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On April 23, 1985, Coca-cola released New Coke. Whether it was a marketing ploy or not, I’m still bummed that I didn’t get to try it!


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Hold off a couple of days on cleaning out the fridge. Make sure a couple of containers of leftovers have their lids popped open. Open a can of Coke and place it in the fridge. After two days, drink it. It’s been a long time since I tasted it, but I think this will give you a close approximation of what New Coke was like.

  2. You could try it today. Mix half a can of Pepsi with half a can of RC and you’ll get what, at the time, I theorized was the formula for New Coke. The sweetness was cloying in the way Pepsi is, the acidity was tamped down, and there was a bit of the cherry note I associated with RC.

    I was actually able to manage a blind tasting, because I had a couple of cases of old Coke (not THAT old) in the basement, so me and my buddies did a test. Our rigor could have been better, no doubt, but the main takeaway was that when we didn’t know what we were drinking, we weren’t too good at picking out which was which—especially after multiple tastings. Apparently a carbonated sugar blast with trace flavorings wreaks havoc on the taste buds.

  3. I also never got to try the New Coke. So my first exposure to it was watching some movie from 1985 that ref’d it, wondering what the hell is this?

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