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For the past few years, I have counted myself lucky whenever I have spotted a can of Vanilla Coke when out and about, generally until quite recently the only places I could find it was American Sweet Shops i.e. Cyber Candy, or corner shops that branch out abit, though there aren't many of those about.
It's a shame because personally I really like Vanilla Coke and just as I was when Coffee Pepsi was discontinued, I was upset to see this go when it did.
For the past two years I have been following a page on Facebook entitled "BRING BACK VANILLA COKE" which is a campaign run by a group of people, it's thanks to them that out delicious drink is back, they created an online petition to get the attention of Coca-Cola and that they did, however for now Vanilla Coke is only a Limited Edition drink, which is a real shame, though hopefully popularity, will help keep it on the market!
Colour (Caramel E150d)
Natural Flavourings including Caffeine
Since Vanilla Coke has come back, I have found a lot of people trying it for the first time, after some how not having tried it when it first came out, a lot of them say "It just tastes like normal Coke" I completely disagree with this, if you drink Vanilla Coke and then compare it with Ordinary Coke you will find the taste to be very, very different. For me Vanilla Coke has a lovely taste, the Vanilla is not faint, thought not overpowering, although what I would say is trying it ice cold and trying it ordinary completely changes the taste, I would also agree that once the drink goes flat it does taste much more like regular Coke.
I think this is a lot nicer compared to Cherry or Coke Zero, plus a lot more refreshing, but DRINK IT COLD.
It was first introduced everywhere in 2002, however it ended up being discontinued soon after in both America and the UK, though I suppose you never realise how much you'll miss something until it's gone right? By popular demand it was brought back in America in 2005, this then caused UK retailers to have it imported making the UK public very happy when they saw it and now thanks to a Facebook Campaign, it has finally been reintroduced into the UK in 2013 with open arms.
As much as I love Coco-Cola I do wish they would stop messing us about, I love this drink and I hope to god it does not get discontinued again, it's one of the best beverages on the market and I highly recommend!
Vanilla Coke first came out in the early 2000's, but was discontinued I believe around 2007. It was still on sale in the US and some other countries, and you could purchase online for much more than the retail price if you happened to be particularly keen to keep drinking it. However, this year (2013), due to high demand, Coca Cola have given in and reintroduced it to the UK market! This will be welcome news to the army of Vanilla Coke fans, who previously had to either do without or pay over the odds for it.
Vanilla Coke is, I would say, a real "love it or hate it" drink - a bit like marmite in a drink version (now that would be horrid!). Vanilla itself as a taste and fragrance tends to divide opinion, as some find it too sickly sweet and musky and prefer a more refreshing scent/flavour.
Although I personally love it in other forms such as scented candles and ice cream etc, I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about trying Vanilla Coke. It doesn't sound like the kind of combo that would work, and quite frankly doesn't sound very appealing . I have to urge doubters to try it though, as it really is a surprising flavour, and one that I now love!
The flavour of Vanilla Coke is very sweet, and reminds me of cream soda or ice cream coke floats. It's a real nostalgic treat and makes me think of summertime and being at a fairground or theme park! The vanilla flavour has a good balance - not too overpowering but still recognisable as vanilla.
At the time of this 2013 review, Vanilla Coke is only being sold in individual can or 500ml bottles, as (unfortunately for some) it's a limited edition again and not necessarily back for good.
I've only tried Vanilla Coke twice and it wasn't really something that I've fallen in love with. I notice that it seems to have disappeared from the supermarket shelves and so I don't think it is readily accessible to buy in the UK, but I have noticed that it is available on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) for £11.85 for 12 x 355ml cans - which equates to 99p per can - which is quite expensive for a canned drink, especially when you consider that a normal can of Coca Cola in a multi pack currently costs half of that from Tesco.
The Vanilla Coke comes in a traditional can with the Coke logo printed onto the can. It has the normal taste of Coca Cola. but with the added taste of vanilla. I have to admit that I really don't like it. I find that the vanilla taste is just far too overwhelming and it makes the drink really sickly sweet and just not very pleasant. I found that the vanilla was more than just a hint but was instead just too overwhelming and infused too heavily through the whole drink. Because of the sickly sweet taste, I found that after a few sips I really didn't feel like I could drink any more of it. On the second occasion that I tried it, I had it mixed with whiskey and I had the same sensation that it was just too sweet and it overpowered even the taste of the whiskey.
I really didn't enjoy this drink, and for that reason I just couldn't recommend it.
