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June 5th, 2002

Vanilla Coke

After a lot of searching, I finally got to try the new Vanilla Coke. The day that it came out, I hit 7-11, Giant, and Target, and none of them had any in stock. Fortunately, this past weekend, Pinger Matt and I were on a road trip and when he went into a 7-11 to pick up some bottled water, he spied a Vanilla Coke and grabbed me one.

I’ve long enjoyed handmade vanilla Cokes — at the cafeteria in college using vanilla coffee syrup and at the old Harwan Theatre in New Jersey, so I was curious to see if they got the right balance of vanilla and regular-Coke-crap. The verdict: a reserved thumbs up.

I enjoyed the soda — moreso than regular Coke. The straight cola taste has worn a little thin, even with all its slight variations and incarnations, and I rarely drink it. There’s no doubt that Vanilla Coke has a “different” taste to it. And there is a hint of vanilla, and while I liked the taste, I could have done with a bit more vanilla… a more pronounced flavor, if you will.

It’s worth checking out, though. And I hope it sticks around longer than Crystal Pepsi and New Coke.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 12:42:05 am
Make your own with regular Coke and non-alcoholic vanilla extract (usually the cheapest at any grocery store) for MAXIMUM VANILLA FLAVORING!!!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 1:30:48 am
When sipping your vanilla coke listend to Organized Confusion's "Thirteen," rock-rock on with your badself.

DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 1:33:27 am
Have to disagree on this one--it's dreck. Almost puked on the first (and last) sip.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 8:30:43 am
The thing I noticed about Vanilla Coke is that it's super duper sugary. But I like the vanilla taste (always have) and would seek it out if I was in a Coke-like mood. Pretty good.

FROM: Scott R
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 8:45:25 am
I like the vanilla coke but I have to admit I fear for the life of the stuff. In a contemporary world where we see new sodas come and go in mere months, I truely hope that more people will appreciate the value of the vanilla coke. I love the stuff and would be addicted to it but I know that the second I get just too far the apathy for the product that is shown by the masses will unfortunately doom me to a life without the beautiful and vanilla flavored burp causing beverage. In any event I love the vanilla coke.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 9:11:14 am
Have to agree with Robert, make your own. I tried the Diet Coke with Lemon recently - it sucks. I will continue to cut a lemon wedge and squeeze it into my diet coke. Some things just can't be automated.

FROM: Diva
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 9:24:14 am
Vanilla Coke ROCKS! I found it a few days after it's release and stocked up after one sip. I think it will be around for good-check out their praise letters on DO like it! I won't argue that making your own is awesome, but if I'm at work or on the road and have a taste for it, it's not like I have a bottle of vanilla handy, ya know?

FROM: corey [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 10:48:20 am
i likes it... kristy picked up a bunch of them the day it came out.

it's no 'goolrich's drugstore' vanilla coke, but it's better than the plain stuff

FROM: Chevvone ( the Phantom Pinger)
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 2:26:16 pm
It tastes like Drinking a Coke right after eating a container of Duncan Hines Vanilla Frosting... It's okay.... But I prefer Dasani or Aquafina.

FROM: Scott R
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 5:41:02 pm
The Crystal Pepsi and the new coke were flops, this is true, but my friends, what I'm afraid of is that our beloved vanilla coke may sufer the same fate as not many people seem to be taking a liking to it on a broad scale. This would suck as I can officially say that I am a vanilla coke a holic. If the vanilla coke were to go down like the others have I might just die- I need the vanillaness. For the record the lemon pepsi has gone down- I think-

FROM: Viren
DATE: Saturday June 8, 2002 -- 9:00:47 pm
I think I'll stick with my favorite version of vanilla coke -- a shot of Stoli's Vanilla Vodka and a can of coke.

FROM: me
DATE: Wednesday June 12, 2002 -- 5:01:53 am
its.. interesting, but i dont like it much, i mean, what do you drink coke with? fast food! burgers, fries and pizza! but, we cant drink VANILLA coke w/ those, it would just be sick! i say stick to regualr, mmm!

FROM: King Random
DATE: Saturday June 15, 2002 -- 10:00:00 pm
I have to agree with me on this one. I think the Vanilla Coke is ok, but not great, and it really doesn't go with anything. I am a big fan of REAL root beer, and not many people go for that either. Oh well, any soda that someone likes, I will support. Although you all heard about the racism suit against coke, right? Coke got sued for being racist against black people and not letting them advance in the work place, and the like. I have decided that I will try not to buy thier products whenever possible.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 3:50:47 pm
Just tried it today. Tastes like creme soda aka vanilla pop. A coworker chimed in that vanilla coke is actually a throwback to one of coke's original and long abandoned former recipes. I have enhanced the flavore of coke on my own with a drop or two of vanilla extract, and I have found the artificial variety smoother for beverages, while the real stuff is better for baking. Vanilla Coke as made by Coke has too much vanilla--you can't taste the cola behind it. Not much cola taste in coke to begin with (or pepsi for that matter). Future ping topic perhaps: anyone remember Like Cola? Now that was real cola taste, baby.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday June 30, 2002 -- 10:48:31 am
7-Eleven now has Vanilla Coke "on tap" (that is, in the fountain). I tried it and, I'm disappointed to note, it didn't seem as good as the bottled version. To me it almost had a strange cherry-vanilla-cola flavor happening... and while it was okay, I'd prefer the bottle.

