Tuesday, March 14, 2006

uma coca-cola

Coke is way better in other countries. Ok, so the fact that I was sipping it in a shady cafe under the leafy tropical trees probably helped, but the main difference is they sweeten it with sugar. Real live honest-to-god sugar, instead of that high-fructose corn syrup crud. It tastes much better.

14 comments:

Spice said...

My advice of the week - okay, advice of the day, since I already tipped you on the "Finding Nemo" thing: if you find a grocery store with a good kosher foods section, go there around Passover (this year - April 12 - so they might even have it now) and try to find some 'kosher for Passover' Coke. It's made with sugar. Yummy!

Spice said...

Oh, and TOWWAS, I was going to ask you for some advice, too - have you or anyone you know filed a Freedom of Information Act request? If so, e-mail me! (I'm posting rather than e-mailing just in case someone else in the blogosphere has done the FOIA thing...)

towwas said...

Yeah, I've heard that about kosher coke...I think the grocery stores around here probably carry it, but I'm not sure I'm ready to actually take the plunge and buy coke for home. I drink it pretty rarely, and I'm not sure I need all those pointless calories in my fridge.

towwas said...

And no, as I said in my e-mail, I am a lame-ass reporter who has never filed a FOIA...anyone else?

towwas said...

And does anyone know why kosher coke has sugar in it? What's not kosher about corn syrup?

Tunnies said...

corn is EVIL just like pigs are, didn't you know that? but i'm not jewish so i don't know crap.

Sophist said...

Hey, way cool about the coke w/ sugar instead of corn syrup. I'm heading to my neighborhood Kosher supermarket!!! (well the Sunset Kosher supermarket on the corner of 26th and Irving)

My guess is that corn syrup is not kosher because it is a hoofed animal bottom dweller.

Does this mean that people that keep kosher year-round can't eat anything with corn syrup!?

OleNelson said...

In addition to its being more tasty, my experience of drinking Coke in Mexico involves it being poured from its bottle into a plastic baggie with a straw. As you can imagine, this created some difficulties.

Spice said...

Okay, I did a little research since I'd always wonderered what the difference between kosher and kosher for Passover was - save for the ban on leavened bread (in high school I had matzoh birthday cake once - it was...interesting). Turns out that there is an interesting split in the Jewish community between Ashkenazis (Eastern European Jews) and Sephardim (Mediterranean Jews). No one uses 'chometz,' which includes barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. However, Ashkenazis also don't use 'kitniot,' which includes legumes (such as soy, peanuts, and peas), corn, rice and mustard flour. So that's where the corn syrup comes in. Anyway, if you'd like to read more, there's a ton of info here: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/pesachart/

towwas said...

Ohhh, of course! I'd never made the distinction between "kosher" and "kosher for passover." Thanks, Spice!

J.Po said...

Pepsi.

towwas said...

Is Pepsi sweetened with sugar?? I must investigate...

...Not according to the product page: http://www.pepsi.com/pepsi_brands/product_info/index.php

grrrbear said...

You know, I *was* going to make a witty comment, but then I got distracted by learning about kosher-ness and the ashkenazi so now I've completely forgotten my point.

If only this was just a problem on comments, but no - I've forgotten innumerable good blog post topics too. I think this is a sign of my advanced age and pending dementia.

miss shirley said...

One of my favorite museums ever is the Coke museum in Atlanta. I know that is really pathetic because I live in the nation's capitol with places such as the Museum of Natural History, The National Gallery and the Holocaust Museum, but do any of those places have super cool modern looking fountains that shoot soda ACROSS the ROOM into your cup? Or a tasting room where you can sample coke products from around the world? I am sorry, but that is just cool.