A few years back we all had the opportunity to purchase, try and thus become addicted to the wondrous flavour that is vanilla coke. I normally despise anything vanilla smelling or tasting but I thought I'd give it a shot as my first ever bottle of this was on special offer for half price back in the day so I wasn't bothered if I wasted about 50p on a drink I didn't like.
Turns out that was the best 50p I ever spent, so much so that I was happy enough to pay full price. But then coca cola had to go and break my heart by removing the marvellous stuff from UK stores and making it only available overseas in the US. However for christmas my partner bought me a crate of 12 cans which made my day as it had been years since I had tasted it!
Funny thing is, the added ingredient isn't actually vanilla, if you read the side of the can it tells you that they have added caramel to it (so I guess that's why I don't mind the vanilla effect?) but it does smell like vanilla but not as potent.
In my eyes nothing compares to this drink as it tastes so good, of course it's not doing my teeth or my waist any favours but it's totally worth every penny and every moment. So if you want to try this drink or even miss it and didn't realize it was available to import, you can find it online at trusted american sweet/candy stores where you can also get other brands and types of food and drink that are either discontinued or not available at all in the UK such as Nerdz, laffy taffy, and wonka bars! Go on, treat yourself! It's worth it.
Vanilla Coke was a different type of Coke which was released in the UK and then was straight away taken of the shelves in less than year! So what went wrong?
The drink cost 60 p if you got a can, When I drank this drink at first I was shocked at how sweet it was. Vanilla mixed with Coke just does not go well because the taste is just too sweet, Vanilla does taste good on its own but now with the coke, The taste of these two combined was one enough to make me puke. The taste is just too sweet and you can taste the vanilla more in the drink than the Coke, Once you sip it down you can feel the vanilla still there which does not taste right for me.
It just never felt like a Coke product to me at all more like a cheap drink product the taste just did not go well together at all. I guess some people may have liked it but the majority must have not seeing the fact it was taken off quickly? I am sure they do not even sell these any more?
The drink was taken of the shelves because it did not sell and a lot of people found the drink to be disgusting, If the Coke company was to send this one back again they should make the drink better by removing the vanilla much more from the taste, So we can taste Coke and a little bit of Vanilla which would help the drink sell maybe.
Overall it was a drink I thought would be decent but it was no where near that! I rather not have a drink at all than have the Vanilla Coke it was that bad in my opinion.
Vanilla coke was a short lived drink in the UK at least which added vanilla to coke, the drink never really became popular and is now impossible to find in the shops. The drink was endemic about 5 years in which adverts trying to portray it as a drink with an edge, the advertising campaign featured an Chazz Palmeteri from The Usual Suspects going around forcing people to drink the product, because it had an edge and rewarding them for being inquisitive.
Vanilla coke is a drink which is popular in North America, it's available in most fast food outlets and seems to be joined at the hip with burgers and fries. The classic drink is coke with a blast of sweetness from the vanilla, it is sold usually with a float in and seems to taste good with the fatty saltiness of the burger and fries. The problem came when they tried to sell the drink without the combo of burger and fries, the drink is still sweet and sugary but as a stand alone drink it fails to work.
Vanilla coke is I think too sweet for most drinkers palate, it has the inherent sweetness from the sugar but also has the impact of the vanilla syrup which makes the drink far too sweet. Coke pulled the product in 2005, but there are hints it could return in some format in the near future.
I quite enjoyed the flavour, I have a sweet tooth and loved the extra hit of sweetness from the vanilla admittedly in only the diet version. Vanilla also gave the drink a slight caramel feel and added an extra dimension to the drink. Will I drink it if its relaunched in the UK? Probably but don't need the burger and fries to go along with it.
Whatever happened to Vanilla Coke? I use to be obsessed with it, but it seems to have faded into the distance just like pogs and the yo-yo did. Its fair to say i now have to make do with Fanta Fruit Twist since the loss of the vanilla product. I find it hard to understand why Coke manufactures still produce Cherry Coke and Lime Coke, but have stopped the production in the UK of Vanilla Coke. The taste was sensational in comparison to Cherry and Lime Coke, although make sure if you ever do find a bottle of this rocket fuel, make sure its cold, it doesnt quite taste the same when it hasnt been chilled.
I wonder whether it is worthy of putting a petition up on facebook, i often wonder how many people like myself miss Vanilla Coke. I didnt think much to the diet option though, i always thought "if your going to drink a soft drink, at least do it properly, right?"