King Random: got any info on that lawsuit? I'd be interested in reading about it.

Joseph: People who like Like, like Like! There's still a Like billboard painted onto a side of a building near the suburb where I grew up. I'll have to snap a photo and share it with the class.

FROM: Mike B.
DATE: Thursday July 4, 2002 -- 10:05:40 am
Vanilla Coke is something you get tired of pretty quickly. Most people are trying it and having a neutral feeling towards it. I liked it for the first week--but then it became...sick. Like nausea after half a bottle. I'll have it now and again I guess.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Tuesday July 9, 2002 -- 11:22:23 pm
Gotta go against you. Crystal Pepsi was fantastic. My family was so hooked on it, we stockpiled it right before they took it off the shelves. We were still drinking two litres of it a year later. I miss Crystal Pepsi :(

Also, do you remember the SNL parody of it, "Crystal Gravy"? Hilarious.

FROM: Logic 3:16
DATE: Saturday October 12, 2002 -- 11:50:35 pm
I find the flavor of Vanilla Coke actually varies between different size bottles. For some reason, in small 1 pint-size bottles it tastes great and fizzy, but in large bottles it's pretty flat and yucky.

FROM: robbi
DATE: Monday April 7, 2003 -- 9:39:52 am
Vanila Coke is really off. what i really noticed is that it goes flat after about 3 minutes of opening the can or bottle. unless you drink it in the first min it'll make you puke.
as for the vanilla it has a really off feel to it. its almost like the flavour isnt there and i only taste it when inhaling the drink.
its going to die out just like any other coca cola introduction flop (new coke, cherry coke) its all a big marketing hype getting people to 'reward their curiosity', once everyones done that im sure it wont be selling

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday April 7, 2003 -- 10:41:50 am
I don't know about that, Robbi... it seems to have already outlasted other fad colas (with the exception of Cherry Coke -- I thought this was still available?), and it has a lot of history behind it, which should help its longevity.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday April 7, 2003 -- 12:15:33 pm
Cherry Coke is still available. I'm pretty sure Vanilla Coke is here to stay, especially with the introduction of Diet Vanilla Coke.

(Also, I think this post will look odd in 5 years if it's not around. "I think Rubik's Cube is here to stay!")

FROM: elvis l
DATE: Monday March 8, 2004 -- 5:18:25 am

FROM: Eric
DATE: Wednesday August 16, 2006 -- 10:14:56 pm
OK so it is gone now. The black cherry vanilla is terrible. I am sitting here sipping a glass from one of my last couple of 2 Liters that I stockpiled. I was hoping it would return by now. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!

Anonymous August 21, 2007, 2:47 pm

Aussies have been stiffed on every other flavour, but we still have Vanilla Coke and Diet Vanilla Coke – and they’re awesome.

Chris June 6, 2008, 2:36 pm

Vanilla coke is back and here to stay.

Ryan June 6, 2008, 2:37 pm

Was it gone? Didn’t even realize.

nathan September 13, 2008, 9:58 pm

I used to love vanilla coke but now that they have taken it off I missed it. So the other day I thought about mixing vanilla extract (the cheap kind works fine) into coke (regular works best) if you put a tablespoon of extract into an 8 oz or 250 ml glass it tastes like vanilla coke. hope this helps. 🙂

j.j. March 18, 2009, 9:37 pm

you sir are an absolute fat headed discrace of the human race and coke original will always be the best cola in the world and whill never “grow thin”.

p.s. you suck

Ryan March 18, 2009, 9:45 pm

It never whill?

fat head

Kyle April 11, 2009, 5:10 pm

well Paul its been 6 years and its not around, they need to bring it back!!!!

J.J. ….JAbronie!!!

Platty July 4, 2011, 7:23 pm

Vanilla Coke was the best drink I have ever had (non-alcoholic) and unfortunately they don’t sell it anymore luckily there are a few odd sites that sell it but at twice the price that they used to be. After about 8 years of not being able to get it, it was well worth the price.

Expensive but worth it for those people that want the original vanilla coke again 🙂

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