always order water, but I think I may try the Coke next time, just to see how it compares to the American version. anon102559 August 8, 2010

Thanks for this! I knew that the Coca-cola that I'm drinking in France tastes very different from the stuff I drink in the UK, but I didn't know why! I thought it was due to local preferences or something, but the reasons here make a lot of sense.

Is Coca-Cola bad for you?

People consider sugary drinks to be a significant contributor to many health conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay. Research has shown that drinking a can of Coca-Cola can have damaging effects on the body within an hour.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of the United States population will drink at least one sugary beverage on any given day. Young adults are the most regular consumers of sugary drinks.

There are 37 grams (g) of added sugar, which equates to almost 10 teaspoons (tsp), in a single can of cola.

For optimal health, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend consuming no more than 6 tsp of added sugar daily. By drinking just one serving of cola a day, a person will easily exceed this amount.

A 2015 study attributed 184,000 global deaths each year to the consumption of sugary drinks.

In this article, we look at the effects of cola on the body.

Share on Pinterest The sugar in Coca-Cola can contribute to many health conditions.

An infographic by the British pharmacist Niraj Naik shows the damage that a 330 milliliter (ml) can of Coca-Cola can inflict on the body within 1 hour of consumption. Naik based the infographic on research by health writer Wade Meredith.

According to Naik, the intense sweetness of Coca-Cola resulting from its high sugar content should make a person vomit as soon as it enters the body. However, the phosphoric acid in the beverage dulls the sweetness, enabling people to keep the drink down.

Blood sugar levels increase dramatically within 20 minutes of drinking the cola, explains Naik, causing a burst of insulin. The liver then turns the high amounts of sugar into fat.

Effects similar to heroin

Within 40 minutes, the body has absorbed all of the caffeine from the cola. This caffeine causes the pupils to dilate and the blood pressure to increase. By this point, the Coca-Cola has blocked the adenosine receptors in the brain, preventing drowsiness.

Just 5 minutes later, the production of dopamine has increased. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the pleasure and reward centers of the brain. According to the infographic, the way that Coca-Cola stimulates these centers is comparable to the effects of heroin. It triggers a person’s urge to drink another can.

An hour after drinking the beverage, a sugar crash will begin, causing irritability and drowsiness. The body will have cleared the water from the cola, along with vital nutrients, in the urine.

According to Naik, the infographic applies not only to Coca-Cola but to all caffeinated fizzy drinks.

“Coke is not just high in high fructose corn syrup, but it is also packed with refined salts and caffeine,” writes Naik on his blog, The Renegade Pharmacist.

In a press statement, a spokesperson for Coca-Cola says that the beverage is “perfectly safe to drink and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle.”

People can thank Rabbi Geffen for kosher Coca-Cola

Why wasn't glycerin kosher? Science History explains that glycerin results from the soap production process and incorporates oil from such processed meats as pigs and animals that were not killed following kosher guidelines. Though glycerin only accounted for 0.01 percent of Coke's volume, Geffen decided it couldn't be included in kosher Coke. However, if glycerin was made from vegetables it would be kosher. So how did they resolve the issues with glycerin and high fructose corn syrup? They switched the glycerin source and used Coca-Cola's original recipe, which relied on cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup, per Insider.

In order to keep up with the technology and advancements that have been made in the food industry, the organizations that are in charge of certifying foods as kosher began hiring chemists to verify that foods are holding up the stringent standards. Moreover, many rabbis began studying chemistry. To signify that the soda has received certification from the Orthodox Union, the caps are marked with "O-U-P." It's worth observing that this isn't the only kind of certification for foods that meet kosher guidelines. The site Kosher states that for more broadly kosher items that might not be suitable for Passover, you must look for an "OU" (normally a "U" inside a circle). An "OU-D" designates kosher dairy. Other products might have "OU-Meat," or "OU-Fish" symbols.

So, if it's made with cane sugar, what does it taste like? According to The Kitchn, Coca-Cola's kosher soda can be likened to the very popular Mexican Coca-Cola.

Watch the video: TRANNOS - COCO Visualiser (January 2022).