Once upon a time, here at Jammy Toast, we used to be in love with Coke and Pepsi. We used to get through large quantities of the secret recipe every week loving the taste of the world’s favourite drink. Now it appears we are following the British trend of falling out of love with Coke and Pepsi and instead we’re pouring energy drinks down our necks. “It used to be you’d see people on the bus drinking a can of coke, now they’ve got an energy drink,” says Olly Wehring, editor of the industry’s magazine Just Drinks. And the numbers seem to back him up – recent years have seen a huge surge in the popularity of energy drinks and it’s mostly at the expense of more traditional cola drinks.
Would you believe that when Coca Cola was first launched in 1886, its two key ingredients were cocaine and caffeine? The cocaine was derived from the coca leaf and the caffeine from kola nut, leading to the name Coca-Cola. The original recipe called for five ounces of coca leaf per gallon of syrup, a significant dose; in 1891, Candler claimed his formula (altered extensively from Pemberton’s original) contained only a tenth of this amount. Coca-Cola once contained an estimated nine milligrams of cocaine per glass. In 1903, it was removed.