Happy National Have a Coke Day!

Guess what folks! Today is Have a Coke Day!

Yep, that iconic super sweet Coca-Cola is the largest nonalcoholic drinks company in the world! Not hard to believe really is it? Coke has become a staple of pretty much every shop, bar, restaurant, vending machine, sports event, cinema and perhaps even home and certainly has a home in most of our lives.

Since it’s beginnings waaaay back in 1886, The Coca-Cola Company has become one of the most recognizable brands and names on the planet and shows no sign of stopping with some amazing fact and stats surrounding it’s global activities.

To help celebrate this big day in style, other than drinking more of the sweet fizzy stuff than we really should, we decided it would be fun to sniff out and put together some cool little facts about this real drink icon so we can all learn a little more about the classic brand and drink we all know and love.

So sit tight, crack open a can (after the lucky three taps) and enjoy…

Some pretty impressive stuff huh! well hopefully you’ve learned a little something along the way that you can whip out down the pub or perhaps just something to think about next time your sipping on your next can.
Feeling inspired? With our huge range of Coca-Cola T-Shirts and Coke merchandise, there are now more ways than ever to show your love for the sweet stuff in style. Take a peep at some of our favourte Coca-Cola products below see if any give you that fizzy feeling 🙂
Coca-Cola Logo T-Shirt Coca-Cola Bottle Opener
Coca-Cola Baseball Cap Coca-Cola Logo T-Shirt
Diet Coke T-Shirt Coca-Cola Fridge

xoxo

Is it the real thing?

Have a Coke Day

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist and a lab to work out the ingredients we use to create our great Coca-Cola t-shirts but should you want to know the secrets behind the world famous fizzy drink you can buy [what is believed to be] the original recipe…..

An American antiques dealer claims to have stumbled across the top secret recipe for Coca-Cola. Cliff Kluge said he discovered the 1943 formula in a box of personal papers and letters he purchased from the estate of a respected chemist in his hometown of Georgia.

Coca-Cola Recipe

“Whoever had typed this letter had seen the original recipe. The letter always references Coke and products and stuff,” he said. He is convinced it is the real thing and has posted the paper on eBay for a starting price of $5million (£3.2million) or a ‘buy now’ price of $15million (£9.6million). So far, the only bid has come from a 15 year old but is not thought to be legitimate.

The recipe for Coca Cola, which is sold in every country except Cuba and North Korea, is believed to include cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus oils and vanilla.

Kluge believes that Coca-Cola might have sent the ingredient list to the pharmacist because the company was having trouble obtaining everything necessary during the war. The 19th century recipe for the fizzy drink is a tightly kept secret and is safely tucked away in a vault at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.

Ted Ryan, the archivist for Coca-Cola believes the recipe is a formula for a ‘cola’ type drink but not Coca-Cola.

Kluge, whose copy is in a safety deposit box, acknowledged: “I can’t prove this is the original recipe. No one can because only two people (both executives of Coca-Cola) in the world know it.”

In 2011, the public radio show “This American Life” came out with what it believed to be a handwritten original recipe for Coca-Cola, which in its earliest form had cocaine among its ingredients.

Farmer Jimmy Doherty attempted to make his own Cola on his TV show Jimmy’s Food Factory. Jimmy manages to recreate the taste of cola by using water, sugar, natural plant oils, gum arabic, caramel colouring, phosphoric acid and caffeine. Click the image below to see how he got on.

Coca-Cola Recipe

If you can’t quite stretch to purchasing the original recipe why not treat yourself to a nice t-shirt, hoodie or jacket to show your love for the original Thirst-Quencher…. We have a large selection of Coca-Cola Clothing but here’s some of my favourite.

Ladies Coca-Cola Logo T-Shirt Men's Diet Coke T-Shirt
Ladies Coca-Cola Logo
T-Shirt – £19.99
Men’s Diet Coke
T-Shirt – £19.99
Ladies Black DJ Yoda Star Wars T-Shirt Men's Coca-Cola University Varsity Jacket
Ladies Grey Marl Coca-Cola
University Scoop Neck – £24.99
Men’s Coca-Cola University
Varsity Jacket – £39.99

Happy National Have a Coke Day!

Have a Coke Day

Typically when you think of what Coca Cola is good for, the obvious reasons would be either to drink it or wearing it on your Coca-Cola t-shirts! But this super-smashing soft drink is good for so many other things…..

Here are 5 of my favouite unusual and surprising uses for Coca Cola. Try them out!

Pain Killer

Jellyfish Sting

The chemicals in coca cola can be very effective to help neutralize the pain of jellyfish stings. The best thing about this is that people at the beach are more likely to be carrying a bottle of Coke than carrying anti-sting lotions. Just pour the coke over the area in which you have been stung and feel the relief. Your other alternative is to pee on the stung part of your body – or to have someone else pee on it for you. I think I know what I’d prefer……

Fertilizer

Grass

By mixing five common household ingredients you can create a magical tonic that will [and I quote] keep your lawn greener than blood from a Vulcan! This recipe can be modified for different climates, but one factor stays true, it contains Coca-Cola and apparently it’s a heck of a lot cheaper and more effective than shop-bought mixes.

Cook with it

Coca-Cola Chicken

I’m no Gordon Ramsay so to find out Coke can be used in cooking sounds excellent!! Having surfed the net for some ideas and recipes it turns out in can be used in a variety of different ways. You can mix it with BBQ sauce for an excellent marinade or you can casserole an entire chicken in it, you can even bake a cake with it. Below is a tasty sounding recipe I found for chicken pieces. Apparently, the sugars give a deep glossy coating and caramelized flavor, while the citric acid gives a nice tang. I’ll definitley be trying this out……

CHICKEN COKE-COLA

4 to 6 pieces chicken filets
1 bunch of spring onions
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. thyme
3 tbsp. oil (olive oil)
1 oz. Coke-Cola

Season the chicken with salt, garlic and spring onions. Leave it in refrigerator overnight. Next day, put the oil in the pan and heat it until the oil is hot. Put the chicken in the pan. When it’s brownish on one side turn it to the other side. Then throw in the garlic and spring onions and sprinkle the thyme over the chicken. When it is brownish on that side then pour the Coke-Cola over the chicken and keep the flame high until the coke is evaporated.Pierce each piece of chicken with the fork. Press it and move it around the pan in order to absorb the sugar. Cover the pan and leave it covered for 5-8 minutes after you turn off the stove. Larger pieces may need 2 or 3 more minutes of cooking. To be served over pasta or rice.

If you’ve got any great recipes please let us know in the comment box below.

Hiccup Remedy

Hiccups

Urban Myth? Maybe… Gargle a mouthful of Coke in the back of your throat, and word on the street is that your hiccups will disappear.

Make a fountain

Most people who have used the Internet before will be aware of the old Diet-Coke-Mentos fountain. The idea is that you drop a Mentos into a bottle of Coke and the chemical reaction causes the Coke to spurt for miles (well, almost miles). The video clip above shows a great example of this fun use for Coke. Why not buy a bottle and see if you can do better?