Drinking Cherry Coke Before 1985? Oh yeah!

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Cherry Coke existed long before the Coca-Cola company officially introduced the flavor the world in 1985. Drug Stores and Soda Fountains often added Cherry and other flavored Syrups to their Coke for a fruity flavor boost. My mother would take us to a diner in New Jersey (the land of diners) that still practiced this trend and every time we went I would try some new flavored Coca-Cola. In addition to cherry, I had grape, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, orange, apple and I am sure a few that I am forgetting. While I enjoy a good cherry coke and I have been drinking it since it came out, it tastes nothing like those fresh cold custom Cokes my mom bought me all those years ago.

I can still picture the bubbling glass and my mother tell me to slow down as I started chugging the glass to wash down the way too hot disco fries we were splitting.

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6 thoughts on “Drinking Cherry Coke Before 1985? Oh yeah!

  1. Danny says:

    Been getting vanilla Cokes and cherry Cokes at the local Big Boy since the 70s. They recently switched to Pepsi and people are not happy!

  2. George says:

    I love your site. It’s crazy how this jingle is still embedded in my brain and I haven’t heard it in at least 27 years.

  3. That is such a great spot. Big design and graphics.

    BTW, the whole 50s revolution in the 80s was awesome. I fondly remember all the upscale diners that popped up in Chicago that served Cherry Cokes, cheese fries and burgers. They all had jukebokes and polished silver. Such a great time to be a kid.

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