I've been raving for years about Kosher Coca-Cola, a annual treat in springtime just before Passover. The normal Coca-Cola product, which contains high-fructose corn syrup, isn't Kosher for Passover. So there is a limited supply of Kosher for Passover Coca-Cola.
Not being Jewish, I do know that corn products aren't allowed in Kosher for Passover products. And that is good news for us.
For years, I've been able to stock up Kosher Coca-Cola, buying multiple 6-packs in the days before I shifted my diet to a few 6-packs a year in the last five years. Since I used to religiously (no pun intended) drink soft drinks, the Kosher product offered me a transition into drinking healthier but still having some fun.
Well, we ran into a snag this year. Traditionally, the Kosher Coca-Cola has been available in 2-liter bottles and 12-oz. cans. The cans were useful so that you could space apart the trips to "Kosher Coca-Cola land." This year, I could only get the Kosher Coca-Cola in a 2-liter bottle.
Instead of spreading out the joy of Kosher Coca-Cola, now I have to confine to a few days — one time only — with a 2-liter bottle. There is still joy in Mudville, but not a whole lot of it anymore.
Of course, this would be easier if Coca-Cola made the product year round or put it in those 8 oz. bottles they now sell on the regular product. Coca-Cola always got some notoriety, and a chance to enjoy its product the way it was intended — with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. This year, this sincere gesture has lost a lot of fizz.
The anniversary of my conversion is around the time of Passover, spring, and renewal and redemption brought on by warmer weather. I have used the Kosher Coca-Cola as a comfort blanket, a security measure for my heart and my taste buds. I, along with many other supporters, beg Coca-Cola: please bring back the cans. Bring a little happiness to those of us who appreciate good taste.