Boy were my arms tired.
I expected my annual trek to get Kosher for Passover Coca-Cola to be an easy one. Get two 2-liter bottles with the yellow top, hopefully on sale. See what else is there, pay for it all, and easily leave the store.
After all, every year I have made this journey (well over a decade), my choices among major soft drink manufacturers are Coke and Pepsi. While I have tried and enjoyed a Kosher for Passover Pepsi, I never fell into the Pepsi group even in the good ol' days. When Kosher for Passover Coca-Cola came in 6-packs, I needed strong arms or borrow a car to carry home all I wanted.
This year, the display up front had some new members: 7UP and Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Sure the 7UP retro version came out recently, though changes in the formula stopped any significant reminiscing. And I can't remember ever having a Canada Dry Ginger Ale with sugar.
In the good old days, I would have lost count about how many 6-packs I would have brought home. Even in these times, I struggled to find a good balance between having an occasional fun treat and going overboard.
I settled on three 6-packs for each soft drink, plus the two 2-liter Coca-Cola bottles. I can always share or satisfy others' curiosity.
For new readers who might not know the background of Kosher for Passover soft drinks, corn and corn products are not Kosher for Passover. So in areas where you find a lot of Jewish people (e.g., Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago), you can find Kosher for Passover products, including Coca-Cola.
Yes, you can get Mexican Coca-Cola year-round and in glass bottles. I would offer that Kosher for Passover Coca-Cola has its own unique, distinct, awesome take on the classic soft drink. I have dreamt of Kosher for Passover Coca-Cola in glass bottles many times in years past.
And unlike some reports on Mexican Coca-Cola, we know we're getting the good stuff. The bottles in Chicago come with the seal of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and can be spotted easily with the yellow top.
I did notice "New York" on top of the Kosher for Passover Pepsi cans this year. Maybe the New York batch made its way to Chicago.
Passover 2013 begins at sundown March 25 and runs through sundown April 2. We highly advise that you make your Kosher for Passover trek before Passover starts, though you might still find supplies during the Passover period.