Cooking with Coca-Cola®: Recipes and A Super-Cool History Lesson

Good morning, readers! I don’t know about you, but I have a soft spot for Coca-Cola. We all occasionally need a sugar fix, and in my case, I prefer a can of pop to a hard sugary candy or a piece of chocolate. Soda over ice is always the ideal choice, but have you ever thought about cooking with soda pop? Keep reading for some history on the iconic Coca-Cola brand and awesome ideas for turning Coke fizz into recipe gold!

The Coca-Cola brand has been around since 1886; I think it’s fun to imagine the high society of the Mid-Victorian age sipping on this newfangled beverage treat. Here are some interesting facts about the company and the famous soda pop:

Coca-Cola was invented by Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta. The brand name was provided by the doctor’s bookkeeper; he also scripted the flowing Coca-Cola logo that is so recognizable and iconic today.

In 1887, Asa Candler bought the formula for Coca-Cola from Pemberton for under $2,500. By 1897, Coca-Cola was heavily-marketed and quickly became one of the most popular fountain drinks in the states.

Until 1905, Coke contained extracts of cocaine as well as kola nut (very high in caffeine).

As if the company wasn’t cool enough, they are also working towards helping the polar bears of the Arctic. You can check out their initiative and even send cute personalized e-cards to friends over at their site!

Now for the recipes:

Coca-Cola Chicken

Simple But Great Pork Chops

Holiday Coca-Cola Baked Ham

Coca-Cola Brownie Cake

Find more Coke recipes in the collection here.

Looking for ways to bake with other sodas? Look no further!

Tell me: What soft drink do you adore, and do you use it when you cook or bake? Let me know in the COMMENTS!

Until next time,


*Photo Courtesy of Coca-Cola®

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  • Bebe

    I loveeeeeeeee diet coke, but I don’t know if I would cook with it!

  • Maryanne

    I really like this idea. I love Sprite and how it has a slightly sweet aftertaste. It would probably be nice in a cake or bread.

  • Sandra

    I use a Coca-Cola, which by the way is the only soft drink to drink!, poured over a roast-whether it be in a crockpot or in the oven roasting. It helps to tenderize the meat and gives the gravy a yummy flavor. An orange flavored soft drink over ham is also good.

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