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2013-05-13 01:30:15 PM  
Uh huh.

If you want to know the recipe, all you need is to borrow a few minutes of the CSI:Las Vegas' time.

Not only that, they can also tell you when and where it was bottled.
 
2013-05-13 01:32:11 PM  
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We've been through this before. All the "secret recipes" agree that it's 99.99% carbonated sugar water, plus 11 picoliters of elderberry extract, 3.5 waftings of ferret flatulence, and so forth. And they all end up tasting exactly like soda and not quite exactly like Coke.

The difference is that actual Coke has a dash of the Colonel's secret ingredient that makes you crave it fortnightly. That's all.
 
2013-05-13 01:36:55 PM  
It's cinnamon. And stuff made up in a lab in NJ.
 
2013-05-13 01:54:02 PM  
I just want to know how it gives +2 RAD when I drink it, and yet being around the bottle (or having it in my inventory) does nothing.
 
2013-05-13 01:54:42 PM  

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2013-05-13 02:00:27 PM  
Battery acid + sugar?
 
2013-05-13 02:09:55 PM  
It's just French dressing!
 
2013-05-13 02:49:23 PM  

GreenAdder: I just want to know how it gives +2 RAD when I drink it, and yet being around the bottle (or having it in my inventory) does nothing.


Perhaps the bottles are lead crystal?

/nice reference btw
 
2013-05-13 02:59:09 PM  
There was an incident where someone stole the complete formula from Coke and went running to Pepsi to try to sell it. Pepsi thanked the man for his trouble, turned him over to the authorities, and called Coke to give their formula back.

Or maybe it was in reverse. But whatever. The point is that no one even cares what the formula is any more.
 
2013-05-13 03:03:00 PM  
It's never been as good after they took the cocaine out. Even when I add my own it tastes different.
 
2013-05-13 03:03:32 PM  
It's the tears of Orphans.
 
2013-05-13 03:04:31 PM  
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2013-05-13 03:04:33 PM  

unlikely: There was an incident where someone stole the complete formula from Coke and went running to Pepsi to try to sell it. Pepsi thanked the man for his trouble, turned him over to the authorities, and called Coke to give their formula back.

Or maybe it was in reverse. But whatever. The point is that no one even cares what the formula is any more.


Likely story, or should I say, unlikely

What I did there, you sees it
 
2013-05-13 03:05:04 PM  
Bush's baked beans dog has been giving out their recipe. Do they sick the hounds on him also?
 
2013-05-13 03:05:14 PM  
Bleah, who really wants the recipe to that battery acid tasting filth? The only thing coke is good for is alcoholic drink mixer, and you can use any number of generic cola's for that.
 
2013-05-13 03:05:34 PM  

Marshal805: It's the tears of Orphans.


And a touch of Unicorn semen.
 
2013-05-13 03:05:39 PM  

unlikely: There was an incident where someone stole the complete formula from Coke and went running to Pepsi to try to sell it. Pepsi thanked the man for his trouble, turned him over to the authorities, and called Coke to give their formula back.

Or maybe it was in reverse. But whatever. The point is that no one even cares what the formula is any more.


Exactly, what are you going to do with it, make Coke?  I think Coca-cola has the market pretty well covered on selling Coke.  And Pepsi making Coke would pretty much be the same as waving the white flag of the "Cola Wars".
 
2013-05-13 03:06:04 PM  
This has already been an episode of This American Life.

Since the qualities of the ingredients have drifted slightly over time the actual recipe doesn't work with the modern catalog of ingredients.
 
2013-05-13 03:06:52 PM  

unlikely: There was an incident where someone stole the complete formula from Coke and went running to Pepsi to try to sell it. Pepsi thanked the man for his trouble, turned him over to the authorities, and called Coke to give their formula back.

Or maybe it was in reverse. But whatever. The point is that no one even cares what the formula is any more.


Considering it could be easily sussed out with a gas spectrometer, I have a feeling that it is far more likely the value in the secret is more about marketing. Kinda like mcdonald's secret sauce. My guess is any duplicate would be trademarked out of existence if they ever so much as mentioned coke.
 
2013-05-13 03:06:59 PM  
Hey stupid, this ain't the 80s.  If it's not about the money, as soon as it hits the web, the secret is out.  Forever.
 
2013-05-13 03:07:34 PM  
Everybody knows that the secret ingredient is a Chinaman's urine.
 
2013-05-13 03:08:26 PM  

gunga galunga: Everybody knows that the secret ingredient is a Chinaman's Asian-American's urine.


