Has the secret code for Coca-Cola been cracked? The Coke recipe is the holy grail of corporate cuisine, more coveted than KFC’s eleven herbs and spices, and the good folks at This American Life might’ve found the secret behind Coca-Cola’s signature syrupy burn.
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
Whether or not this is the actual recipe for Coke, or an earlier version, or something else entirely, we love the story behind its discovery. The producers of This American Life found an old article on Coca-Cola’s history in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and there, in a photo next to the history, was a picture of a book with what looked like the magic recipe. Like true love in the movies, the answer was right in front of our eyes all along.
Coke has already denied the accuracy of the formula, but the company would say that no matter what, right? Let the conspiracies begin…
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