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.
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