Sorry. Forgot the preferred nomenclature there for a moment.
 
2013-05-13 03:08:56 PM  
The NPR story was a good one. I'm sure it's online. Basically, the ingredients are nearly the same as any other cola. The process is what's important. The flavors in Coke are so well blended.
 
2013-05-13 03:09:56 PM  

GreenAdder: I just want to know how it gives +2 RAD when I drink it, and yet being around the bottle (or having it in my inventory) does nothing.


"And, as everybody knows, it can only affect you if you touch it."

/obscure?
 
2013-05-13 03:11:28 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: unlikely: There was an incident where someone stole the complete formula from Coke and went running to Pepsi to try to sell it. Pepsi thanked the man for his trouble, turned him over to the authorities, and called Coke to give their formula back.

Or maybe it was in reverse. But whatever. The point is that no one even cares what the formula is any more.

Exactly, what are you going to do with it, make Coke?  I think Coca-cola has the market pretty well covered on selling Coke.  And Pepsi making Coke would pretty much be the same as waving the white flag of the "Cola Wars".


Seconded. Plus, pepsi would get sued into oblivion for anti-competitive behavior of they did anything with the recipe.
 
2013-05-13 03:12:29 PM  
Why does anyone care?  It's not like coke climbed a mountain of worse-tasting addictive sugar-waters to get to the top.  They just advertise until they win.
 
2013-05-13 03:12:29 PM  

gunga galunga: Everybody knows that the secret ingredient is a Chinaman's urine.


I'm of high intelligence in America and thus do not drink that portion
 
2013-05-13 03:13:55 PM  
And Pepsi is on file at the patent office.  It doesn't matter.  People don't choose it over Sam's Choice for the flavor.  They buy the brand.
 
2013-05-13 03:13:55 PM  
Georgia man hired by Coca Cola for viral advertising campaign.

FTA "Through the years, many have tried to crack the secret formula, but no one has been able to reproduce the 'real thing.'

Yup, all our advanced instruments can discover the chemical make-up of everything except Coca Cola, because it's just so special and magical. It being patented and general disinterest can't possibly be factors.
 
2013-05-13 03:14:03 PM  
Which means nothing without the specialized hardware to mass produce it.
 
2013-05-13 03:14:22 PM  
Even if Pepsi could make a drink that tasted EXACTLY like Coke, why would they? Nobody is going to by a Coke-like drink from Pepsi, when they can buy actual Coke, from Coca-Cola.
 
2013-05-13 03:15:25 PM  
$5 - $15 million and he only "thinks" it's the real recipe? Good luck with that!
 
2013-05-13 03:15:52 PM  

unlikely: There was an incident where someone stole the complete formula from Coke and went running to Pepsi to try to sell it. Pepsi thanked the man for his trouble, turned him over to the authorities, and called Coke to give their formula back.

Or maybe it was in reverse. But whatever. The point is that no one even cares what the formula is any more.


First, everyone knows the secret ingredient is normal, over the counter cough syrup.

Secondly, it's not so much that no one cares so much as Pepsi would have gotten in a lot of trouble if they had done anything else with it due to the misappropriation clause of the UTSA. It was more CYA for them than indifference.
 
2013-05-13 03:16:24 PM  
I have the recipe for ice.

I'm going to be rich.
 
2013-05-13 03:16:47 PM  
Did he find the recipe in an old armoire?

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2013-05-13 03:16:58 PM  
I don't care what he does with it as long as he doesn't mix that shiat with Pop Rocks.....
 
2013-05-13 03:18:33 PM  
What are you going to do with the recipe if you can't get the precursors? Kola extract is easy, but decocainized coca leaves and large quantities of orange zest oil? And forget about the methylamine.

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2013-05-13 03:19:19 PM  

gameshowhost: It's just French dressing!


Thousand Island dressing.
What's the secret sauce at Bronco Burger?
Ketchup and mayonnaise.
 
2013-05-13 03:19:59 PM  
The guy found A recipe for A cola and the local media runs with it. Jesus Christ.
 
2013-05-13 03:21:36 PM  
William Poundstone had the recipe in one of his Big Secrets books.  As far as I know Coca-Cola didn't particularly care that he did.

/Unlike the Church of $cientology, which successfully sued to get the second Big Secrets book suppressed because he shared the secrets of Xenu in it
 
2013-05-13 03:21:38 PM  
hmmm....

fc03.deviantart.net

/he was from Georgia.
//okay, not that Georgia.
 
