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When is National Have A Coke Day?
May 8th is always National Have A Coke Day!
July 10th is The Real Thing Day (Coke Classic Debuted)

Are there other Drink Holidays?  Yes!

What are our favorite foods to drink coke with?
Hamburgers!!!! - National Hamburger Month
Hot dogs!!!!! - National Hot Dog Month

In the East, it's a soda.
But in other parts, it's a "pop," "tonic," or "coke."
Coke is everyone's favorite right!  You betcha! It's sold all over the world and it's always the first drink you see on a restaurants menu and it's not surprising that it's a #1 drink. But did you know that coke is  used for much more than drinking? We cook with it and clean with it too. In honor of National Have A Coke Day, celebrate this holiday by trying some of these great ways we enjoy coke.

Recipes using Coke as an ingredient are really very popular.
Even though coke is a favorite drink it's also a favorite ice cream dessert and used in a cake called the "coke cake". The sweetness of coke adds a nice touch to gravies and sauces. You can mix up a mean batch of homemade BBQ sauce with it too. Coke is used to marinate meats as a tenderizer, we love cocktail sausages boiled in coke instead of water.

See Cooking With Coca-Cola
recipe for Glazed Chicken Wings or BBQ Sauce, see BBQ Sauce Section

To bake a moist ham:
Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan; Wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

Coke, A Household Cleaner? Well that's what the Internet says.

To clean a toilet:
Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl. Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

Clean blood stains from clothes
Saturate the blood stain with Coca-Cola, let sit five minutes, then launder as usual. Coke removes blood from clothing—even dried blood that has gone through the washing machine and dryer.

To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

To clean corrosion from car battery terminals:
Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion. It will also clean windshield haze.

To loosen a rusted bolt:
Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

To remove grease from clothes:
Empty a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

Clean rust in a bathtub:
Saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca-Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the Coke removes rust.

Clean milk stains from clothes
Saturate the milk stains with a can of Coca-Cola, let the garment sit for five minutes, then launder in your regular wash.

Clean eyeglasses
The phosphoric acid cleans the grunge from eyeglasses, then rinse with water.

Clean tarnished pennies
Fill a drinking glass with Coca-Cola and drop in the pennies. Let sit for one hour, then wipe clean with a soft cloth.

What is Coca-Cola?
Coca-Cola is a cola (a type of carbonated soft drink) sold in stores, restaurants and vending machines in more than 200 countries. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company and is often referred to simply as Coke. Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton.

Coca-Cola Variations
The Coca-Cola Company has, on occasion, introduced other cola drinks under the Coke brand name. The most common of these is Diet Coke, which has become a major diet cola. However, others exist, including Diet Coke Caffeine-Free, Cherry Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Vanilla Coke and special editions with lemon and with lime and even with coffee. See the long list below:

New Coke (renamed Coke II)
Diet Coke (also known as Coca-Cola Light)
Diet Coke Plus
Coca-Cola C2
Coca-Cola Zero
Coca-Cola Cherry Zero
Coca-Cola Cherry
Diet Coke Cherry
Coca-Cola with Lemon
Diet Coke with Lemon
Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero
Coca-Cola Vanilla
Diet Coca-Cola Vanilla
Coca-Cola with Lime
Diet Coke with Lime
Coca-Cola Raspberry
Diet Coke Raspberry
Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla
Diet Coke Cherry Vanilla
Coca-Cola Blāk
Diet Coca-Cola with Citrus (Lemon and Lime)
Coca-Cola with Orange (Out June 2007 in the UK)[60]
TaB (original Diet Coke, still available in some countries)
Passover Coca-Cola - a Kosher for Passover Coke made with pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup.

Use of stimulants in formula
The beverage was named Coca-Cola because, originally, the stimulant mixed in the beverage was coca leaves from South America, which the drug cocaine is derived from. In addition, the drink was flavored using kola nuts, also acting as the beverage's source of caffeine. Pemberton called for five ounces of coca leaf per gallon of syrup, a significant dose, whereas, in 1891, Candler claimed his formula (altered extensively from Pemberton's original) contained only a tenth of this amount. Coca-Cola did once contain an estimated nine milligrams of cocaine per glass, but in 1903 it was removed. After 1904, Coca-Cola started using, instead of fresh leaves, "spent" leaves - the leftovers of the cocaine-extraction process with cocaine trace levels left over at a molecular level. To this day, Coca-Cola uses as an ingredient a non-narcotic coca leaf extract prepared at a Stepan Company plant in Maywood, New Jersey. In the United States, Stepan Company is the only manufacturing plant authorized by the Federal Government to import and process the coca plant
Find some great coke information at wikipedia.


Home Healing Remedies with Coke

Prevent an asthma attack
If you feel the onset of an asthma attack, drink two cans of Coke. The caffeine in Coke can help thwart an asthma attack, according to the book Home Remedies from the Country Doctor.

Soothe a sore throat
Gargle with Coca-Cola. The carbonation in the cola loosens phlegm.

Relieve constipation
Drinking a can of the real thing can have a laxative result.

Prevent diarrhea
When traveling through developing countries where the risk of getting diarrhea is high, drinking Coca-Cola helps minimize your chances of getting the trots, according to The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies. The acids in Coca Cola help reduce the amount of E. Coli bacteria in your intestines, inhibiting the production of toxins that would otherwise prevent your intestines from absorbing water.

Condition hair
To give your hair a great shine, pour a can of Coca Cola into your hair, working it in well, then rinse your hair with water.

Prevent flatulence
Add a can of Coca-Cola to a pot of pinto beans when cooking to neutralize the gas.

Soothe a jellyfish sting
Pouring the real thing over a jellyfish sting relieves the stinging pain. The acids in the Coke seem to neutralize the venom.


Gardening With Coke

Fertilize azaleas or gardenias
Watering azaleas or gardenias with Classic Coke increases the acidity in the soil, which azaleas love, and boosts plant performance. The sugar in the Coke feeds microorganisms in the soil, increasing the organic matter in the soil.

Kill slugs or snails
Fill jar lids with flat Coca-Cola and set in the garden. Slugs and snails, attracted by sweet soda, will slither into the jar lid and be killed by the acids in the Coke.

Boost a compost bin
Pouring flat Coca-Cola into the compost pile helps jump start the microorganisms. The Real Thing increases the acidity and the sugar feeds the microorganisms, increasing the organic matter in the compost.


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