Taste Of States – This Week – Peanuts In Coke

Welcome To Taste of States a place where we celebrate the weird and wonderful food of the United States of America. This can be everything from the snacks that are available for a limited time to the foods that are classic traditions at events such as Christmas and Thanksgiving! Each week we will explore the facts and the history surrounding a different food.

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Today we look at a recipe and a food mix that dates back to the 1920’s, it is also a thing that comes from the Southern States of America. have you ever heard of this before? Well, let’s delve into it – firstly it is exactly what it says on the title – you put salted peanuts into coke – but the main thing I want to know is why? So I went onto the internet and did a bit of research.

Food historian Rick McDaniel discusses on the National Peanut Board that it could of started due to packaged shelled peanuts appearing in the filling station and country stores where coke was already being sold in the 1920s.

According to speculation, it was an activity that occurred in this era because workers didn’t want to touch peanuts with dirty hands so poured them into the coke to make it easier to eat.

According to an Esquire article the result gives you a mix of savoury and sweetness. The peanuts stay crunchy throughout whist giving you something to look forward to at the end of you drink.

If you are going to try this just make sure you don’t do it with Diet Coke as the sweetness does not work well with the flavour

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