Happy Sunday, everyone!
Every Wednesday, blogging buddy Aaron over at The Confusing Middle posts a “Sunday Scribblings” prompt for other bloggers to ponder and respond to on the following Sunday. If you’re a blogger looking for more inspiration, I highly recommend jumping in and joining in on the fun!
This week’s prompt is: Coca-Cola!
I have written previously about my love of fountain soda, particularly fountain Coke. I honestly don’t enjoy soda enough to find canned or bottled soda remotely appealing, but sometimes, I just need a fountain Coke. When studying abroad in France, I stooped so low as to go to the local McDonald’s to get a fountain soda. Seriously, everywhere else kept giving me cans and bottles. WHY?!
Now that Wawa has those fountain machines that can dispense any Coke including the best one (Vanilla Coke), it’s easy to get the best of the best ever whenever I want it. The universe is always listening to our needs. It’s an important lesson to remember.
When I read that Coca-Cola was the prompt for this week, I figured that I had written all that I could about the topic. Fountain is best, dumb American eating McDonalds in France, Vanilla Coke is the most amazing Coke flavor, etc.
So I did what any rational person would do in this situation. I turned to my fiancé and said “tomorrow, we’re going to Wawa to buy every single kind of Coke and taste test them.”
Because let’s be honest, there are way too many types of Coca-Cola. Like Oreos, they took a classic, then made it better with some new flavors (Vanilla for Coke, Peanut Butter or Chocolate for Oreos), but then continued to make new flavors until they simply went TOO FAR.
The first Wawa we went to unfortunately didn’t have the Coke syrup in the fountain, so I couldn’t get any of the fountain flavors there. I could’ve gotten Diet or Coke Zero or whatever, but the diet sodas don’t interest me, really. Plus, then there would be way too many. There were already going to be too many sodas to try without adding the several (80-ish, I’m guessing) diet flavors.
I went to the back of the store and bought some bottles instead: Vanilla, Cherry, Cherry Vanilla, and something that was labeled as “Space Flavored.”
Okay, so if you didn’t agree before that they’ve taken the flavors too far, do you agree now? Space flavored? I mean, c’mon. Who am I, Jeff Bezos? And what is “space” supposed to taste like, anyway!? This name gives me literally NO indication of taste…
Luckily for me, there’s another Wawa up the street from that first Wawa (gotta love South Jersey). I told Dan that he had to take me to another Wawa so I could get the other Coke flavors that are only available with the fountain.
He agreed, then we argued all the way to the Wawa on whether or not the fountain machine is called the “Freestyle.” I assumed that Dan was making that name up. I was incorrect.
1 point for Dan…in the 5 years of our relationship. I guess I can give this one up.
There were 4 Coke flavors that I hadn’t already purchased in the fountain: Orange Vanilla, Raspberry, Lemon, and Lime. We filled 4 small cups and lined them up in a row.
Now the challenge would be keeping them straight until I got home and could mark them up with a Sharpie. As Dan went to find us a cup carrier, I dug through my purse for a pen. Maybe I could write the flavor on a napkin and wrap each soda with a different napkin? Of course, I couldn’t find my pen…oh well! I figured I’d just MacGyver it instead…
I wrapped one soda with a Wawa napkin, one with an unused honeygrow napkin from my purse, one with a disposable mask, and one with an empty Ziploc that I found in my purse. Perfect! Now we could tell them apart!
Once home, we did a taste test of the flavors. I should note here that after having COVID, my taste isn’t still quite right, but I still feel like I got enough of the taste to judge them. Here’s my take:
Orange Vanilla: Orange creamsicle mixed with coke. Pointless. Just drink one or the other.
Raspberry: Disgusting. Pointless. Just dump it out.
Lemon: Basically tasted the same as normal Coke but with a slight zing? Pointless. Just add lemon to your coke if you really want the lemon flavor.
Lime: Pretty much tasted the same as normal Coke, just a big sweeter? Pointless. Just drink Pepsi.
Starlight (“space flavored”): Tasted like sugar…? It’s a magenta color, and it really just kinda tasted magenta. When a bunch of us tried it, some people said it tasted like cotton candy and some said it tasted like birthday cake flavoring. Pointless. Just eat cake.
Cherry: Just a touch of cherry flavoring with Coke. Cherry-flavored everything is pointless. Except Dum Dums for some reason. Cherry Dum Dums are delicious. Just eat one of those instead.
Cherry Vanilla: A slight improvement to the regular cherry with the vanilla flavoring, but there’s still cherry in there. Pointless. Just drink Vanilla Coke.
Vanilla: Perfection. No notes.
No surprise here, but Vanilla Coke is the best and will always be the best. I remember when I was younger, you could order a Coca-Cola that came with vanilla syrup on the side at the local Friendly’s. That Vanilla Coke was amazing. It doesn’t look like they have this available anymore, but it was one of the best parts of my childhood, for sure.
Since today is Mother’s Day, go out and get your mom a Vanilla Coke to show her how much you appreciate her…unless she sucks, in which case, I recommend Raspberry Coke.
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom (the Vanilla Coke of moms) and all the other moms out there!