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Coca Cola's secret has been hidden and locked down for over 125 years. But not anymore. American Life says they've found the ingredients that make up the drink and they have revealed it!
It all started with John Pemberton, a Civil War veteran who's credited with inventing Coca-Cola. His original recipe was written down in a recipe book of various ointments and medicines that was passed down from generation to generation.
A photograph of that recipe, from that very recipe book, was taken in the Feb. 18, 1979, edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and only recently came to light when Ira Glass from This American Life stumbled upon it. Here's the recipe:
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
What's going to happen now that Coke's recipe is out in the open? They've been infamous in guarding their recipe for this long already. And rumor has it that even Coke executives know only hlaf the formula or that there's two people in the world who know the recipe can never fly together.
When Asa Candler, an early Coke President, bought the original formula from Pemberton in 1887, he was so paranoid about people stealing the recipe that he ordered that the recipe could never be written down again. He also removed all labels from the ingredient bottles and went through company mail to see if anyone was snitching.
But in reality, its tough to replicate Coke per se, because of the coca extract that Coca Cola can get only. So this recipe sounds like its pretty useless after all. [This American life via Time]
So as the article above concluded, since only Coca Cola can get the coca extract. You must be wondering why. Because coca = cocaine? LOL no just kidding. Apparently in many South American countries (if not all) coca plants are considered as cocaine. Somehow, Coca Cola got the right to buy coca leaves from one of the South American countries (Peru? Bolivia?).
There you go, at least you guys learn something. So did I.