It is a known fact that one of the iconic features of Coca-Cola is its white logo and red cap. However, there are times you will come across yellow caped Coca-cola bottles. Why is that? What could the hidden message be?
1. Unusual Colored Caps
As we all know, the red bottle cap and white lettered logo are standard features of Coca-Cola, and have been continuously used since 1893. But if we pay a little attention, we will find that these seemingly identical Coke bottle caps hide a mysterious secret.
2. Caps In Different Colors
In fact, we can already see a lot of different colors of bottle caps that indicate different flavors, such as black for low sugar coke and purple for cherry-flavored coke. But there is another slight variation to the yellow cap.
3. The Different Ingredient
Coke with yellow caps looks just like the classic coke at first glance, but when you compare the recipe to the standard one, the ingredients are different. Regular coke contains high fructose corn syrup, while yellow cap bottles don't. Instead, the yellow ones contain a substance called sucrose, a sweetener derived from beet sugar. Why is that?
4. Jewish Passover
The reason is simple, coke with yellow caps is made especially for people who celebrate Passover, an annual Jewish holiday. On this day, Jewish people can't eat anything with corn syrup, which means regular Coke is off the table. Jewish people certainly can't do without the national beverage, which is when the yellow caped coke comes into the picture.
5. The Proposal
The first person to suggest this special coke was Tuvia Geffen, a synagogue leader in Atlanta, Georgia. In the mid-1930s, he noted, "Because it has become an insurmountable problem to prevent the vast majority of Jews from drinking this drink on Passover, I am seriously trying to find a way to allow its use."
6. The Special Coke Was Born
Under these circumstances, the yellow-cap coke with sucrose was born. It essentially states that "this drink is kosher during Passover." Simply put, it's a seal of approval.
7. The Orthodox Union Mandate
Some versions of Passover-friendly cokes not only have yellow caps but also have "O-U-P" printed on them. This refers to a mandate from the Orthodox Union to confirm that it is kosher and can be consumed on sacred holidays.
8. Try It Out
Whether you're Jewish or not, you can always try the yellow caped Coca-Cola. Some even argue that this particular cola tastes better than the regular version with its high-fructose corn syrup. So if you want a sip, do remember to look around the supermarkets in April!