We went to a barbecue Sunday night with Dana’s Green Group from Lakeland Community College. The usual carry-in party deal. Everybody contributed to the feast. Our contributions were Mexican Coke and Jamaican Cole Slaw.
Mexican Coca Cola has acquired somewhat of a cult following. Devotees say it has a better, fresher flavor because it is made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. It comes in these cool old timey glass bottles. We purchased a case of 24 at Sam’s Club in Mentor, Ohio, for $18.94. Most everybody at the party tried it. Some people drank more than one. I tried it. It does have a different flavor, not so biting, not so heavy. We discussed that the improved flavor could be due in part to it being in a glass bottle. If I were a Coca Cola addict I think I would prefer it, however I am a Diet Pepsi addict. I hear rumors that there is also Mexican Pepsi. Will have to visit my local Mexican Grocery/Taqueria Store and see if I can track some down.
Mexican Coca Cola has a Facebook page with over 3,000 fans. If you would like to find it in your area this is a good place to start. It appears that Kroger carries it in some markets, some Costco’s have it. My sister said she found it in the Mexican aisle at her grocery in Bradley, Illinois. The good folks at Coca-Cola insist their product tastes the same no matter if it is consumed from a soda fountain, can, plastic or glass bottle or whether it is made with cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup. I think most of us would disagree with this claim. Did you ever have Coke from the fountain at McDonald’s? Disgusting. I have no idea what they do to it but it does not taste like Coke from a can or bottle. And their Diet Coke tastes even worse.
Try conducting your own taste test with your friends and family. See if they can tell the difference. Be sure to check the labeling. In some markets even the Mexican Coca Cola now is showing up made with high fructose corn syrup.
Jamaican Cole Slaw
This is a simple dish, but oh so good! Most people go, Hmmmmm, when I recite the ingredients but the blend of flavors is always a hit. Didn’t take any photos, we were in a hurry and then it was consumed and gone before I knew it! So here’s the recipe – try it at your next barbecue!4 cups of sliced cabbage 1/4 cup shredded carrots 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp. sugar 1 tbps. cider vinegar 1 tbsp. jerk seasoning Mix the cabbage, carrots and walnuts. In a separate bowl, mix the mayo, sugar, cider vinegar and jerk seasoning. Pour over cabbage mix and gently stir. Allow to chill for 1 hour for best flavor. Hints and tips: I sometimes use 4-1/4 cups bagged cabbage/carrot mix for convenience. This dish does not work well with Splenda. You can use it but it will be a drier because the sugar breaks down the cabbage mix. You can use light mayo if you are eating it all the same day you make it. Since it is whipped, it collapses and turns into a runny mess.