It's Kosher Coca-Cola Time 2013!
Guess what time it is? It's Kosher Coke time again! I just ran over to Jewel to do the Pantene deal, and my manager said it's time to get those special-orders in if you'd like Kosher Coca-Cola this year! Some stores will stock it, but if yours doesn't plan to, you can place a special order for as many bottles as you'd like.
I'm often asked what, if anything, I'll pay full price for. Each time this year, I do a huge stock-up on one thing that's not only worth it, but has become something of an annual tradition for me -- Kosher-for-Passover Coca-Cola! I try to buy one bottle for each week of the year - and if I time it right, I'll be almost ready to run out around this time next year.
Those that know me well know of my love for classic Coke. Coke connoisseurs know that the original formula of Coca-Cola was made with cane sugar, and the flavor is unmatched with the HFCS-laden Coke of today. Most of the year, the only ways to get original-formula Coke is either to buy Mexican bottled Cokes at a grocer that carries them, or buy Canadian-bottled Coca-Cola when you're traveling north of the border. (Yes, I'm probably the only person who has brought cases of Coke back from Canada..!)
But this time of the year, each year, is anxiously awaited by myself and Coke-iphiles all over the country, because once a year, Coca-Cola bottles Kosher-for-Passover Coke... and it's made with natural sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup, as corn products are not kosher.
So, if you love Coke the way I do, and you want the original, delicious, BETTER Coke, look for the yellow-capped bottles designating them as Kosher for Passover. The labels also state "Original Formula" on them. Readers has already written to say that the Skokie, Dempster, Evanston Jewel-Oscos have it in stock right now.
If your store does not regularly keep a large variety of kosher products in stock, you can do what I do each year and ask your favorite Jewel-Osco to special-order you as much as you'd like. For me, that's enough to last you until NEXT Kosher-for-Passover Coke season!
If you DO plan to special order it, also make sure to pick it up promptly when it arrives -- not only will your store be more likely to accommodate your special orders in the future, they will also be happy not to be devoting floor space to your numerous bottles of Coke. :)