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Could This Be Coca-Cola’s Secret Formula?

The secret formula for Coca-Cola has always been one of the most heavily-guarded secrets in the world. It’s up there with Roswell, The Moon Landings, The Kraby Patty recipe, and anything to do with Kennedy’s. We have big news to announce!

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Over the weekend, producers from the public radio show “This American Life” said they stumbled across the formula when they were digging through 32-year-old archives of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution”.

On February 18th, 1979, there’s an article about Coca-Cola founder John Pemberton, with some photos of his hand-written journal. And one of them shows what they believe is the secret formula for Coke. It’s been right there, all along.

Heres what they think it may be according to the Times, here’s the main syrup:

-Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP. (‘USP’ stands for United States Pharmacopeia . . . they set standards for the preparation of medicine.)

-Citric acid: 3 ounces

-Caffeine: 1 ounce

-Sugar: 30 (30 what? The quantity on that one remains a mystery.)

-Water: 2.5 gallons

-Lime juice: 2 pints, one quart

-Vanilla: 1 ounce

-Caramel: 1.5 ounce or more, for color

The secret “7X” flavor Every five gallons of syrup gets two ounces of flavor.

-Alcohol: 8 ounces

-Orange oil: 20 drops

-Lemon oil: 30 drops

-Nutmeg oil: 10 drops

-Coriander: 5 drops

-Neroli: 10 drops

-Cinnamon: 10 drops

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