Secret Jewish Coke

April 21, 2008

Things Mike learned today…

1. Some women like to smell like a concoction of hand lotion and feces.

2. An Xbox 360 carried under one arm for 30 minutes can be tiring.

E. There is Secret Jewish Coke!

I apologize if this statement may be politically incorrect but you see, I’m not political. So as I’m walking into work today I notice an email entitled, “It’s The Real Thing.” It’s contents have flipped my world on it’s head. The email proclaims that there are four 2-liter bottles of Passover Edition yellow capped Coke in the kitchen at the office. “What is this?!” I wondered aloud, no seriously, I said it out loud. Put a rising inflection on the “this” at the end to really get the gravity of my spoken proclamating question.

Upon arriving at work I downed my usual double daily dose of Vitamin water to get rid of that severely dehydrated feeling I have every morning. Thus forgetting about this holiest of holy liquid confection of god’s chosen people.

Later in the day, I headed into the kitchen in my usual run in hopes to find something marked as being for everyone, and that’s when I saw it… sitting in that little nook in the door. “Is this the fabled beverage of god’s chosen folk?” I wondered aloud… again. Yes, I did a lot of talking to myself today. I thoroughly inspected the bottle, trying to find the tell tale sign that this is not your every day 2 liter bottle of Coke. Honestly, it’s only the top of the cap that gives it away (look over yonder… no… yonder… yon.. dammit! Look up there!!)

In speaking with the guy that brought in this blessed carbonated beverage, I ask how one is supposed to know that this is “passover coke?” He said by the yellow cap. But to me, a yellow cap means nothing. Just about every bottle of Mt. Dew and Pepsi I ever see has a yellow cap on it. Have I been drinking kosher this whole time and been unaware? No. Don’t be silly. The only real tell tale sign is the Hebrew written on the top of the cap, and if you are familiar with the contents of the ingredients section on the side. Here is what I have found different between the two. Regular everyday Coke has high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. Secret Jew Coke has sucrose as a sweetener. It is my understanding that this has something to do with “levity” as my tour guide to all that is Kosher explained to me. (Again, seriously, if I’m offending anyone, please let me know. People I care about that is, the rest of you can go do something else.)

The label, it looks almost identical to any other Coke bottle you’ve ever seen. There were some slight design differences, but nothing so drastic that you would take notice while passing this in the aisle.

So how does it taste? It tastes like RC cola if you’ve ever had that. Yes, Royal Crown cola, the beverage of the royal.

The whole point of this is that there is this parallel recipe to such a common thing in the world, and I had no idea it existed! How did I not know about this?! Me?! The master of all knowledge that is useless and random!

Seriously, you gotta try this stuff.

Update: Apparently after calming down from my excitement in having to write about this, I’ve come to realize this stuff doesn’t predate yours truly. I can’t find an exact date of when it started but I’m going to assume it began in the mid to late 80’s as it was in ’85 when Coke stopped using sucrose and switched to HFCS which caused the issue with Coke during Passover.



  1. Does it come in diet? Caffine free? Cherry?

  2. That’s actually the sign of the Kosher Tax. Various Rabbi outfits have scammed all kinds of corporations, to get the “Kosher approval insignia” on all sorts of goods. It doesn’t really mean anything other than the producers is paying money to rabbis. And this fee is reflected in pricing to the general public. It’s a method in which The Tribe has been able to get the Goyisha (Gentiles – “cattle beast slaves”) to pay tribute.

  3. well. considering i’m from a jewish background, and can honestly say that what was written in the comment above is complete crap (apologies to whom this may be offensive).

    i don’t keep kosher or any other crap that the jewish religion dictates. but seriously, there are people who do believe and to whom this is important…

    what that stamp means is, in fact, that this product has been checked by a certain rabbi and – according to him – good to eat/drink on passover.

    people who observe the jewish religion eat/don’t eat certain things. and on passover, there are even more restrictions. so by putting these stamps on these food products means that the people who observe these religious laws CAN go ahead and consume whatever it may be.

    stupid? in my opinion yes. and totally unnecessary, too.

    but what can you do… i can also go on and on about how christianity, buddhism, islam and so many other religions are useless, pointless and stupid.

    but comments such as the ones made by “pearlgirl” up there are just plain ignorant.

  4. Damn, that was one funny read.

  5. Mexican coke is made with cane sugar too.

  6. “Mexican Coke” is the same as Kosher Coke. & here is a copy of when & where it came from. http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2007/03/13/kosher-for-passover-coke-its-the-real-thing-baby/

    (Originally posted on March 25, 2006)

    In April of 1985, the Coca-Cola company announced that it was re-formulating its flagship carbonated drink, which to the horror of Coke fans everywhere, included a switchover to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Soon, the rest of the soft drink industry followed suit, and the classic taste of cane sugar-based sodas became practically extinct. Today, only a few small boutique soft drink companies still make sodas with refined cane sugar (or sucrose, made from sugar beets) a costly ingredient when compared with HFCS — but true carbonated beverage connoisseurs know and can tell the difference, as corn syrup has a characteristically cloying sweetness when compared to refined sugar. For nostalgic Coca-Cola lovers, unless you live in a foreign country that classic taste is but a distant memory.

    Every late March and early April, for the two to three weeks leading up to the celebration of the Jewish Passover holiday season in the United States, Coke fans living in major metropolitan areas with large Jewish populations get their Real Thing, if only for that brief fleeting period. According to Jewish law, nothing made with chametz (any of a number of proscribed cereals and grains, including corn) during passover may be consumed — so in order not to lose sales from observant Jews during that eight day period, a small number of Coca-Cola bottlers make a limited batch of the original Coke formulation, using refined sugar. Needless to say, stocks run out quickly and fans of Passover Coke have been known to travel many miles seeking out supermarkets with remaining caches.

  7. Man you offend me, but that has nothing to do with this post.

    Honestly its the Smell.

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