According to the US radio show, This American Life, the closely-guarded secret formula of Coca-Cola has finally been revealed.
Clearly visible in a photo (above), published in the February 18, 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is an alleged hand-written copy of Coke inventor John Pemberton’s original recipe:
Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP + Citric acid: 3 oz + Caffeine: 1 oz + Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity) + Water: 2.5 gal + Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart + Vanilla: 1 oz + Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color.
The secret 7X flavor (use 2 oz of flavor to 5 gals syrup): Alcohol: 8 oz + Orange oil: 20 drops + Lemon oil: 30 drops + Nutmeg oil: 10 drops + Coriander: 5 drops + Neroli: 10 drops + Cinnamon: 10 drops.
The people at Coca-Cola Co. have denied the claim.
But then, they would, wouldn’t they?