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Here’s Why Some Coca-Cola Bottles Carry Yellow Caps Now
By Izza Sofia, 06 Apr 2021
Image via Mehaniq / Shutterstock.com
If you have walked down the beverage aisle in your local supermarket recently, you might have noticed that some Coca-Cola bottles are now topped with yellow caps instead of the usual red.
The switched-up lid color isn’t just for aesthetics; the yellow caps signify that the soda inside is kosher for Passover.
Kosher means “fit, proper or correct” in Hebrew, and it describes food that abides dietary laws in Judaism, per KLBD, one of the world’s leading kosher certification agencies.
There are additional dietary rules for Passover. During this spring holiday, Jewish people are to refrain from eating leavened foods or fermented drinks derived from wheat, barley, oat, spelt, or rye. They are also discouraged from consuming a variety of legumes, including corn—and that’s where Coca-Cola comes in.
Traditional Coca-Cola contains high-fructose corn syrup. Hence, the company has launched a special “kosher for Passover” version of its soda, made with non-corn–based sweeteners, so everyone can enjoy a Coke during the holiday, according to the New York Times.
The yellow-capped bottle of Coca-Cola is stamped with “O-U-P,” the certification symbol of the Orthodox Union. Apparently, some non-Jewish people also enjoy drinking “Passover Coke” because it’s a throwback to how the drink used to taste when the company used cane or beet sugar, instead of corn syrup, as a sweetener.
[via Insider, cover image via Mehaniq / Shutterstock.com]
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