View Poll Results: Have you heard of putting peanuts in Coke?
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I've never heard of doing this (until today, that is). 50 26.46%
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:56 PM
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Putting peanuts in your Coke. Have you heard of such a practice?

Someone earlier suggested to me that I put peanuts in my Coca-Cola. Uh...what?
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:57 PM
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Yes. It's a Texas thing, right? Or is that peanuts in beer? Anyhow, I've heard of it.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:01 PM
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I thought it was boiled peanuts? I’ve never seen it, but I have heard of it.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:03 PM
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I did it growing up. The thing was to get a bottle of Coke and a pack of salted peanuts from the vending machine, dump the peanuts into the bottle, drink, and then eat the Coke-soaked salty goodness.

I thought it was a Southern thing, not just a Texas thing.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:04 PM
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I can personally attest to this from 1959.

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Old 11-11-2011, 06:05 PM
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Yes. It's a Texas thing, right? Or is that peanuts in beer? Anyhow, I've heard of it.
I'm in Texas, and the way I heard it was putting peanuts in your Dr. Pepper. But since Texans call all sodas Coke, then I think it still counts.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:06 PM
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I've been doing it for 40 plus years.

Even now, about once a month I buy a package of Toms Salted Peanuts and put half the pack in my coke. I save the other half for another coke a few days later.

As a kid I ate the whole pack with a coke.

I hate salted peanuts straight from the package. Too darn salty. Coke gets rid of the salt so I can enjoy the peanuts. Coke even tastes better with the salt. Not that I usually add salt to coke on purpose.

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Old 11-11-2011, 06:08 PM
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Well, yeah...
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:16 PM
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Several years ago I gave a friend a cookbook for his birthday called White Trash Cooking. Some of the "recipes" I remember from there:

Peanuts & Coke: put peanuts in Coca-Cola, drink and chew at the same time.

"Won't stick to your mouth" peanut butter sandwich: peanut butter and mayonnaise.

I think they also had a potato chip sandwich.

Four-can casserole: one can Campbell's mushroom soup, three cans of something else (they told you the exact brand), mix together, pop it into the oven.

But they also had "real" recipes for things like squirrel and possum, and for some Southern foods like hush puppies, collard greens, biscuits..
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:23 PM
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I did it growing up. The thing was to get a bottle of Coke and a pack of salted peanuts from the vending machine, dump the peanuts into the bottle, drink, and then eat the Coke-soaked salty goodness.

I thought it was a Southern thing, not just a Texas thing.
Yeah, I was wondering if it was Southern, or Texas, or both (as I realize Texans don't necessarily like to be lumped into the greater "Southern" category.)
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:25 PM
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Does adding salt to the cola make it turn flat?
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:28 PM
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It's a Southern thing, not a specifically Texas thing.

And yes, it makes the Coke flat, which is why I never took to the peanuts-in-coke thing.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:33 PM
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I should add that it's an old-timey Southern thing, dating back to the days when Coke came in 6-oz bottles.

I never see anybody doing the peanuts-in-Coke thing these days, but maybe there are a few nostalgic hangers-on still in that habit.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:34 PM
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Someone earlier suggested to me that I put peanuts in my Coca-Cola. Uh...what?
My brother has always done this. You just get one of those little packs of salted peanuts and dump them into your bottle of Coke.

I don't know if he ever did it in a can of Coke, but bottled Coke or RC Cola, sure.

Just never was to my taste.

ETA: this was in Georgia, in the 1970s, for the most part. He may still do it now, just not sure.

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Old 11-11-2011, 06:41 PM
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I have a very vague memory of hearing about it. But I can't call up the details.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:02 PM
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Heh, I've never heard of such a thing till now, but I like to keep an open mind about things like this. I'll have to try it someday. It always annoys me when someone comes up to me while I'm eating something and says something like "eww ucky! Gross, I hate that!" de gustibus non disputandum est.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:02 PM
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My mother did this, and I picked it up from her. This was in rural Louisiana back in the 70s. You drink a little of the Coke to make room, then pour one of the little snack packs of roasted, salted peanuts in. It makes a bunch of salty-sweet foam (which is the best part); once that's gone, you drink the mostly flat Coke and munch the peanuts. I never particularly liked peanuts, but I liked them in Coke. I haven't done it in years, though.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:11 PM
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Fun 80s trivia: I believe I remember seeing a scene in "Dynasty" (don't judge me you don't know my life!) where Sammy Jo (Heather Locklear's character) was having a conversation with someone and was shown dumping a bunch of peanuts into a Coke. It was clearly used to communicate quickly that she was an uneducated backwoods hick.

