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has to change after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Coca-Cola is one of around 800 companies that have received the “Royal Warrant” seal. In addition to Coca-Cola, smartphone manufacturers Samsung or Ketchup producer Heinz are affected. © dpa Coca-Cola must change its bottle design after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The "Royal Warrant" distinguishes products in Great Britain that are used or consumed in the British royal family.
The first Coca-Cola was served at a pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia in 1886 (via Coca-Cola), and it didn't take long for it to become the most popular beverage in the world. By the time the United States entered the war in Europe in 1941, Coca-Cola was as American as apple pie, using jingles in their advertising to help the brand get heavily embedded in U.S. culture. © Khashayar Kouchpeydeh/Unsplash Bottle of orange Fanta in front of the wheel of a vehicle
During World War II, the importance of getting the beloved soda to troops stationed overseas wasn't lost to the United States military, who put systems in place to do everything they could to ensure its soldiers were never without the refreshing beverage (via American GI Museum). According to The Coca-Cola Company, the company's president made a vow "to see that every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for 5 cents, wherever he is and whatever it costs the Company."
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While Coke Zero and Diet Coke may sound like similar drinks to drink and not have to work about the calories, they do tend to be different in their own way.Coke Zero was launched in 2005, per The Coca-Cola Company. In 2017, the beverage became known as Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in order to promote how the beverage tastes like Coca-Cola Classic but without the sugar. Coca-Cola says it will continue to produce low-sugar products. In 2021, 28% of the company's sales were even in the low or no calorie division.
But what about the Germans?
Necessity Breeds Invention © chatchawin jampapha/Shutterstock Vintage WWII Coca-Cola ad
Due to embargos and transportation problems, the ingredients used in the production of Coca-Cola were prevented from reaching behind the lines of war, and the world's favorite carbonated concoction couldn't be produced within Germany, leaving a big hole in German society (per Atlas Obscura). The Germans loved Coke just as much as the Americans did.
At that time, Max Keith was in charge of Coca-Cola's German operations, and his ingenuity and resourcefulness were about to be tested. Keith and his team worked with whatever they had available in war-torn Europe. He told his staff to put their imagination -- fantasies in German -- to work to create a new beverage, and in 1940, Fanta was born. Beet sugar was used to sweeten it, and fruit scraps gave it flavor. The whey left over from cheese-making went into the recipe, and while whey in a fizzy beverage doesn't sound very appetizing, Fanta rose in popularity nonetheless.
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In 1955, the Italians came up with a recipe made with local citrus that we might recognize today -- the iconic orange Fanta.
The Dark Side Of Fanta's History © OlegDoroshin/Shutterstock Eight flavors of canned Fanta
Fanta's unconventional success story isn't without its dark side. According to Snack History, Max Keith wasted no time marketing his new soft drink to the Nazis, and it wasn't long before it was Germany's new official drink despite the reports of forced labor being used to produce it. Fanta's questionable reputation continued into the 21st century prompting Coca-Cola to release a statement in 2015 denying its association with Hitler and the Nazis.
Today, Fanta is available in 188 countries worldwide (via Facebook) and in a myriad of flavors. High fructose corn syrup is used as a sweetener in the Fanta sold in the United States, but many other countries use sugar to sweeten the drink. Internationally, you can find it in unique flavors such as dragonfruit, kolita in Costa Rica, and one in Japan that tastes like salty watermelon.
Fanta has come a long way in its 75-plus-year history and today's Fanta has none of the dubious ingredients of the original: no scraps, no beet sugar, and no whey.
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Here's which classic combination reigns supreme.Thrillist notes that some sodas combine exceptionally well with alcohols, and you can often pair any soda you have on hand with a complementary alcohol. If you have a can of Sprite in your fridge, try mixing it with tequila or whiskey. Thrillist says the combination of 7-Up and spiced rum actually tastes similarly to cream soda. Of course, there's always the classic rum and Coca-Cola combination, well-known and favored by many as a quick, cheap drink.