2013-05-13 03:21:43 PM  
Bone meal and earwig honey?
No wait, those are candy conversation heart ingredients.

Maybe Coke has been putting small amounts of actual cocaine in their cola the whole time. They are big enough to make the FDA, DEA and EPA look the other way.

Yeah, that's the ticket.
 
2013-05-13 03:21:46 PM  
He could probably get $100 for it on Pawn Stars, but only after Rick brings in a buddy who is an expert in these sorts of things.
 
2013-05-13 03:22:48 PM  
Did he open the safe on Reddit?
 
2013-05-13 03:24:43 PM  

Nogrhi: GreenAdder: I just want to know how it gives +2 RAD when I drink it, and yet being around the bottle (or having it in my inventory) does nothing.

Perhaps the bottles are lead crystal?

/nice reference btw


This!

But then, if the bottle is made out of leaded crystal and the bottle is sealed; how did the contents become even slightly radioactive?

Maybe the product was always a little radioactive. That makes sence; because the quantum version is more radioactive. Maybe the method for coloring the cola leaves traces of radioactivity.

/ then leaded crystal would make sence

// everything else was run off of nuclear reactors; why not cola factories
 
2013-05-13 03:25:17 PM  
I just want to know what's so GOD DAMN SPECIAL about Mello-Yello that they are too GOOD for a diet version.  Diet Mtn Dew comes in a mainline drip around my office, and no one even really prefers it, they just settle for it when they switch to diet.   And that's not even taking into account Pepsi's new dew formula, which isn't as good as the old formula.
 
2013-05-13 03:25:23 PM  
Only an idiot would spend another dollar on a Coke when you can make it in your own damn kitchen in a matter of hours/days.
 
2013-05-13 03:25:40 PM  
The secret ingredient is an oil made from orange rinds. Which is why Coke spun off minute-made orange juice, they were already processing the oranges.
 
2013-05-13 03:25:45 PM  

whither_apophis: It's cinnamon. And stuff made up in a lab in NJ.


Yep.
 
2013-05-13 03:26:35 PM  
I recall reading about the recipe for Coke some years ago. Somebody had reverse engineered a recipe that was pretty close to the original.

Although it is impossible to confirm any such claim, it is possible to produce a cola very close to Coke. Pepsi certainly managed that. I'm not sure my aging taste buds could pass the taste test and I don't care. I buy Coke, Pepsi, RC Cola, Jones, or the better house brands indifferently. The main thing is that it be cold and fizzy and bland.

The recipe I saw consisted largely of water, sugar, CO2, cola flavor, citric acid, phosphoric acid, lemon oil, neroli oil, vanilla, etc.

Coke buys most of the Madagascar vanilla crop so that's a fairly important ingredient even before "Vanilla Coke" was invented.

Coke will never admit anybody got it just right (because the mystery is part of the brand, like the "secret" sauce at McDonald's and the secret herbs and species at KFC) but there are many sources of recipes that approximate to commercial brand products. You can buy whole books of them.

The 11 secret herbs and spices used to make KFC chicken are pepper, salt, oregano, thyme, parsley, paprika, salt, rosemary, sage, salt, salt, er, salt, how many is that? celery salt, majoram, salt, some other kind of salt, salt, salt, salt, and Spam(TM).

I am really, really sure about the salt.

The secret sauce is just tartar sauce, which, as I have pointed out before, can be made at home using mayonnaise, green relish and dried green onion flakes (or fresh if you've got them, but use a tiny, tiny amount finely chopped in that case because it's too strong).

The original Kentucky fried chicken recipe was allegedly the Colonel's Mother's own recipe, but it is based on a French original. First you soak the chicken in salt. Then you roll the chicken in salt. Then you par-boil the chicken in salt water. Then you add a ton of salt and the other herbs and spices. Or something very close to that.

The key is salt.

Did I mention salt?

You're not supposed to eat more than one gram (about a 30th of an ounce) of salt a day, but fast food will give you at least three times that in one meal.

This is why I include salt in the Seven White Deaths:  salt, sugar, oil, fat, starch, soya bean byproduct, and cotton. You can add monosodium glutamate if you like, although I am pretty sure it doesn't cause obesity. If it did, Asians would be shaped like barrage balloons.

I include cotton because it is heavily subsidized by the Government of the US and requires a lot of pesticides. Anything with that much Gubbermint support for rich corporations in the South must be poisonous. Then again, maybe Milo Mindbender is still putting it your food. They sure are doing wonders with cotton oil nowadays. Milo Mindbender would be proud.
 
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