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 have a friend who is a Pepsi diehard. He always has a can with him. He actually loves a warm Pepsi and prefers to drink it without ice. He came over to dinner one night, so as good hosts we made sure to have Pepsi on hand. I poured him a glass from the bottle in our fridge and set it down for him before dinner was served, knowing that he doesn\’t actually care if it\’s cold or not.
Fucker spit it out and accused me of giving him Coke. I gave him the bottle, and he still wouldn\’t believe me, thought it was a prank. Meh. Random story is random. I don\’t always drink soda. But when I do, I prefer Coca Cola.