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Where to find it: Coca-Cola made in Mexico 

Devotees of the taste of original Coca-Cola, and other soft drinks like Dr. Pepper, prefer the taste of cane sugar to the taste of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which has been used to sweeten U.S. soft drinks for more than a generation. Anyone who was born after 1984 may not have had the opportunity to savor the original taste profile of these popular American sodas unless you've bought bottles of Coca-Cola from specific bottlers in the U.S., such as those in Cleveland and parts of Pennsylvania or Dr. Pepper bottled in Dublin, Texas. These bottlers never changed the flavor profile and have consistently used the original recipes with pure cane sugar. Additionally, Classic Coke labeled "kosher for Passover" is also not sweetened with HFCS.

Recently, major food companies have decided that although HFCS may be a cheaper sweetening agent, more consumers are wary of ingesting this product. Last spring, Heinz began marketing a HFCS-free ketchup and Hunt's removed HFCS from all of its lines of ketchups. Currently, the companies which manufacture HFCS are considering a name change.

The Coca-Cola bottled in Mexico uses cane sugar to sweeten the beverage. Many Latino markets in the area carry Coca-Cola made in Mexico and occasionally warehouse clubs like Costco have carried it, but recently The Fresh Market (4223 Providence Road; 7625 Pineville/Matthews Road; 20623 Torrence Chapel Road in Cornelius) has been selling glass bottles of Coca Cola made in Mexico (4 for $5). Coca-Cola made in Mexico typically sells for more than Coke made in the U.S., but it's growing in popularity.

Looking for a food you can't find? Or do you know of other food items unique to the Q.C.? Whether it's regional foods or international, talk to me: tricia.childress@creativeloafing.com or 704-522-8334, extension 136.

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