I'm on board for Mexican Coke for any number of different reasons. It turns out the allegations of urban myth are false. Mexican Coke contains sugar instead of the slimey corn syrup concoction found on grocery shelves across America.
TWC was anxious for the opportunity to test drive Mexican Coke and while soaking up the sun in Los Cabos, I tasted bottled, fountain, and canned Mexican Coke. There is no question it is superior to it's American in-laws and no wonder it is finding a niche market in the US that Coca Cola isn't any too happy about.
First of all, Mexicans, who drink more Coke per capita than any other country in the world, have scaled back the carbonation in Mexican Coke to manageable levels. In a blind taste test, that would easily be the give away. Here in America, the number one ingredient of Coca Cola at any fast food joint is carbonation. After that comes the corn syrup followed by the flavor. I guess Americans love that fizzy crap foaming out of their nose. I don't.
Here's The Skinny:
Bottled Mexican Coke was the best. A mild, flavorful drink with enough carbonation to keep it interesting without inducing multiple belches or hiccups. Smooth and silky, no sticky aftertaste in your mouth. Aw, Come On. You've got a bottle of Karo in the cupboard, go ahead, pour some in a glass and drink it.
Soda Fountain Mexican Coke was very similar to bottled, placing second mostly because drinking Coke out of a bottle is better (just like beer).
Canned Mexican Coke was still good. Primary difference is that it contains a tease more carbonation. Still way under US standards of carbonation that require a pressure release valve on the can.
The bottles are beat up, chipped, gritty, well used, and, get this, you still return them for a deposit refund.
Of course, none of this is markets at work. The US subsidizes sugar, thus keeping US sugar prices well above the world price. Not to be outdone, Mexican taxes on sweetners make home grown Mexican sugar a bargain for Coke bottlers south of the border.
That's how government distorts markets my friends. American Coke contains corn syrup because sugar is too expensive because the government subsidizes American sugar and keeps imported sugar out, which then prices sugar out of the market. Meantime the US is moaning about Mexican levies on every sweetner save Mexican grown sugar, used in Mexican Coke because it is economically viable. Got that? What's good for the goose is NOT good for the gander.
Better buy your Mexican Coke now because the times? They are a changin'.
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