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    The recipe for Coca-Cola is secret?

    The recipe for Coca-Cola is secret?

    The composition and exact proportions of the famous American soda is known to some people in the world. That's why he has this inimitable taste. A story almost as beautiful as that of Santa, which The Coca-Cola Company takes great care to maintain. 

    The recipe for Coca-Cola is locked in a safe in Atlanta, at the World of Coca-Cola, the brand's museum. But in reality, all that would be marketing and attraction for tourists. The secret formula is of course locked in the armored basements of Sun Trust Bank. The tale is pleasant, but none of these claims is true. And while we're at it, why not at Fort Knox? While Atlanta is the city where the multinational sits, the treachery of the safe under the bank was invented by Robert Woodruff, the boss of the company between 1923 and 1954.

    Corollary of the so-called secret jealously guarded, only three or four employees in the world would know the exact formula of the soda. Second consequence of this sweet paranoia, all bottles would be shipped from the United States, again, not to fan the process of making the precious beverage.

    A formula that has evolved over time

    That the aura of mystery that surrounds Coca is dispelled once and for all: both the ingredients and the exact proportions that compose it are known. At a time when spectrometers make it possible to determine the composition of the atmosphere of Saturn, the opposite would have been surprising, no? Chromatography has long since revealed the secrets of Coca. And the manufacturing process is not a mystery either.

    According to journalist William Reymond, author of Coca-Cola, the banned survey (Flammarion, 2006) quoted by Rue 89, "any lab is able to produce the recipe, but it is not the recipe that makes the success."

    The formula has evolved over time. The original, that of John Stith Pemberton's "French Wine Coca", a pharmacist from Atlanta in the 19th century, is easily accessible on the Internet. If it is reproducible, it must be kept in mind that this preparation has nothing to do with the current drink and that several variants have existed.

    The original recipe also posed two problems. On the one hand, it contained alcohol. It was only later, because of the prohibition decreed in 1886 in Atlanta, that a sweet syrup came to replace the "wine" of origin. On the other hand, the 1886 formula contained 8.46 mg of cocaine. This explosive mixture, which one would like to believe that it possessed stimulating virtues, is obviously no longer relevant. According to an enthusiast of this soda that devotes a site, the recipe of 1906 had already significantly lowered the concentration of cocaine.

    In 1985, the company had renewed the formula with its "New Coke", a bitter failure before a quick return to the original.

    Variants of the same recipe according to the country

    The other axis of variation of the composition of Coca-Cola is geographical. Like other products, noted Courrier International by taking over a study of the Slovak Consumer Association in 2011, the taste varies from country to country. If the base syrup stays the same everywhere, the added sugar may vary from country to country. In Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia, isoglucose (or glucose-fructose syrup) is used in place of the usual glucose. Obtained especially from corn starch, it is cheaper but is known to promote type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    Recently, Coca-Cola Life hit the headlines. Because if it uses stevia, it reduces by only 36% the sugar content of all, the equivalent of four pieces of sugar against seven.

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