It’s back! The return of Vanilla Coke!

Back in November, I published a post (see here) about my favorite soda pop varieties and bemoaned the fact that my #1 favorite, Vanilla Coke, and several others had disappeared from the grocery store shelves early-on in the pandemic. Single 16.9 oz bottles of Vanilla Coke were occasionally offered in the pop cooler near the store’s pizza/prepared foods section, but it was missing in the soda aisle for an entire year.

Well, a few weeks ago, Vanilla Coke made an unexpected comeback at the grocery store. First came six-packs of 16.9 oz plastic bottles. Yahoo! I stocked up not knowing if the return was a temporary blip. A week later came the more-convenient twelve-packs of 12 oz aluminum cans (see photo above). Fantastic! Yes, friends, Vanilla Coke is back and I’m indulging, but don’t tell my MD!

23 thoughts on “It’s back! The return of Vanilla Coke!

    1. I never did drink a lot of Pepsi, maybe 20 bottles in my lifetime and it was fine. But I think I stick with Coke because that is what I was raised on. I can’t get past the artificial sweetener taste in diet sodas, but I imagine people get used to it after awhile.

      Coke isn’t able to boycott Georgia because its corporate headquarters are in Atlanta, but I know they did release a statement opposing the new voting legislation in Georgia. I’m trying to distance myself from these Left-Right political battles, not my concern.

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      1. I always apprecite your honesty, Tom! 👍🏻🙏🏻 You are correct-not our concern! Glory to God!!

        I can’t handle the sweet in regular sodas- remember Tab! I had an eating disorder from 8th grade to well past high school I drank that stuff like water and might eat a Snickers bar with it! All glory to our risen Lord for healing me of that problem, too!! 🙌

        Have a blessed day!!!

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      2. Thanks, Beth! While I try to distance myself from politics, I’m not always successful. But yeah, evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress who mix faith and politics get me riled (and also their ecumenism).

        Yes, there is SO much sugar in regular soda, close to 10 teaspoonfuls in a 12 oz can. So bad for people. I’ve been getting lax during the pandemic, but I need to limit my pop intake to a can or two a week (rather than a can per day).

        Thank you and have a blessed day in the Lord as well!


    1. RE: Too much news

      Me too! It’s very easy to get sucked in and I’m not immune. However, I attended a church for nine years back in the day that emulated Jerry Falwell and the pastor regularly preached politics from the pulpit and it got nauseating after awhile. It’s like nails on the chalkboard to me whenever I see/hear current versions like Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress.

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  1. Congrats on your soda! It’s now been 3 weeks that Nathan and I have stopped consuming added sugar and artificial sweeteners. I really hated life for quite a few days!!!! I missed my morning soda. This unsweetened iced tea fails in comparison but is getting easier. I always was “fruity tunes” but not having any ice cream etc has been a real exercise of discipline!

    How are you and Corinne?!?!

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    1. Hi Mandy! I really need to cut back my soda consumption from a can per day to 1-2 per week. Good for you eliminating the sugars/sweeteners, definitely not good for health. Ice cream was my pandemic crutch.

      Corinne and I are doing well, thanks, and I hope you and Nathan are also. Lots of driving around errands today and then more raking in the backyard. 70F and sunny, good day for it.

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      1. Thanks, Mandy! Our son and his crew are coming over tonight for a post- Resurrection Day get-together so Corinne is prepping. Hopefully all I have to do is pick up the pizza, I’m whipped after raking.

        Love and blessings to you both!

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  2. Two weeks ago I had a Vanilla Coke fountain drink and it was good! A brother I met with recommended it. I rarely drink soda since I feel my job puts me at risk with sitting too much. Have you enjoyed Vanilla Coke for sometime now?

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    1. I googled it and I see Vanilla Coke first came out in 2002, but I don’t think it was on the store shelves up here until well after that. I would guess my first VC was maybe 10-12 years ago and the supply has been sporadic over the years.

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    1. Thanks, Crissy! Nope, no t-shirt or cap for me. I’d be afraid my doctor would spot me wearing them around town then my secret bad health practices would no longer be secret! 😎

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  3. Ahhh Coke, I LOVE Coke, but I don’t drink it anymore! Highly superior to Pepsi, I think so anyway. Caffeinated soda was giving me rapid heartbeats in my latter years so I stopped drinking it. Plus I didn’t want to put on extra pounds. The restrictions of aging!

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    1. Yup, Cathy, I love Coke! Better than Pepsi in my estimation. And Vanilla Coke is superb. But, as you mentioned, soft drinks are so bad healthwise. I upped my intake during the pandemic but need to cut back again to a can or two a week.

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