10 out of 10 in my eyes :)
It's fair to say that Vanilla Coke is a pretty damn scarce drink to find these days, which is a shame considering it's also a lovely tasting beverage that takes the lovely taste of regular Coke and enhances it with a powerful kick of Vanilla. The last time I ever saw them on sale was at Thorpe Park in 2007 - I have no idea why they're not sold anymore, as I'm sure they must have sold quite well!
Vanilla Coke has a very unique, slightly strange taste, but if you've ever had an Ice Cream Float (which is lumps of vanilla ice cream dumped in a glass of coke), then that's pretty much what this tastes like (and that's a great thing!). It appears that Ice Cream Floats aren't consumed by too many people, because otherwise this Vanilla variant would surely have stuck around. It's a shame because it was a nice, slightly cosmopolitan addition to their already impressive array of flavours, including Cherry and Lime.
Some things are a bit of a gimmick, like arguably the Lime version of Coke, but Vanilla has a far more subtle taste to it - Lime is rather distinct and jarring, whereas Vanilla is noticeable, but no so much that it ever overpowers the great tasting Coke. It was more a well suited complement to the taste, but sadly it may never grace our mouths again, unless *crosses fingers* Coke see some sense, and people see some sense and buy the stuff!
I have been a particularly avid drinker of soft drinks. In fact other than milk and water, there is no other non-alcoholic drink I enjoy dipping my tastebuds in (other than a sneaky diet coke on rare occasions.)
Vanilla coke was a different story though. When this creation was available I drank it in droves. A lot of people complained that the vanilla taste was too overwhelming, that it was too much. Bull cocky I say! Vanilla coke was a God amongst soft drinks with it's smooth flavour and thirst quenching satisfaction.
Even the advertising was good. Remember the commerical where a guy walks past a gaping hole in a wall, double takes, sticks his head in only to be congratulated on his curiousity by a man holding a vanilla coke. He got a sip, told 'thanks for dropping by' and then removed his head and walked on.
I hear this was removed due to poor sale but I cannot believe it was the worst selling of all the coke variants. While this is not the place to rant, I feel Vanilla coke's removal is a crime second only to the genocide of wispa Gold's.
Why oh why oh why did they stop selling this in the UK?!
I love going abroad anyway, but it really makes my day when I'm on holiday and I can get vanilla coke!! Then it just makes me sad and frustrated that I can't get it t home when I can seemingly everywhere else I've been in the world!!
It's basically what it says on the tin, literally. Coke or Diet Coke with a vanilla scent and flavour to it. More delicate than the sharp overtones of lime or lemon coke, but a deeper, richer scent and taste overall.
I find it hard to believe that this was taken off of the shelves due to bad sales...I for one bought loads of the stuff, and know of many people who also miss it and would like it back!!
Normal Coke is ok, and it does the job...I'm also fond of the cherry coke I've just found...but I really would like the vanilla one back!!
This is one of those drinks that if you can get your hands on it you really have to try. I think they must have put some sort of addictive substance in it, because I know that for the life of me I couldn't get enough of it when it was on general sale here in the UK back pre 2006.
This coke came in both full fat and diet flavours, so if you wanted you could pick and choose between healthy and non-healthy at a whim.
At first taste the coke seems rather bizarre and for no apparent reason. It's nice. It's sweet, but it tastes a little weird. I think it's only once you place that Vanilla is a flavour typically associated with ice creams that it makes sense and you start to enjoy it. You realise that you are actually drinking a liquid version of an ice cream float, you know the one you see in the movies? Where you have the coke, or more commonly lemonade, and put a dollop of vanilla ice cream on touch with a straw? Well that's what this is - the coke version anyway!
Sadly poor sales (or at least I would presume poor sales) have stopped coke from selling this in the UK, which is a real shame - even if it was just brought back as a summer flavour I'm sure it'd be a winner again...that said the one thing I never tried was making an ice cream float with it - a chance missed I feel!
Although perhaps a little sweet for some pallets I think it's fair to say this flavour must have been more popular than that goodness awful lime flavour they still have in production! If you see this whilst abroad then pick a can up and give it a go. You won't be dissapointed.
Why oh why they stopped selling this in the UK I will never know. I am now forced to take a round trip to Geneva once a year and pick up the product. It is still sold in several countries around the world. I have spied it on sale, albeit in a limited stock, in Germany and France. However, it seems their days are short numbered as Coke realise it really isnt that popular.
