Secret Histories 1

Coca Cola, The First 50 Years

1892-Coca Cola is introduced and is hugely popular. This popularity is tied to
cocaine being a main ingredient.

1905-A government crackdown forces coke to remove cocaine from it’s
recipe. It is replaced with heroin. H-Coke as it is known to soft drink
historians is even more popular than the original recipe. Thanks to
another government crackdown the H-Coke formula doesn’t last a

1906- Cokes “new” recipe is actually the original cocaine formula with the
only change being the spelling of “cocaine”. It is now spelled
“kokaine”, government regulators don’t pick up on this.

1915- Competition springs up for Coke. The three main ones are Moxie
which was made from wolves blood.  Doodlers which
was made from fermented squash and Pepsi. Pepsi, which is still
around today started out being made from unfinished glasses of
Coca-Cola from diners and restaurants. It was gathered up, rebottled
and sold as Pepsi. The left over cokes were gathered by the “Kola
Kids”.  The “Kola Kids” were groups of orphans who would fill up
wooden buckets with the left over Cokes and bring it to Pepsi tanker
trucks near the outskirts of town. The orphans received three cents
per bucket. Pepsi stopped this practice in 1966, former President
Jimmy Carter was a Kola Kid in Georgia in the 1930’s.

A special recipe known as War-Coke is introduced, in this new recipe the “kokaine” is augmented with amphetamines. Soldiers nickname it “Go-Coke” and it’s a big hit. Official reports are promising saying the fighting men have “a renewed vim, vigor, and zazz”. War-Coke was only available to combat G.I.’s and was never sold in the states. Nazi scientists got a hold of a bottle and tried to replicate the formula using heavy water and elderberries. It was unsuccessful.

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