Food Chain Weekly News Topic
COCAINE + CAFFEINE = COCA-COLA
Food Chain Radio Show #921
May 25, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
********* Michael Olson hosts: Mark Pendergrast, Author
For God, Country & Coca-Cola
The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink
and the Company that Makes It
What is the secret in Coca-Cola’s secret formula?
It sprang to life selling patent medicines in Reconstruction Atlanta, and then grew into the quintessential American corporation selling soft drinks to the world.
And it did it all on a secret formula consisting of a few common ingredients. Two of those ingredients were, and are, cocaine and caffeine, which made Coca-Cola the original American energy drink.
How the Coca-Cola Company grew, and the times in which it grew, lead us to ask:
What is the secret in Coca-Cola’s secret formula? According to Wikipedia, “The primary ingredients of CocaCola syrup include either high fructose corn syrup or sucrose derived from cane sugar, caramel color, caffeine, phosphoric acid, coca extract, lime extract, vanilla and glycerin.” If the ingredients are listed on Wikipedia, they can’t be the secret in the Coca-Cola’s secret formula! And so we persist in asking…