I am, however, open to the possibility that I hallucinated that scene, given that it was the 80s.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:12 PM
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The first I ever heard of it was that Barbara Mandrell song, "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool." Then I saw some old guys at a Charlottesville, VA laundromat doing it (This was maybe 1980). I tried it once out of curiosity, but never a second time.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:17 PM
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If you do it now, use the cane sugar Coke to get the best effect. I buy mine at the local mercado. Same for drinking Coke with vinegar and salt potato chips and plain M&Ms. For me, HFCS cola (any brand) just doesn't do it "right." I might try it with some other brands of cane sugar sodas, see how it goes. YMMV


BTW, I'm Southern by birth, Texan by the grace of God.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:36 PM
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My mom does it from time to time, and I used to. Though my mom, heathen that she is, uses Pepsi instead of Coke.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:41 PM
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The South can't claim it. We used to do it up North, in Mass., in the '50s
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:44 PM
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I do it all the time, and have done it for years. Delish.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:46 PM
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:49 PM
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It was, my mother tells me, common in rural South Carolina ca. 1957.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:56 PM
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My grandmother told me she had been putting peanuts in her Coke since she was a girl, and that conversation was in the late Sixties when she introduced me to the practice. This was in Arkansas.

When I moved to Oklahoma, most people looked at me funny when I put peanuts in a bottle frosty cold Coke - whenever I could find Coke in glass bottles. It just isn't the same in a plastic bottle.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:19 PM
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I've taught my two Canadian kids to do it, and now my wife does it as well.

Tradition! Tradition!
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:19 PM
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I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and putting peanuts in your Coke was unthinkable. You were supposed to put peanuts in your Dr. Pepper or RC Cola, but not your Coke. You'd have to drink some of the soda to make room, as others said, and then dump the peanuts into the bottle.

I'm not really crazy about peanuts, so I didn't do this as often as many of my peers did, plus I was generally not given spending money other than for my birthday or Xmas. If I had money, it was because I'd actually earned it as a babysitter or other chores, and I didn't like peanuts or pop so much that I'd spend my hard earned money on it. Candy, yes, sunflower seeds or cashews, yes. Peanuts? No.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:21 PM
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My father did this all the time. He grew up in Mississippi. I never saw the appeal. But I love boiled peanuts. Yum.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:33 PM
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I learned it from my grandpa and I still do it today! I buy "glass bottle Cokes" at Publix just for this purpose. I'm from Georgia, not Texas, but everyone I knew growing up did it. As far as I know, I'm the only one I currently know who does it. Maybe they don't do that here in Alabama? But the tradition will die with me as my daughter can't stand it.

Also, you eat Moon Pies with your RC Cola, not peanuts!

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Old 11-11-2011, 08:59 PM
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Salted peanuts in Coca-Cola. Dr. Pepper? Eww
Moon Pies and R.C. cola.
Boiled peanuts are accompanied by sweet tea.

What is this Pepsi of which you speak?
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:09 PM
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My dad, a lifelong Kansan, does it with peanuts and (gag) Diet Pepsi. I have no idea where he picked it up.

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Old 11-11-2011, 09:33 PM
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Neither of the poll options quite apply.

Peanuts and soda are pretty common fare on airplanes. It's pretty easy to get a peanut+coke experience in your mouth and discover that it's a decent thing. So while I wasn't aware that it's caught on outside of the air industry, it doesn't surprise me at all.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:46 PM
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Oh, peanuts in soda predates air travel for the unwashed masses.

And Moon Pies and RC Cola were a traditional combo, but when I was growing up, a lot of people would drink RC rather than any other brand of cola for any reason. I think, but I'm not sure, that RC was a penny cheaper than other sodas, back when a penny's difference was actually a thing to consider, and so a lot of people got used to drinking RC.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:53 PM
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I've been doing it for 40 plus years.

