Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cokes with Real Sugar

I had a Jones Berry Lemonade cola with dinner tonight. It's one of the few soft drinks being made today with real sugar. Most of the "sweet" drinks today are made with high-fructose corn syrup. There are mounting studies showing that high-fructose corn syrup is linked to the epidemic of obese people in the US.
I read somewhere that one of the hottest selling soft drinks now is Coke made with real sugar in Mexico and bootlegged back to the US. How funny is that?
I know for a fact that Co-Cola, RC, Dr. Pepper and Nehi drinks were better when we were kids and I have no doubt that it was because they still used real sugar and sold the drinks in thick glass bottles with caps that were driven on with some kind of machine. There were no twist off caps. You could twist until you sawed a gash in your hand and would be no closer to enjoying the soft drink. If you found yourself without a bottle opener, you'd have to knock the top off on a rock or gnaw it off with your bare teeth.
I loved those Co-Colas pulled out of one of the good old drink machines. There was one such machine in a store down in Old Dora. The old machine looked like a small deep freeze and when the compressor kicked on, the lights would dim along main street. When you pulled a Coke out of that puppy, it had a think slush of ice at the very top. I cannot count the times I've walked down there in the summertime, bought one of those drinks along with a pack of salted peanuts. I'd go out on the sidewalk and sit on the curb, pour in my bag of peanuts and watch that drink fizz. I'd slowly sip the drink, munch on the peanuts and watch the ebb and flow of small town traffic. When I was a kid, there were few past times that could match it.

1 comment:

  1. My favorite was Orange Crush until they added carbonation.


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