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Does Mexican Coke Taste Better Than Regular Coke?

Remember how I told you about the Mexican Coke spotting at Costco? Well we finally made it out there and luckily there were still cases waiting for us! We snatched up a few bottles and set about doing an A/B blind taste test.

Everyone received two little cups full of soda. One was marked A and the other was B, they then had to determine which they liked better, why they liked it and if they could determine which was the Mexican version and which the regular American version.

The results were pretty even, out of thirteen taste testers, eight of them preferred the Mexican coke, three preferred the American and two thought they were the same. Also, only nine people correctly identified which was the Mexican Coke.

To find out what the taste-testers thought,

  • I liked B better because it was more carbonated and had a hint of lime flavor in it.
  • I tasted A first and it tasted chemically, I tasted B and actually wanted to taste it again.
  • B has more flavor, a purer form of sweet.
  • A tasted dull compared to B.
  • I like A, it's not as sweet.
  • If B isn’t the Mexican Coke I’ve lost touch with reality.
  • I think I would potentially like B better if I had ice and lemon. And a beach.
  • I think that B was mexican. I think they were both too sweet.
  • At first I liked A because it was familiar, but than I took a few more sips and realized that B felt better for me and better tasting.
  • I think B is real sugar, and A the chemical stuff. I liked A.

And now that you've got their opinions, I'll let you know that Regular Coke (made with corn syrup) was marked A, and Mexican Coke (made with real sugar) was marked B. I knew which one was which, so my opinion was swayed a bit, however I thought that A tasted slightly more acidic and had a bit of a bite, while B tasted smoother and richer. Also, I'm afraid that the results may have been flawed due to the fact that one was from a can and the other from a bottle.

Yet, based on this taste test, I'd say it's safe to say that if you can get your hands on a bottle of Mexican Coke, that it's definitely worth a taste.

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verily verily 10 years
I definitely prefer Mexican coke and Dublin Dr. Peppers to the HCFS equivs. Drinks with HCFS have much more of an aftertaste. Fortunately, it's very easy to find both real sugar versions where I live.
Karla686 Karla686 10 years
have any of you guys tasted mexican diet coke aka "coca light" which is how it is said in spanish... anyway i have and it taste JUST like the regular coke, it really makes me doubt it has 0 cals like it claims it does. i swear i feel like im drinking pure sugar! hmmmm... when im not on a diet, i LOVE joya de manzana!!!! :]
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
I've had Mexican coke before and I definitely noticed a difference and liked it better. I thought the only difference was that they still bottled it in glass. Soda in a glass and fountain sodas are the best! Not a big fan of plastic.
igottrouble igottrouble 10 years
when i went to costa rica it was the same thing! taste so much better with sugar
clepiau clepiau 10 years
Sounds like the difference between Dublin Dr. Pepper (made in Dublin, TX with pure cane sugar) and regular DP. I never drink Coke, but real sugar is always yummier - and better for you.
salmae24 salmae24 10 years
Of course the Mexican coe is sweeter it is made with sugar cane and not syrup! I grew up on that coke, nothing compares!
SarahElaine SarahElaine 10 years
Thank you so much for writing this article. It wasn't until recently that I found out the reasons for Coke tasting different in the U.S. from Coke in Europe. I really wish that we could have real sugar Coke here.
ninaluna ninaluna 10 years
I'd say mexican coke is much nicer than regular coke. although regular coke tastes foul in comparison to british coke, i couldn't get over the difference when i was in NYC! There's also a huge difference between coke from the UK and coke bottled in ireland, funny stuff!
aris4l aris4l 10 years
haha this is something my whole family has always said. It was cute reading about it!!!
PinkTulip PinkTulip 10 years
Wow! never in a million years did I think someone would write about Mexican Coke!! when I was 8 I visited my grandparents in Mexico and the shops there poured coke into plastic bags and put a straw in it and tied the bag around it! the coke was delish!!! I guess they put it in bags so that they could keep the glass bottle :( but it was fun for me!!!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I dont drink Coke all together because I hate the taste but I might have to try Mexican Coke. My grandfather will only drink Coke out of glass bottles...hes old school like that My mom refuses to drink soda out of a plastic bottle
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
I want to try the Mexican Coke. I don't like regular Coke so I'm not sure if I'd like the Mexican coke.
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
Love the Beach comment/review. lol I prefer Pepsi and yes there is a difference (Pepsi is sweeter, as ALSW said). I do like Coke icees though because the slushiness makes it sweeter.
designergirl designergirl 10 years
Mexican Coke and Coca Light are so much better than the American versions. Plus, any drink out of a glass bottle tastes a million times better than one out of a plastic bottle.
hotchickrules hotchickrules 10 years
i definitely prefer the Mexican coke!
acaladoobie acaladoobie 10 years
So Mexican coke is better than American coke. I've heard Colombian coke is pretty good too haha
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
How funny you posted this. Our office was just talking about this. I never cared for Mexico's version of Coke. I tried it a couple times when I went down there and it had a plastic taste to it. I guess growing up with American coke anything else tastes strange.
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
my boyfriend's mexican and insists that it tastes better. i've never tasted mexican coca cola...i'm kind of afraid to drink real coke for me!
robs1325 robs1325 10 years
Mexican Coke is addictive. Growing up in Texas, it was not too hard to find, but now that I have lived in Mexico for the last three years, American coke just won't cut it. I think part of the reason it also tastes good is the packaging, food and drinks that come in cans always taste metallic...
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
I agree that Coke Light tastes much better than the Diet Coke that is available in the US. It's less chemical-y. My husband also swears that Snickers bars from Mexico taste better than the ones here and he always looks forward to having one with a Mexican Coke when we go on vacation.
Shibi Shibi 10 years
Mexican Cokes are the best. High fructose corn syrup sweeteners are bad, bad, bad!
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
Coke in Europe is the only coke I will drink. I hate HFCS! Real sugar is the way to go.
z0mbieFck z0mbieFck 10 years
my dad got all giddy when i first told him about that article i read here about seeing mexican coke at costco...he loves it, and it reminds me of whenever my family goes down there to see family and they put it in a plastic bag with a straw...awww, memories.
tati33 tati33 10 years
the bottled version of coke is sold throughout all of latin you can see much better than US made coke...
darkbeauty darkbeauty 10 years
I like Coke Light (Diet Coke outside the US) far better than it's American counterpart and that's sold in Mexico. I wonder if they have that at Costco? That would be super sweet. Hehe.
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