Why You Need to Put Peanuts In Your Next Coke


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By: Justin Kirkland/Esquire

 

As a Southerner, I spend a lot of time pushing a heavy agenda of Dolly Parton, excessive butter use, and college football. We don’t always get it right (ever heard of pig’s feet?), but when we do, we really get it right. We are the good people who bring you grits, biscuits and gravy, and fried green tomatoes. One of our lesser-known slam dunks? Coke and peanuts.

I was first indoctrinated on my mamaw’s front porch, when my dad said “trust me,” and poured half his bag of salted peanuts into my open bottle of coke. Blasphemy, right? Negative. What resulted was a mix of savory and sweet deliciousness. Better yet, the peanuts stick around, stay crunchy, and give you a nice little snack at the end of your beverage. Think of it like the working man’s strawberries in champagne.

According to the National Peanut Federation’s site, the practice likely originated in the 1920s, when workers with dirty hands didn’t want to touch their peanuts, so they just dumped them in their Coke. For me, it was 1995, and my hands were probably gross because I was a child, but nonetheless grateful for the ingenuity of all the dirty boys before me.

As for peanuts and Diet Coke? Gross. Diet Coke is sweetened with something that isn’t sugar—likely the sins of our fathers—so it just doesn’t pair in the same way that good ol’ Coca-Cola Classic does.

Do it yourself: grab a 20 ounce Coke and a bag of lightly salted peanuts. The salt matters. Pour half in and go forth. Be happy.

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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