Originally posted by Dave Beers:
Yes it is true. Sugar is also used in limited production runs of U.S. made Coke for Jewish holidays, but this is only sold in limited areas (like NYC). But rather than go through the hassle of bringing back Coke from Cozumel, if you have hispanic grocery stores in your area they probably have the Mexican Coke. Ours do up here in north Alabama. There apparently is a robust business along the border, where people go to Mexico and load up on soda and then re-sell it back here in the states. I also read that Coke has started producing sugar-based soda again in the southwest U.S. - they are not happy with what they see as smuggling and decided to cut in on the business.
The Mexican soda has a lighter mouth feel and a better thirst quenching quality than the fructose stuff.
As for the cruise lines minding...well, it depends on the line and the quantity of soda you try to bring aboard. They may even hold it for you until the last day of the cruise, like they do with booze.
I love this site because I learn so much. I never knew one could buy Coca Cola without HFCS. That stuff is pure poison.
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