Mexican Coke, also called "Coca Cola de Mexico," "Coke de Mexico," or, informally, "MexiCoke," is Coca-Cola that is made and bottled in Mexico in a thick glass bottle. Although intended for consumption in Mexico, Mexican Coke has become popular in the United States because of a flavor that fans call "a lot more natural tasting". The primary difference in flavor between Mexican Coke and the American Coca Cola recipe is that Mexican Coke is sweetened using cane sugar as opposed to high-fructose corn syrup.
In taste tests, tasters have noted that the Mexican Coke has "a more complex flavor with an ineffable spicy and herbal note", and that it contained something "that darkly hinted at root beer or old-fashioned sarsaparilla candies". Some have suggested that the flavor resembles that of the kola nut.
Mexican Coke is bottled in a thick 355 mL or 500 mL glass bottle, which some have described in contrast to the American Coke plastic bottles as being "more elegant, with a pleasingly nostalgic shape". Instead of having a vinyl label wrapped around plastic, an enamel label is painted directly on the glass bottle, with a smaller paper sticker attached to meet the requirements of U.S. nutritional facts labeling.
Stores selling Mexican Coke often also sell imported Sprite, Fanta orange soda, and Jarritos with refined cane sugar alongside this Coke type. The World of Coca-Cola sells Mexican Coke in its gift store.
Mexican Coke is now widely distributed in the United States in Kroger grocery stores in the Western states, Dollar General Market stores, Fry's, King Soopers & City Market. It is also available in the Western US in most 7-11, H-E-B, Safeway & WalMart stores. More recently, Wegmans and Market Basket have also begun carrying Mexican Coke in the New England states.