Could This Be Real? The Secret Coca-Cola Formula Finally Uncovered

by onMarch 27, 2016

The Secret Coke Formula Is One of The Most Heavily Guarded Secrets In The World


A group of soda enthusiast may have just stumbled onto the secret recipe/ingredients. Finding an old copy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1979, they noticed a page that had something pretty important in it.

A photo from the February 18, 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, showing the original recipe for Coca-Cola. The final recipe, we believe, is in the right hand column. The 7X formula is below the horizontal line, the other ingredients above. – This American Life

Photo of The Original Coca-Cola Recipe

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Not only did they discover the recipe in the Atlanta newspaper, they also got in contact with one of Coca-Colas archivists ‘Phil Mooney’. After an interview, he sent them another recipe. Originally coming from Joe Jacobs (owner of the shop where Coke was first served) Mooney seemed to think it was the shop owners best attempt at recreating the original Coke formula. Certainly still helpful insight.

Secret Coca-Cola Recipe From Joe Jacobs (Owner Of The Shop That First Served Coke)

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The ingredients of Joe’s are extremely similar to the one found in the newspaper, with only a few differences. This one has prune juice, clover and kola nut.

This American Life also received one final recipe, sent by a man claiming to have found the original. He states that it may be different from the one currently in use, but tweaking it would result in the same taste.

Original Coca Cola Recipe letter

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Here’s the recipe he sent

Original Coca-Cola Recipe

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After gathering all this information, This American Life set out to do what many have wanted to do. They got in touch with Sovereign Flavors and recreated Coke! Testing with both experts and ordinary citizens, it was a close call with many people unable to differentiate the two tastes.

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An Average Consumer Tastes The Recreated Coke

Man Trying A Recreated Version Of Coca-Cola

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So all in all, has the recipe for Coca-Cola ben discovered!? Well, This American Life stated:

We are not claiming that we have found the recipe used today for Coca-Cola. We believe we found a recipe that is either the original recipe made by the inventor of Coke, John Pemberton, or a version of Coca-Cola that he made either before or after the product hit the market in 1886. We believe that because it was found in the notebook of his friend, on a page entitled “Coco-Cola recipe improved,” and because it was found in Pemberton’s own notebook, in Coca-Cola’s archives.

Without further adieu, here’s the recipe!

Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP
Citric acid: 3 oz
Caffeine: 1 oz
Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity)
Water: 2.5 gal
Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart
Vanilla: 1 oz
Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color

The secret 7X flavor (use 2 oz of flavor to 5 gals syrup):
Alcohol:  8 oz
Orange oil: 20 drops
Lemon oil: 30 drops
Nutmeg oil: 10 drops
Coriander: 5 drops
Neroli: 10 drops
Cinnamon: 10 drops

References: TIME – TAL

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