First take a few swigs of the soda and when there seems to be enough room in the bottle, pour in a package of salted peanuts. Many diehards insist that you\’ve got to do this in a glass bottle, not plastic or a can, for the full effect. And sticklers will tell you definitely no Diet Coke, Coke Zero, or other brand substitutions allowed. Nobody knows who exactly came up with this inspired idea of putting peanuts in Coke, but the pairing is guessed to go as far back as the 1920s. I\’ve heard stories of busy Southern farmers who didn\’t have time to break for lunch and would eat this on their tractors while in the field. References to salted peanuts in Coke pop up in historical fiction including
The Secret Life of Bees, and other stories about the American south during the 50s and 60s. This flavor combination is so beloved that you can even find some unique recipes that riff off the combination, like Coca-Cola Cake with Broiled Peanut Icing ( ).
But drinking Coca-Cola with salted peanuts isn\’t only about the genius pairing of sweet and salty flavors; it\’s about the experience, and knowing that your taking part in a tradition that has gone on for generations. Have you ever tried peanuts in Coke? Got any fond memories of the combination? I Tried the Southern Tradition of Putting Peanuts in My Coke, and It Was Oddly Delicious Ask your grandma, she probably knows about this. Putting peanuts in Coke in apparently a thing. Surprised? I\’m right there with you. I had never heard of this concept until I was browsing the internet late at night and stumbled across this phenomenon. PWhen I first heard of putting peanuts in Coke I thought it was a little weird, but I asked around and apparently it\’s a real tradition (and not lies I found on the internet).
I was curious and I\’m always willing to try new things, so I decided to test it out for myself to see what the hype is all about. The History, The Myth, The Legend Four score and seven years ago, Abraham Lincoln invented this intriguing drink combination. Just kidding. This tradition is pretty much a mystery in every way, except that it travels on word-of-mouth. Meaning technically he could have done this, but I\’m betting against it. No one really knows how or when people started putting peanuts in Coke, but at some point it just started happening. If you ask someone about it, they\’ll likely say. Or at least that\’s what the internet, an old teacher from high school, and my cashier at Target told me.
Some (the internet) say that this tradition started because farmers had dirty hands and short breaks so they would pour the peanuts into Coke to eat and work at the same time without eating dirt. P The true way to partake in this tradition is to get a glass Coca-Cola bottle, take a few sips, pour in the peanuts, and enjoy. Since it\’s 2017 and I didn\’t buy Coca-Cola\’s limited edition glass bottles, I settled for plastic (sue me). I opened up the bottle of my chilled Coke and added peanuts. The first thing I noticed was that the peanuts made the Coke fizz up more and there seemed to be permanent bubbles lingering around them. PThen I took a swig of the drink. and choked on a peanut because that\’s just who I am as a person. Once I stopped coughing and my family bothered to stop laughing at me, I could enjoy this savory sweetness.
There were salty and sweet flavors, but they were subtle. It\’s very different from salted caramel ice cream or anything like that. It felt pretty cool to be part of a tradition and honestly it didn\’t taste bad at all. For me, lazy as I am, this was a pretty convenient way to eat and drink and still have a free hand. Right now this tradition doesn\’t seem very popular except for with a few fanatics who believe peanuts in Coke is a good diet. Hint: it\’s not. P But if you like peanuts and Coke then I\’d definitely recommend you try it! Two things good separately are usually good together, right? In this case, it wouldn\’t hurt to try. This could be your new snack for breaks between classes or your midnight munchies. P