Mazel Tov (or is it Mazal Tov?). Passover, the week long Jewish celebrtation commemorating God killing the first borns of Egypt in order to free the enslaved Hebrews, begins today. In the Old Testament God unleashed ten plagues on the Egyptians which would result in the death of every family’s first born child. The Jews were instructed to mark their door steps with the blood of a spring lamb, letting the vengeful Lord know they were Jewish and to pass over their homes with his ten plagues shenanigans. Even though God was kicking ass and taking names the Jews had to escape in such a hurry they couldn’t wait for their bread to rise, making passover the “Festival of Unleavened bread.”
For years coke has been made with high fructose corn syrup, a low cost sugar substitute made with…well corn. Corn is a leavening agent which means it’s to be cut out of the Jewish diet for a week every April. Since the Jewish population is so prevalent here in the United States and around the world, the Coca Cola company opens a special production line, supervised by a Rabbi to make a Kosher Coke alternative with sucrose instead of corn syrup to. Passover Coke is hard to find but flies off the shelf wherever it’s sold.
In a blind taste test, 2 out of 3 participants were able to indentify the difference between passover and regular coke. The passover coke has slightly less fizz and a lighter, barely distinguishable hint of citrus, it also doesn’t feel as heavy in your stomach after drinking. Most people who tried the Passover edition liked it except for one hardcore Coke drinker who said “If Coke tasted like that, I wouldn’t drink it.”
Passover Coke can be found locally at One Stop Kosher Market on Greenfield Road, right off 696 north of 10 Mile on the border of Southfield and Oak Park.
25155 Greenfield Road
*To my Jewish readers*
I did my best to be thorough in my reasearch for this entry. If there are any inaccuracies don’t hestitate to correct me in the comments and I will edit them accordingly.