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.