Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Coca-Cola - the not so secret recipe

The photo published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1979 that reportedly shows the recipe for Coca-Cola: Picture: This American Life

Not that it really matters, but a US radio show' says it has discovered the secret recipe for Coca-Cola.

Supposedly there's a 32-year-old article with the secret formula.
Coca-Cola says the main ingredients used are no secret:
"The ingredients used in our beverages are listed on the product labels and many people have tried over time to crack the secret formula of Coca-Cola," said a spokesperson.
"That secret combination of ingredients holds a special place in the history and mythology of Coca-Cola – something we continue to celebrate as we mark our 125th anniversary this year."

See the "secret recipe" below

The secret recipe, which can only be mixed by two Coca-Cola executives in the world, reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Coca Cola’s secret ingredient, "Merchandise 7X".

Even though we are only talking about 1 per cent of the drink's total formula, Merchandise 7X is what gives the popular soft drink its unique taste.

Rumored to be under guard 24 hours a day in a vault, the official Coca-Cola recipe has been one of the most closely guarded trade secrets since the popular soft drink was concocted by medicinal chemist John Pemberton in 1886.

Okay, here it is, the not so secret recipe:

Fluid extract of coca: 3 drams USP

Citric acid: 3 oz (3 oz = 84.9 g)

Caffeine: 1 oz (1 oz = 28.3 g)

Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity, possibly pounds)

Water: 2.5 gallons (2.5 gal = 9.46 L)

Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart

Vanilla: 1 oz (1 oz = 28.3 g)

Caramel: 1.5 oz (1.5 oz = 42.5 g) or more to colour

Into every five gallons of syrup, add 2oz (2 oz = 56.6 g) of the following seven-part flavouring:

Alcohol: 8 oz (8 oz = 226 g)

Orange oil: 20 drops

Lemon oil: 30 drops

Nutmeg oil: 10 drops

Coriander oil : 5 drops

Neroli oil: 10 drops

Cinnamon oil: 10 drops

For your edifice: 1 dram = 3.55mL and 1mL = 20 drops.