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Old 15 February 2011, 02:11 AM
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A website claims to have uncovered Coca-Cola's top secret recipe.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr...iscovered.html
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Old 15 February 2011, 03:59 PM
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...but wasn't prepared for the increase in hits that the claim would create.

If there really was alcohol, even in that small concentration, wouldn't they have to declare it? (I'm thinking Top Deck Shandy here).
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Old 15 February 2011, 06:55 PM
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If there really was alcohol, even in that small concentration, wouldn't they have to declare it?
Read carefully - that's 2 to 2 1/2 oz. of the flavoring in 5 gallons of the syrup, which would then be further diluted (with carbonated water) to make the finished drink. By the time the drink was ready for consumption, there probably wouldn't be any more alcohol than in most recipes which call for vanilla extract, if that.
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Old 15 February 2011, 06:58 PM
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What happens if you mix Merchadise 7X with sugar and spice and everything nice?
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Old 15 February 2011, 07:10 PM
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If there really was alcohol, even in that small concentration, wouldn't they have to declare it? (I'm thinking Top Deck Shandy here).
Also there would be serious implications over probibition in the 20s and 30s (although certain uses of alcohol would probably be acceptable; ie many medicines contain alcohol).

There was a similar revelation about 15 years ago (old company files found by researcher), but at least that one included cola nuts in the mix.
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Old 15 February 2011, 07:24 PM
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Rumor: Some products of The Coca-Cola Company contain alcohol
Our Response: All of our soft drinks are nonalcoholic beverages. The ingredients and manufacturing processes used in the production of our soft drinks are rigorously regulated by government and health authorities. In every country where our products are sold, our soft drinks are recognized by the local government and health authorities as nonalcoholic.
They say it's non-alcoholic, but there's some alcohol in non-alcoholic beer. So...?
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Old 15 February 2011, 07:29 PM
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They say it's non-alcoholic, but there's some alcohol in non-alcoholic beer. So...?
So it means that government regulations define "alcoholic" as denoting beverages containing at least a specified percentage of alcohol, a threshold which neither Coca-Cola nor non-alcoholic beer reaches. Hence the statement that "our soft drinks are recognized by the local government and health authorities as nonalcoholic."
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Old 15 February 2011, 07:44 PM
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Like the FDA says that any product with less that 5 calories called be called "calorie free".

Anything less than 0.5% of alcohol by volume (1 proof) can be legally called alcohol-free.
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A website claims to have uncovered Coca-Cola's top secret recipe.
I was about to post to say that in last week's episode of This American Life they also claimed to have found the recipe for Coca Cola, until I read the article and realized that's what they were talking about. I didn't think of This American Life when they said "a website" claimed to have uncovered the recipe, since it is first and foremost a radio program.
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WildaBeast, I was going to comment on that too. Whoever did the write-up for The Telegraph sure didn't waste any time looking into the source of the discovery! The segment of this week's show that covered the recipe was really interesting. I thought it was fascinating that they had to cut back the strength of all the extracts to try to match what they would have been like when the recipe was devised.

It's free on iTunes this week, if anyone wants to listen while they're waiting for TAL to get their website back up and running.
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What happens if you mix Merchadise 7X with sugar and spice and everything nice?
Your municipal infrastructure reparation costs go through the roof. But at least you'll get those turbaned monkeys off your back.
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Has not this recipe, or a very similar one, been on the snopes main site for years?

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Your municipal infrastructure reparation costs go through the roof. But at least you'll get those turbaned monkeys off your back.
Well done! (I was beginning to wonder whether anyone else picked up the reference!)
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Old 16 February 2011, 02:43 AM
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Has not this recipe, or a very similar one, been on the snopes main site for years?

Yes, a similar one is right here. What TAL did was compare this recipe found in Pemberton's papers with another recipe published in an Atlanta newspaper in the 1970's, then they tried to make the stuff. They got the coco leaves online.
They didn't claim to discover the formula, they just decided to look into it more and try it out.
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Even if the formula displayed in the article was for real, it still doesn't reveal "Coca-Cola's top secret recipe," as that recipe has changed many times over the years. The original formula was very different than what is sold as Coca-Cola today.
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Roll eyes Israeli sues Coca Cola for containing alcohol

An Israeli Muslim has filed a NIS 1.2 billion class action suit against The Central Bottling Company Group Ltd. (the Israel franchisee for Coca Cola) in the Jerusalem District Court for compensation for mental anguish and infringing the independent choices of the individual.

The plaintiff, an Israeli Muslim, filed the suit following publication on the web of what is apparently the secret recipe of Coca Cola, and which allegedly contains alcohol.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/glob...24838&fid=1725
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