How Do You Want Your Coke?
by Felice Prager
Nowadays, a walk down the beverage aisle in the supermarket will bring you to a wide assortment of flavors for carbonated beverages.
Besides the regular and diet versions of those bubbly and sometimes addictive creations, companies like the Coca Cola® Company and the Pepsi® Company have ventured into adding cherry, lemon, vanilla, and lime to these beverages to make theirs the more desirable product.
There is Diet Coke® with regular aspertane and Diet Coke® with Splenda® as well. The generic brands, in their less expensive copycat fashion, have borrowed from the brands and created their own colas – diet and regular, and have also added their own versions of lemon/lime to copy 7Up® and others to copy Dr. Pepper®.
Some grocery stores carry grapefruit soda, strawberry soda, ginger ale, orange soda, grape soda, and a variety of other flavors.
But back in the Fifties, life, indeed, was simpler. I remember Coke®. I am not sure if it was Coca Cola® Coke® or Pepsi®, but that was the choice and there was little variation. In addition, having a carbonated beverage was a treat.
Today when I see a sale on soda, I find myself stocking up on 12 packs of Dr. Pepper® for my kids and Diet Coke® with Splenda® for myself. “Whatever happened to good old-fashioned Coke®?” my husband has asked when I forget to get his flavor of choice.
He has also been known to say things like, “Whatever happened to good old-fashioned milk?” but when he says that, we all look at him like he’s crazy.
That’s not to say that Coke® didn’t have its variations in the Fifties. There are two drinks in particular that stand out in my memory, and both are probably responsible for my eventual wider-than-average waistline.
THE CHOCOLATE COKE®
I grew up believing everyone knew what a Chocolate Coke® was, but I was apparently wrong. I have mentioned Chocolate Coke®s in mixed company and have found that I’m teaching people something brand new.
There are a number of ways to make a Chocolate Coke®, but there is only one way to make the TRUE Chocolate Coke®.
Pour about three to five tablespoons of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup in a glass. Pour in ice cold Coke®. It is best when the Coke® comes from a soda fountain, but as that is not always easy to come across, especially in the average kitchen, canned or bottled Coke® will do, as long as it is cold.
Do not use ice. If the Coke® is not very cold, it will not be perfect. Stir the Coke® and chocolate syrup like crazy. Put in a straw and drink. The amount of chocolate can vary. Some people like their Chocolate Coke®s more chocolately than others do. A straw is necessary, but burping is optional.
As an aside, there are those who think you can substitute Diet Coke® in this drink and get the same results, but a true gourmand would never allow this. A true gourmand will use only Coke® and no substitutes.
I have been surprised that this isn’t one of the new flavors the Coca Cola® Company has released. But one never knows…
THE CHOCOLATE (BROWN) COW
Like the Chocolate Coke®, the fact that more people do not know about the Chocolate (Brown) Cow has always surprised me. I grew up with these in the Fifties. But there are those who missed it, and that’s a shame.
Once again, substituting Diet Coke® or a generic product is a sin. You can do it, but NEVER tell anyone. The same thing is true about the chocolate ice cream.
Some might choose to use a low fat ice cream, low carb ice cream, or ice cream substitute. It just won't do. Who are you fooling anyway?
Pour a glass of ice cold COKE® but leave room at the top so keep it about ¾ filled. Do not use ice. Put the glass on a dish as this tends to over flow. Add one or two scoops of chocolate ice cream to the Coke®.
Stir a little before adding a straw and drinking. The ice cream will slowly melt as you drink, thus leaving the last few sips of this carbonated ice cream drink to be the best.
Studies have been done as to which is better, adding the Coke® to the ice cream or adding the ice cream to the Coke®. I find there is less spillage with the Coke® coming first, but they taste the same.
There are also those, thinking back to their days in the Fifties who will remember Root Beer Floats – the difference here is adding Vanilla Ice Cream to Root Beer.
And don’t forget the whipped cream!
Regardless of your beverage choice, they are all reminiscent of days gone by and fond memories for those of us who remember drinking them.
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