The contents of the beverage, first developed by medicinal pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886, have always been a mystery to the rest of the industry – and to the consumer.
However, Thisamericanlife.org claims to have uncovered a list of Coca-Cola ingredients in a photograph printed with a newspaper article more than three decades ago.
On February 8th 1979, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a photo of someone holding open a recipe book containing an ingredients list said to be a replica of Pemberton’s original.
Among the many components allegedly required to make Coca-Cola’s flagship beverage are caffeine, lime juice, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, orange oil, nutmeg oil and cinnamon.
The official Coca-Cola recipe is thought to be guarded round the clock at the soft drinks giant’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.