Coca-Cola is releasing a new flavor, and people are nervous

Coca-Cola is releasing a new flavor, and people are nervous

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You can practically taste the high fructose corn syrup.
You can practically taste the high fructose corn syrup.

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2017%252f09%252f18%252f2b%252fjackbw5.32076.jpg%252f90x90By Jack Morse

When you’re feeling risky, but not too risky, Coca-Cola’s got you covered. 

The brilliant minds that brought us New Coke are back at it again with a flavor concoction that is sure to win hearts, minds, tastebuds, dollars, and possibly doctor visits. Say hello to Orange Vanilla, which a press release tells us is the first new iteration on that classic Coke flavor in over a decade. 

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The flavor blast from your Creamsicle past will be available in the U.S. starting Feb. 25, but that Orange Vanilla is, at this moment, kept out of reach by Time’s evil grasp hasn’t stopped soda fans from speculating on the sheer possibilities offered by the new flavor. 


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And while some are keeping an open mind, others… well, not so much. 

soda is poison but i will be first in line for orange vanilla coke

— dan (@killerlawns) February 9, 2019

New Coca-Cola flavor: Orange Vanilla….I’m not sure how I feel about that combo…🤔

— Tristan Vernon (@trust_in_vernon) February 9, 2019

The Coca-Cola Company is set to release new Orange Vanilla Coke. With this new flavor they hope to appeal to millennials, or anyone who enjoys a good puke.

— Jon Curtis Rose (@JonCurtisRose) February 9, 2019

They already have strawberry Coke at one of our local restaurants on the diy tap to fill your drinks. That’s gross enough. Orange vanilla?? That is absolutely disgusting!!!

— ~~ ɱıŋƙą ǟʟɛxɛɨ ~~ (@mynameisminka78) February 9, 2019

Irrational exuberance aside, one does perhaps wonder why now and why Orange Vanilla? Thankfully, Coca-Cola brand director Kate Carpenter filled us all in. 

“We wanted to bring back positive memories of carefree summer days,” she is quoted in the aforementioned press release as explaining. “That’s why we leaned into the orange-vanilla flavor combination – which is reminiscent of the creamy orange popsicles we grew up loving, but in a classically Coke way.”

Ah yes, now does seem like the right time to wax nostalgic about carefree summer days. Coca-Cola, you know us better than we know ourselves. I’m still not drinking this Orange Vanilla nonsense, though. 

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