For those who love real-sugar Coke, it’s time to snap up the delicious yellow-capped stuff again! Kosher-for-Passover Coca-Cola is again in stores as Passover draws near. For the first time in many years though, I’m not placing my annual, year-long order at Jewel — although your local Jewel-Osco store will likely be more than happy to help you stock up.
This is a photo of my stock-up from last year — and my regular readers know just how much I’ve looked forward to this time of year, each year, year after year. However, after switching to a Keto diet back in August 2017, consuming less than 20 net carbs a day meant that I had to give up my beloved sugar Cokes.
Honestly, I think that was harder than giving up bread..! Being a Coke drinker has been so much a part of who I am for so long that it was indeed tough to let it go. However, as I can’t stand the flavor of any artificial sweeteners, I really did stop drinking Coke cold turkey. (In fact, I still have some of these Kosher Coke bottles in my garage from last year.)
I wish there was a calorie-free, naturally-sweetened Coke out there. Coke Life is about the closest thing — it’s sweetened both with Stevia (good and calorie-free) and cane sugar. At 24 net carbs, I have occasionally enjoyed these on days when I’ve had completely zero carbs as a very rare sweet treat, though I waited more than five months into Keto to try one.
It’s funny — I tried Coke Life when it hit the market, but I didn’t like the flavor and thought it wasn’t sweet enough. After going straight Keto, then trying a Coke Life, I found that the less-sweet flavor was actually pretty good.
Last year, Coca-Cola debuted a full-Stevia-sweetened zero calorie Coke in Greece. I hope that this version makes it to the USA at some point.