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For almost 125 years, the secrecy surrounding the recipe for Coca-Cola has been one of the world's great marketing ploys. As the story goes, the fizzy drink's famous "Merchandise 7X" flavourings have remained unchanged since they were concocted in 1886 and are today only known to two Coke executives, neither of whom can travel on the same plane for fear that the secret goes down with them.

Now one of America's most celebrated radio broadcasters claims to have discovered the Coke secret. Ira Glass, presenter of the public radio institution This American Life, says he has tracked down a copy of the recipe, the original of which is still supposedly held in a burglar-proof vault at the Sun Trust bank in Atlanta, Georgia.

The seven-ingredient formula was created by John Pemberton, an Atlanta chemist and former Confederate army officer who crafted cough medicines and other concoctions in his spare time. In 1887, he sold the recipe to a businessman, Asa Griggs, who immediately placed it for safekeeping in the then Georgia Trust bank.

Glass came across a recipe that he believes is the secret formula in a back issue of Pemberton's local paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while he was researching an entirely different story. Tucked away on an inside page of the 8 February 1979 edition, he stumbled on an article that claimed to have uncovered the closely guarded 7x formula.

The column was based on an old leather-bound notebook that belonged to Pemberton's best friend and fellow Atlanta chemist, RR Evans. Glass was intrigued and, after some digging, found the notebook had been handed down the generations until it reached a chemist in Georgia called Everett Beal, whose widow still possesses it.

The rediscovered recipe includes extract of coca leaves, caffeine, plenty of sugar (it specifies 30 unidentified units thought to be pounds), lime juice, vanilla and caramel. Into that syrup, the all-important 7x flavourings are added: alcohol and six oils – orange, lemon, nutmeg, coriander, neroli and cinnamon.

The formula is strikingly similar to the recipe deduced by Mark Pendergrast who wrote a history of the drink in 1993 called For God, Country & Coca-Cola.

Coke's secret recipe is, in fact, part mythology. Contrary to the mystique surrounding it, the soda has in fact changed substantially over time.

Cocaine, a legal stimulant in Pemberton's day, was removed from the drink in 1904 after mounting public unease about the drug. Extract of coca leaves have still been used but only after the cocaine has been removed.

In 1980, the company largely replaced sugar, squeezed from beet and cane, with the cheaper high-fructose corn sweetener that has become ubiquitous in American food and drink. Coke purists were not impressed.

Despite such occasional controversies, one element has remained constant: Coke's commitment to keeping its own secret. Speculation about the recipe has been a popular talking point for more than a century, proving good for business.

True to form, the company has treated the This American Life story with the disdain that has marked its commercial strategy since the 19th century.

"Many third parties have tried to crack our secret formula. Try as they might, they've been unsuccessful," Coca-Cola's Kerry Tressler said.

The recipe: how to make your own Coca-Cola

Fluid extract of coca: 3 drams USP

Citric acid: 3 oz

Caffeine: 1 oz

Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity, possibly pounds)

Water: 2.5 gallons

Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart

Vanilla: 1 oz

Caramel: 1.5 oz or more to colour

Into every five gallons of syrup, add 2oz of the following seven-part flavouring:

Alcohol: 8 oz

Orange oil: 20 drops

Lemon oil: 30 drops

Nutmeg oil: 10 drops

Coriander oil : 5 drops

Neroli oil: 10 drops

Cinnamon oil: 10 drops

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yea i thought this was gonna be about cocaine

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would rather they found the recipe for KFC tbh, used to think KFC staff knew the formula.

coke is sh*t anyway. 30 pounds of sugar!!! for one person or an army?

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It tastes like sh*t (unless its from the tap) and is bad for you, but I'm happy for people to make it if it means a hideous captalist company goes bust.

Won't happen though.

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i had some chain smoker tell me coke is bad for me, u know that sh*t they always say about it cleaning toilets.

a f*ckin smoker

i drink it like once a year aswell

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I really dont like Coca-Cola...

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I wouldnt say hate but yh they are real wronguns

LOL @ not liking water

That's like saying you're not too fond of air

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At @ 'liking' water.

If Rubicon had the health benefits of water, I'd have 60% Rubicon in my body.

Only drink water because I have to.

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i love coke in moderation.

i HATE ppl tht say they dont drink water. they are usually wrong uns.

My youngest sister.

"I dont liiiiike it. It has no tastes. Just tastes dryyyyyyyyyyy"

Stupid idiot Lol.

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I don't think people appreciate how good a cold glass of water feels when you're thirsty.

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always used to be about orange juice, didn't like drinking normal water until about 16

now drinks just go to suit my taste at the time, more time I'd prefer water unless I'm eating

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not gonna lie, i luv coke but in moderation

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THE FIRST GULP OF A COLD BOTTLE OF WATER >>>>

not too cold though

a mans got sensitive teeth

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I cant stand coke.

I drink water 99% of the time.. but only at room temperature.

Today i have drunk 4.5lt, feels good.

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THE FIRST GULP OF A COLD BOTTLE OF WATER >>>>

not too cold though

a mans got sensitive teeth

:lol:

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I drink water mainly with meals.

Will swipe at a Fanta orange if I'm out...like coming back from work or something.

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Drinking a freezing coke until your throat can no longer take the carbon>>>>

AHHHH

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brandy + coke

a dirty takeaway + coke

is the only time i realy drink it....

water >>>>

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Drinking a freezing coke until your throat can no longer take the carbon>>>>

AHHHH

i do that with fanta icy lemon or ginger beer

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