Like many, my first experience with Vanilla Coke was purely accidental, having picked up a standard Coke and not eyeing up the packaging very carefully. I was annoyed with myself for not paying more attention; not least because, like many, I have made the same mistake with the awful Cherry Coke.
I was pleasantly suprised by the taste. It was tangy and zesty with a refreshing soothness. This was in France, 2003, where the bottle was marketed as Coke Vanille. Upon my return to the UK, I stocked up.
OK, so you can make your own "Coke float" with Vanilla ice-cream...but it isn't the same. Come on Coca-Cola, introduce it again.
'Coca-Cola Vanilla' - previously known as 'Vanilla Coke', was first released to some European countries in 1992. When it made its debut in the UK a year later, the product had a mixed reaction. At first sales were high, mainly due to the curiosity factor (which was actually how the product was first marketed - with the "Reward Your Curiosity" campaign), however sales quickly diminished, and the product was subsequently discontinued in Britain by the start of 2006. However, as of 2007, the product was re-instated to the American, New Zealand, and Chinese market.
The idea for combining coke and vanilla apparently was first experimented with at the 1982 World's Fair in Tennessee. Therefore, the Coca-Cola company had a few years to think about how to perfect the product, which they actually quoted would be "the greatest innovation since Diet Coke" - hmm - how wrong they would be!
I only ever tried Coca-Cola Vanilla on a few occasions, and I don't think I got off to the best start with the product. My first experience was on a hot day, and I purchased a can from a vending machine. Unfortunately, the machine was malfunctioning, and the can of Vanilla Coke arrived in my hands hot. As I was thirsty, I drank it anyway - but it wasn't the most pleasant of experiences. I found it sickly, and because of its warmth, it did little to quench my thirst. I gave it another go a week later - this time with a cold version, but still wasn't impressed. Again it just didn't taste right to me - I expected a Coke flavour, but instead I got ice-cream.
Coca-Cola Vanilla is an interesting product, and I know a lot of people enjoy it, but it's just not for me - Give me a regular coke anyday.
I wish it the best of luck.
I love vanilla coke and it's a real inconvenience to have to order and create it myself with a soda fountain machine. I think if you don't like it then cool, don't buy or drink it. By having options you are not ruining the original. I hear this crap on remakes of movies and things like this all the time. They ruined the movie with the remake why not just leave it alone. The original is a classic... Hey dumb ass. The original still exists and is no different than before. It's like me saying I like purple so why did GOD ruin the world with the rainbow of all them other colors. I drive a chevy truck so why do they ruin things by having other model cars & trucks available. I love pink shirts. I'm so upset people like wearing something else. How stupid! I don't like pepsi but they of course have a vanilla pepsi. Since I don't like pepsi I guess it should be banned. Give me a break. On the fountain drinks they add 50% creme soda to coke/diet coke to get the
vanilla coke taste. I drink coke zero, I wonder if a bit of vanilla extract added or something like that would have a effect similair to the vanilla coke that was sold. Vanilla coke drinkers unite!!!
Take a perfectly good tasting bottle of Coke then ruin it completely by adding Vanilla flavour to it, this at some point seemed a good idea to those people at Coca Cola.
I first tried this drink for no apparent reason, I could have had a normal Coke or anything else for that matter but I picked up a 500ml bottle of Coke with Vanilla and headed off to the counter to pay for it.
When purchased it was out the fridge but by the time I got round to drinking it (about 1 hour later) it was quite warm. I took a big mouthful and it foamed up in my mouth and all I could taste was the vanilla, no sign of a cola taste at all.
I decided that as I had no chance to get out to the shop for another bottle of juice and the only thing on offer in the way of drinks at my office was tea or coffee that I would stick the bottle back in the fridge for a bit then have it later.
After around an hour and a half in the fridge I returned to this drink but I have to say it was little or no better cold than it had been warm. The taste of vanilla was still far too strong although Coca Cola claim it to be only a hint of vanilla.
I do quite like vanilla but I expected just a background hint through the coke and instead I got a huge vanilla hit with very little cola taste, not enjoyable in my opinion.
I believe this disaster has gone from our shelves now and hopefully forever, it was a bad idea and should be confined to history now. Coca Cola have since added different types of flavouring to their cola and some have been quite good, my favourite being Coke with lemon as it is just a hint of lemon through the cola, by all means Coca Cola give us flavours but don't over power the cola taste!!