I’ve made a big deal here before about Canadian Coca-cola tasting better because they make it with sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. I’ve also mentioned the Kosher Coca-cola that is available this time of year, identifiable by a yellow cap, which is also made with sugar. See also: Mexican Coke. But every once in a while I read somebody who says they cannot taste the difference. We had a single can of Canadian Coca-cola left in the fridge so we decided to investigate.
I bought a 2-liter bottle of Kosher Coca-cola (I have never seen it in a smaller container) and a small bottle of regular Coca-cola. I realize that testing from all the same size of containers would have made for more fair comparisons but since all I had was a can of Canadian Coke and all I could find in the Kosher variety was 2-liter it was already a lost cause. I bought a small bottle of regular Coke since I didn’t want that much around. I left them in the same part of the fridge for a few days so they would all be at the same temperature. We sipped them out of small, stemless flutes.
Our verdict wasn’t surprising, but it was interesting to conduct the test. I couldn’t detect much of a difference in flavor between the three, but the difference in texture was easy to pick out. The Canadian Coke from a can was sharp and sweet, the Kosher Coke was diluted and maybe a little flat, very probably because it came from a big bottle. The regular Coke from the smaller bottle had the same flavor but was thick and sweeter. Scott said it had almost a honeyish consistency, that it was stickier and too sweet. The tongue coating and aftertaste in Coke made with high fructose corn syrup is what made me stop drinking it a long time ago, and after savoring our cans of Canadian Coke I can say that doesn’t happen with Coke made with sugar.
So, Canada, you win again. Please keep up the good work! update: It’s been confirmed, Canadian Coke does contain HFCS, so viva la Mexican Coca-cola!