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This American Life discovers Coke secret formula

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 18, 2011

Well, sorta kinda maybe almost not really discovered it. But the story is still well worth a listen…I’ve never heard Ira Glass quite so on-the-edge-of-his-seat giddy.

Coke Recipe

The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. So we were surprised to come across a 1979 newspaper article with what looked like the original recipe for Coke. Talking to historian Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, we were even more surprised when we found reasons to believe the recipe is real.

If you’d like to mix up your own batch of Coca-Cola, here’s the original recipe and instructions.

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