I really do not care for soda of any kind, and stay away from it as much as possible, but this entices me a bit. Coca Cola made from real cane sugar, the way it used be. Something they stopped doing by the time I was 3. So really I have never tried soda made with real sugar ever. I know there are other companies out there that produce soda made from real sugar, but with the Coke product I have something to compare the real sugar version to, the corn syrup version. Maybe I will do a blind taste test and report back my findings…
From the site above:
In April of 1985, the Coca-Cola company announced that it was re-formulating its flagship carbonated drink, which to the horror of Coke fans everywhere, included a switchover to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Soon, the rest of the soft drink industry followed suit, and the classic taste of cane sugar-based sodas became practically extinct. Today, only a few small boutique soft drink companies still make sodas with refined cane sugar (or sucrose, made from sugar beets) a costly ingredient when compared with HFCS — but true carbonated beverage connoisseurs know and can tell the difference, as corn syrup has a characteristically cloying sweetness when compared to refined sugar. For nostalgic Coca-Cola lovers, unless you live in a foreign country that classic taste is but a distant memory.
Every late March and early April, for the two to three weeks leading up to the celebration of the Jewish Passover holiday season in the United States, Coke fans living in major metropolitan areas with large Jewish populations get their Real Thing, if only for that brief fleeting period. According to Jewish law, nothing made with chametz (any of a number of proscribed cereals and grains, including corn) during passover may be consumed — so in order not to lose sales from observant Jews during that eight day period, a small number of Coca-Cola bottlers make a limited batch of the original Coke formulation, using refined sugar. Needless to say, stocks run out quickly and fans of Passover Coke have been known to travel many miles seeking out supermarkets with remaining caches.
So coke is only doing this for a 3 week period at most it seems. Well, for them to switch their manufacturing process for a 3 week period is pretty interesting. It gives some insight into just how much soda Americans consume.