QotD: The Best Part of Waking Up

What’s your morning beverage of choice?  Coffee, tea, juice?  Homemade or store-bought?

Diet Coke.  But not just any Diet Coke.  Because, you see, there is a taste difference among Diet Cokes.  Several factors can influence the taste of a Diet Coke.  Including, but not limited to:

  • Original source of Diet Coke (fountain, can, bottle)
  • Composition of Diet Coke receptacle (plastic cup, glass, styrofoam, direct from source)
  • Size, shape, quantity of ice (if applicable)
  • Straw girth (seriously, it makes a difference)

The preferred method of Diet Coke ingestion is fountain Diet Coke, in a styrofoam cup, with lots of teeny tiny ice chips, and a wide straw.  Sonic serves this precise configuration in a 44 oz slice of caffeinated heaven called the “Route 44 Diet Coke”.  It’s what angels drink.

Next runner up is an insulated plastic cup, with square ice cubes, and diet coke from a plastic bottle.  Straw girth is not applicable.

Almost never acceptable is Diet Coke consumed directly from a plastic bottle.  It is never cold enough.  Adequate temperature is imperative.  In a pinch though, Diet Coke from a very cold can is perfection.  Only occasionally though.  And a teeny tiny straw can ruin even the most delicious configuration.  I dont’ know why, but it affects the chemical structure some how.  And don’t get me started on the differences in fountains…..  A Diet Coke from McDonald’s is completely different from one at Jack in the Box.

For the record…. yes, I know I have issues.  And no, I don’t particularly care.  Beyond my morning Diet Coke, I primarily drink water or green tea.  Diet Coke is my one “unhealthy” indulgence, and I’d wager that it’s a lot healthier than some of the other caffeine options (I’m looking at you, Starbucks Addicts Anonymous. 

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