I’ve heard of some pretty wild food combos like bologna cake and spaghetti burritos, but never before have I seen such an affront to taste and decency as peanuts in Coca Cola, which is apparently quite the popular Southern treat. According to research conducted by Rick McDaniel for the official Coca Cola website, the delicacy has been a Southern staple since as early as the 1920s. There are several theories as to why people started nutting their Cokes, with the prevailing thought being that it originated as a means of conveniently enjoying both snacks while driving or during a (literally) dirty job. But no matter the impetus, the peanuts in Coke concoction is real, and I am shooketh.
Putting peanuts in a Coke is a Southern tradition pic.twitter.com/njGgjVqUy7
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 1, 2018
Although peanuts in Coke has been a Southern tradition for a while now, non-Southerners on Twitter—including myself—have only just now begu finding out about it. The reactions range from delight to disgust, with comedian Roy Wood Jr. of The Daily Show even going so far as to taste the abominable combination. Viewer discretion is advised.
I’m southern and this just looks nasty. Whole lotta NOPE!
— Meh… (@mkford79) August 2, 2018
If you haven’t tried peanuts in Coke, you haven’t lived. Don’t knock it until you’ve tasted it. Salt, sugar, sweet savory. My lunch. All three food groups if you add Fritos.
— Woody Paige (@woodypaige) August 2, 2018
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) August 1, 2018
Loved this as a kid. Almost as good as chocolate gravy with biscuits and sausage for breakfast.
— Seedsower99 (@trailseekrs) August 1, 2018
For a more detailed take on the snack, the YouTube channel Emmy Made in Japan released just such a video in 2017:
Well, what do you think? Would you be willing to give peanuts in Coke a try? Or does that bologna cake sound pretty good right about now? Sound off in the comments below if you would put your nuts in a bottle of Coke.
Featured Image: emmymadeinjapan/YouTube