Even now, about once a month I buy a package of Toms Salted Peanuts and put half the pack in my coke. I save the other half for another coke a few days later.

As a kid I ate the whole pack with a coke.

I hate salted peanuts straight from the package. Too darn salty. Coke gets rid of the salt so I can enjoy the peanuts. Coke even tastes better with the salt. Not that I usually add salt to coke on purpose.

There you go. It was with Toms Peanuts. One trucker told me that was his meal.
Dump the peanuts in the Coke and keep driving. I understand that Toms peanuts are no longer available.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:05 PM
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Oh, peanuts in soda predates air travel for the unwashed masses.
Possibly true. Peanuts as a snack were probably, overall, more predominant through the nation in the days of yore; at the circus, at home, etc. These days I don't think you see a pack of peanuts outside of the air.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:11 PM
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Mom said that peanuts and soda was a popular combination with certain people in the section of Philadelphia she was raised in.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:15 PM
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I think Toms Peanuts are still around. I bought a pack of peanuts last week at my local Exxon. They have a rack of various Toms snacks.

Maybe they were Lays peanuts? not sure now.
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There you go. It was with Toms Peanuts. One trucker told me that was his meal.
Dump the peanuts in the Coke and keep driving. I understand that Toms peanuts are no longer available.

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Old 11-11-2011, 10:43 PM
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They're better in Dr. Pepper. The salt in the peanuts tones down the sweetness of the Dr. Pepper.
If you manage to make it to the bottom of the bottle, you're left with unsalted, slightly sweet, soft peanuts.
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Oh, peanuts in soda predates air travel for the unwashed masses.

And Moon Pies and RC Cola were a traditional combo, but when I was growing up, a lot of people would drink RC rather than any other brand of cola for any reason. I think, but I'm not sure, that RC was a penny cheaper than other sodas, back when a penny's difference was actually a thing to consider, and so a lot of people got used to drinking RC.
No, no. RC Cola is what you drink with Moon Pies.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:01 PM
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Try putting sprees in your coke.. fizz fizz

Have never heard of peanuts in it..I suppose the sweet & salty taste is appealing.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:22 PM
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My father (b. 1927) always put peanuts in his Coke if he had them.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:59 PM
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Possibly true. Peanuts as a snack were probably, overall, more predominant through the nation in the days of yore; at the circus, at home, etc. These days I don't think you see a pack of peanuts outside of the air.
Every gas station and convenience store around here has a rack of them. Granted, there's more variety than there used to be--you generally have the additional choices of cashews, almonds, and often peanuts with seasonings other than plain salt. I have not experimented with any of the other options in Coke, but I am not optimistic.
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:31 AM
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Every gas station and convenience store around here has a rack of them. Granted, there's more variety than there used to be--you generally have the additional choices of cashews, almonds, and often peanuts with seasonings other than plain salt. I have not experimented with any of the other options in Coke, but I am not optimistic.
Interestingly, none of those is a true nut.
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:57 AM
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As Sam Lowry said, in East Texas when I was a kid, it was peanuts in Dr. Pepper. Although, we called all carbonated beverages Coke.

This was a common exchange at the drug store:

"Give me a coke."

"What kind?"

"Dr. Pepper."

I'm not going to try to explain that. It's just the way it was. However, we only bought Dr. Pepper "cokes" when we wanted to put peanuts in. All in all, thinking about it, it was pretty darn strange.
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I've heard of this, but only via internet message boards.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:22 AM
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This was a common exchange at the drug store:

"Give me a coke."

"What kind?"

"Dr. Pepper."
That still happens here in GA. Anytime I'm at a place where the waitress brings your drink, I have a similar exchange.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:11 AM
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Worth noting that this was a big thing among farmers in hot climates before there were electrolyte drinks, so restoring salt might have been its underlying purpose.

OTOH a lot of people sprinkle salt in chocolate milk. I haven't tried it but those who do swear by it.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:37 AM
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Nope, never heard of it. What's the purpose? Does it change the flavor of the soda, or is it to soak up the flavor of the soda in the peanuts to eat afterwards?
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