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Coke's secret recipe unearthed...


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So, apparently, this radio team hunted down a handwritten copy of the original recipe from 1974:

 

 

Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP

Citric acid: 3 oz

Caffeine: 1 oz

Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity)

Water: 2.5 gal

Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart

Vanilla: 1 oz

Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color

 

The secret 7X flavor (use 2 oz of flavor to 5 gals syrup):

Alcohol: 8 oz

Orange oil: 20 drops

Lemon oil: 30 drops

Nutmeg oil: 10 drops

Coriander: 5 drops

Neroli: 10 drops

Cinnamon: 10 drops

 

 

Source:

http://www.psfk.com/2011/02/coca-colas-sec...-unearthed.html

 

 

 

What do you guys think? Truth or elaborate hoax? Who's going to try to brew their own?

 

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I imagine that whatever alcohol they'd be using in it's production is denatured or no longer in the recipe.

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Apparently, it's actually not uncommon:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_drink#Alcohol_content

I can't be bothered to do the maths, but is 8oz in 5 gallons less than 0.05%?

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Apparently, it's actually not uncommon:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_drink#Alcohol_content

I can't be bothered to do the maths, but is 8oz in 5 gallons less than 0.05%?

Well, I can't quite figure out the recipe, really. You've got the flavoring and the syrop, it seems like. So while the flavoring seems to be about 80-90% alcohol (8 ounces in about 9-10 ounces of flavoring) you only put 2 ounces of that into 5 gallons of syrop. Which is certainly below .05.

 

But then the question remains how, exactly, the alcohol works into the formula - is it left to evaporate at all? Does it alter the oils somehow to enhance the flavor? It's all weird science to me, but I love it.

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What I've always wondered is how stuff like this passes all health check test thingies without anybody knowing what It actually contains.

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Apparently, it's actually not uncommon:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_drink#Alcohol_content

I can't be bothered to do the maths, but is 8oz in 5 gallons less than 0.05%?

Well, I can't quite figure out the recipe, really. You've got the flavoring and the syrop, it seems like. So while the flavoring seems to be about 80-90% alcohol (8 ounces in about 9-10 ounces of flavoring) you only put 2 ounces of that into 5 gallons of syrop. Which is certainly below .05.

If the 100 or so drops of different things that go with the alcohol are roughly the same viscosity as water then they aren't that close to a fluid ounce in themselves so can essentially be ignored. This means there will about be 2oz. of alcohol in 640oz. (5 gallons) of syrup, that's about 0.3%, 6 times the legal limit for soft drinks.

 

 

 

If this is the correct recipe then I'm not sure what sort of impact this will have. I'm sure Pepsi and other cola products can't be too far off in their recipes since they are quite similar most of the time.

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It's from 1974. Regs were different back then. Recipe has been changed a number of times since. They don't use sugar anymore. They use corn syrup. Citric acid has been replaced, at least in part, with phosphoric acid. Caramel is replaced with artificial coloring. Alcohol content is either at zero now, or much closer to zero than it was. Number of flavors in that list have replaced with artificial flavors.

 

What impact this recipe will have? Some people will try to replicate it. That's about it.

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What I've always wondered is how stuff like this passes all health check test thingies without anybody knowing what It actually contains.

They know it but at least here the law says that concentrations of not hazardous ingredietns have to be listed if its concentration is less than 1%. Actually We have two kinds of alcohol free beer here: one is named aclohol free bt it also contains 0.07 % alcohol and the other one is titled 0.0 and shouldn't contain any alcohol although I bet theres still some in there

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HolyGrenadeFrenzy

 

I'm disappointed at the lack of cocaine.

That's there with the Coca.

 

But, I laughed out loud at your response none the less.

 

I thought this was a cocaine topic at first.....before the subtitle was even noticed.

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i used to work for Coca-Cola. and i can tell you all with complete honesty...there is no recipe floating around for making Coke. there, i said it. the recipe is tightly secured...even tighter than trying to get into Ft. Knox...so much so that all the syrup comes to the plants in barrels from only a few select places throughout the country. when i was given my orientation....they took us on a tour of the bottling plant in Alexandria Virginia...they had armed guards that their sole job was to guard the barrels of syrup and keep people like me from peeking back behind the curtain where they had them stored....they carried Glock .40 cals.

 

 

there is now recipe out there....you can try all you want, but you will never even get close.

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I'm disappointed at the lack of cocaine.

My thoughts exactly.

Banned, now stay the f*ck out
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Claude Speed.
Who's going to try to brew their own?

Just need a coca supplier and I'm all set.

Gone...but not quite.

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leik oh em jeez!

 

i used to work for Coca-Cola. and i can tell you all with complete honesty...there is no recipe floating around for making Coke. there, i said it. the recipe is tightly secured...even tighter than trying to get into Ft. Knox...so much so that all the syrup comes to the plants in barrels from only a few select places throughout the country. when i was given my orientation....they took us on a tour of the bottling plant in Alexandria Virginia...they had armed guards that their sole job was to guard the barrels of syrup and keep people like me from peeking back behind the curtain where they had them stored....they carried Glock .40 cals.

 

 

there is now recipe out there....you can try all you want, but you will never even get close.

Having worked at a company OR taken a tour, you would know no more of the possibility of a recipe being written down over 30 years ago than anyone else.

 

Besides, why would the syrup need to be protected anymore than the final product?

 

We've got small division of coke here in Wilmington. Not sure if it's bottling or just distribution, but there's certainly no armed guards.

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Lol, I only realised it wasn't about cocaine when I was at like half of the page.

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