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Coke for Breakfast August 12, 2008

Posted by alwaysjan in Food, Health.
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When my computer starts up in the morning, my husband likes to say, “That’s Jan booting up.” When I snap open the can of Coke that’s part of my not-so-balanced breakfast, he adds, “There’s the second sound that tells me she’s alive!” It’s pathetic, I know, but I’m a creature of habit. Besides, I’m a third generation Coca-Cola drinker.

I never knew my dad’s mom, as she died when he was a teenager. But he inherited her sterling silver coffee urn and liked to tell how she kept it filled with Coca-Cola. I thought this might have been because back then, it WAS the real thing. But Wikipedia set me straight. Although the formula for Coca-Cola was originally intended as a patent medicine (and did once contain an estimated 9 mg. of cocaine per glass), the “real thing” was removed in 1903. So my grandmother wasn’t a junkie – not unless that’s what YOU call someone who enjoys a Coke for breakfast. (For additional “Cokelore,” click here.)

The other story that was oft repeated about my grandmother was what happened when her daughter, after an argument, announced she was leaving home. My grandmother said, if that were the case, her daughter would leave the same way she arrived. She then proceeded to strip her naked and shove her out the front door. I think I would have had a lot more in common with my grandmother than just our love of Coca-Cola.

My mother liked to drink Coke. But once she switched to diet, I had no choice but to disown her. There’s only so much one can take and I don’t do diet. Really, my highly evolved taste buds can taste the difference.

When I was growing up, you could order a cherry Coke at the soda fountain and watch them squirt in the cherry syrup. It’s not the same in a can, so I don’t do Cherry Coke either. My friend, Kristina, likes to tease me that I’m old school as I’m the only one at school who keeps a Coca-Cola Classic in the fridge. At least I don’t have to worry about anyone else drinking it.

I actually drank Dr. Pepper for years. But after I was pregnant, I developed a craving for Coke. We were living in New York City when New Coke was introduced on April 23, 1985. This was a red letter date, as all dates pertaining to Coca-Cola are “red letter” dates. My taste buds knew instantly that New Coke was just a sad-ass version of Pepsi. What I loved about Coca-Cola was its battery acid tang.

Disgusted, I switched back to Dr. Pepper and cultivated a friendship with a woman whose husband managed the Gramercy Park Hotel, because the hotel had a stockpile of “old” Coke. It was like Prohibition, only the stakes were higher. When the New Coke fiasco ended (a little less than three months later on July 10th), old Coke was re-christened Coca-Cola Classic. Ah! It was back to my daily 14 ounces of sugar, caramel syrup, and caffeine – which I personally think deserves its own category on the food pyramid.

Yeah, I’ve heard all the stories about how, if you put a metal spoon in a glass of Coke overnight, it will be eaten away by the morning. But, I have an iron-clad stomach and am of the opinion that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. So I take take my Coke like I take my vitamins – once a day.


1. mylesfromnowhere - August 12, 2008

I long for the days when I people defined themselves by the cola they drank and not where they buy their coffee…long live the cola wars…. oh yeah… Pepsi sucks


2. Catherine Sherman - August 12, 2008

A great story about your favorite caffeine delivery system…..My morning eye-opener, as you know, is a caffeine-saturated brew from my old dependable, Cafe Bustelo. I’m glad that Dr. Pepper is your fallback drink.(No Coke for me!) I’m a Pepper, too. Diet, though. The bouquet of the prunes is enhanced by the phenylalanine in the aspartame.

Let it be known that I swing both ways. My morning Coke is immediately followed by an iced espresso with milk and a splash of almond syrup, which I swill on the way to school. Jan


3. sweetiegirlz - August 15, 2008

Morning Coke, afternoon Coke, Night Coke, Oh, now, there’s gotta be something in that stuff that makes it soooo good and addicting. Like you, I need my morning to run perfectly with it! Haha. I’m in the process of reading your very long blogs on NPD. I believe my mom to be affected by this, for YEARS and still probably is. I’ve blogrolled you and I’ll be keeping in touch….Thanks.


4. My Keyboard is Toast « planetjan - January 10, 2010

[…] good care of it – no toast crumbs or spilled Coke on the keyboard from my breakfast.  (See Coke for Breakfast.)  I thought this was thoughtful on the computer’s part and fully intended to clean up my […]


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