January 19, 2006

Black Cherry Vanilla Coke

We were up in Boston for a doctor’s visit at Children’s Hospital (it went well, for those interested) and the CVS inside the hospital was selling Diet (and nondiet) Black Cherry Vanilla Coke.

Apparently, the company is phasing out Vanilla Coke and phasing in this new flavor.

While Maggie was giving blood (will bleed for free parking) M and I headed into CVS and I grabbed a bottle of the diet version. The registerfellow told me that if I bought a Diet Coke, I’d get one of the new flavors for free, so I did that.

My impressions: This stuff is really, really, really sweet. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, it may be for you. Sharon asked me if it was as sweet as Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper. I’d put it slightly below that in sweetness. I would prefer it to the Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, but that isn’t much of an endorsement from me, since i wasn’t a big fan of that Dr. Pepper variation.

I’ve not yet tried the sugar version. Maybe it’s better. But by far my favorite Coke branded product is still Coke Zero.

I still haven’t spotted the rumored Coca-Cola Blak. Anybody seen it?

Posted by James at January 19, 2006 3:47 PM
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You make it sound so... cheap. They were in dire need of O+.

Posted by: Maggie at January 19, 2006 5:14 PM

I should give blood again -not be one the many who only give once...but I am a bit reluctant, though I doubt I'll pass out and bust my glasses again.

Posted by: Sharon at January 19, 2006 6:35 PM

Oh, gosh, it sounds like you gave more than blood. I'm kind of surprised I'm not a fainter, but somehow I manage to donate pretty successfully. They made me eat lunch before I gave.

Posted by: Maggie at January 19, 2006 7:42 PM

You can take your glasses off first...

They're phasing out Vanilla Coke?? Well, damn, that explains why I've had trouble finding it lately. :( I'll try the cherry-vanilla variety, but I really liked plain vanilla a lot!

If you want cherry-vanilla, get a can of cherry and a can of vanilla and mix 'em together. Now the peeps who prefer vanilla won't have that choice any more. :(

Posted by: Julie at January 20, 2006 8:53 AM

According to the article you linked to, Blak ain't going to be around for a while. It's being released in France this month and not in the US until later this year... couldn't pinpoint exactly how much later. And I'm not sure I care. It sounds awful!

Posted by: Julie at January 20, 2006 8:57 AM

I wonder if that's a wise choice of product name for English speaking countries where consumers might see the bottle and make the same mistake I did, reading the name as "Coca-Cola Blah".

Posted by: Mike L. at January 20, 2006 9:47 AM

With the whatchamacallit, bar thing over the a, it looks as though it should be pronounced "blake."

Posted by: Julie at January 20, 2006 10:19 AM

Ha - that made me laugh, Mike. I am pictureing Count Blah from Greg the Bunny.

However, I wonder what the heck they mean when they write "Blak" with the line over the "a." Isn't that the phonetic spelling of "blake?"

Julie: yes, it doesn't sound very good. I didn't realize that the release of this stuff was only in other countries. That's not very American!!!!!

Posted by: James at January 20, 2006 10:35 AM

I'm surprised Congress hasn't taken action. A new product by an American company debuting in France?!?

Posted by: briwei at January 20, 2006 11:27 AM


When I hear of any cherry-flavored drink, I think Cherachol-D. Having just had several days filled with CVS-brand Robitussin, I feel queasy even typing this email.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 20, 2006 11:50 AM

I think you wouldn't like Cheerwine.

Posted by: Julie at January 20, 2006 12:02 PM

I bought this soda plus a Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr.Pepper for side-by-side comparisons (regular Diet Dr.Pepper and Diet Coke are staples in my fridge). I prefer the Dr.Pepper variety because I actually find it less sweet and less Cherry-Vanilla-flavorful than the Coke one. I'm sure it's because I love the unadulterated flavor of Diet Coke and really don't like sweetness of regular Coke (blame it on my childhood as a Pepsi addict). I also still prefer regular Diet Dr.Pepper to the flavored one.

My diet soda King and Queen are still the originals: Diet Coke and Fresca. The only new sodas that come close are Diet Coke with Splenda and Peach Fresca.

Posted by: Sharon at January 20, 2006 12:32 PM

As for Coca-Cola Blak, judging by the diacritical mark on the bottle, this is to be pronounced "blAYk," with an "a" as in "day."

Chances are some marketing moron thought it looked cool and has no idea of the pronunciation of an a with a line over it.


Posted by: Patti M. at January 20, 2006 1:22 PM

I tried the non-diet version this weekend. Unfortunately all they had was 12-packs. It's not bad, but I probably won't buy it again.

Posted by: Julie at January 23, 2006 9:45 AM

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