Food of the Eighties, Coke II
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The new coke experiment. This was a real public relations flop for the Coke company. They announced they were changing the formula (in order to compete with Pepsi better) and the public backlash was instant. They relabeled it Coke II and re-issued coke as Coke Classic. The funny thing is that they had changed the formula a few times before in the past without any problems.
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sam - February 17, 2008 - Report this comment
y don't they have a pic?????????????????????
sad face - April 14, 2008 - Report this comment
aine - May 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Heh, I remember that. My youngest cousin used to collect Coke stuff, and I was telling her about that. Her reply, "Really!? You remember that? Wow, what did it taste like?" Made me feel real old for a moment. lol
Bill - July 13, 2009 - Report this comment
They called it "New Coke" for a while. It was the worst. It didnt die soon enough. Made me really like Coke Classic even more. My Mom was a Pepsi drinker and after New Coke, switched to Classic as well. Heard they came out with "Pepsi-Coke" later (on Saturday Night Live Skit)
Ang - August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG!I remember when this came out! Boy, am I old! I don't remember what it tasted like but, I do remember Coke II. I also remember "regular Coke" was called "Coca Cola Classic" and had this circular logo on it that said something about the "original formula" or something on it.
Chris - January 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I was 12 when this came out in 1985. Personally, I liked it, but I loved the old formula, too. Maybe they'll "retro" the New Coke one day, just for the hell of it. Don't have to be a entire rollout, just a limited time edition.
Dave - May 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved New Coke. It wasn't as bad as people made it out to be!!!
Doug - June 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Yep, I LOVED "New" Coke as well! Naturally, I wouldn't choose it over the original, but It DID have a unique flavor and was certainly better than Pepsi. I haven't seen it since the early '90's when it was called "Coke II". I wish it were still around, it was nice having a choice!
Pam - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Remembering this DOES make me feel old. I remember being upset because it was their intention to change the original formula to the new formula. It didn't taste bad but it wasn't coke. They didn't have New Coke and Coke Classic out together. It was just New Coke, then after the complaints they brought Coke Classic back. Then after some time, New Coke disappeared and Coke Classic remained, now the "Classic" has been removed and it's like it never happened.
Kay M - December 18, 2011 - Report this comment
The New Coke fiasco just goes to show that the people at the top (Coke executives in this case), often don't know what is really going on. My hubby had always been a Coke drinker and I was a Pepsi drinker--it was a pain to always have to buy two different kinds of cola. I was happy when New Coke was introduced because it tasted so much like Pepsi, that we only had to buy New Coke! But of course the original Coke masses almost marched on Coke headquarters and demanded their original Coke back. Just as Pam said-- both Cokes existed for a short time-- probably just enough time so that the Coke executives didn't have to admit complete defeat.
josh - January 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I've read online (sorry i don't have the .com for you) that the recipe change came about because they were going to start using a wonderful (haha) INEXPENSIVE sweetener called HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Original Coke contained sugar and Coke ll contained HFCS!!! (check the old bottles next time you see them at a flea market). Thank goodness we can now buy soda with sugar instead of the other crap. Try a taste test, the difference is obvious.
Seagal - March 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Great point, josh! That's the key; using real sugar and yes it's better that the crappy HFCS. New Coke, or Coke II was aweful and nothing beats the real Coke, or Coke Classic. Pepsi is just too sweet whereas Coke-A-Cola has a sigisticated flavor. AND WHERE'S THE PICTURE?! It would be so cool to see a JPEG
geekyscientist33 - April 24, 2013 - Report this comment
coke 2 was supposed to taste like pepsi I thought it tasted ok kinda like a milder version of coke but not like pepsi at all but id buy some just for the nostalgia value
bountyman33 - June 25, 2013 - Report this comment
at one time this was the only soda I would drink it didn't have that "heavy" taste classic coke had. then one day I went to the store and it was gone. they really need to bring it back especially with pepsi releasing "throwback"
Charlie - January 07, 2014 - Report this comment
I'm not a cola drinker and thought it very important to point this fact out!
Tacops - December 21, 2017 - Report this comment
I was in college when this happened..,the flavor profile was messed up because HFCS (corn syrup) is much sweeter than cane or beet sugar. It was almost undrinkable until they changed the acidity level. After that the New Coke/Coke II was a good drink, but Coke classic remained garbage-tier. The real cane sugar base Coca-Cola is far and away the best.
spendy - December 28, 2017 - Report this comment
We could buy coke 2 in Corbin ky till the early 2000's one of the few markets they kept.

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