How Much Do You Really Know About the Fizzy Refreshment Coca-Cola?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
How Much Do You Really Know About the Fizzy Refreshment Coca-Cola?
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About This Quiz

Coca-Cola is a soft drink, but it's so much more than a beverage. It's an iconic product that's recognizable to pretty much everyone on Earth. How much do you know about Coke?
Coca-Cola is one of the world's most popular products. How long has it been around?
1712
1886
It was first concocted back in 1886, about two decades after the Civil War. It started as a small product that turned into one of the world's most iconic brands.
1967

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How many bottles of Coca-Cola does the company sell every day?
About 1 million
About 10 million
About 1.9 billion
And you wonder why Coke is one of the most-used products on planet Earth? The company sells about 1.8 BILLION bottles of its product each and every day, in around 200 countries. Dentists everywhere rejoice in their job security.

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Coca-Cola was invented by John Pemberton. What was his background?
He was a druggist
Pemberton was a druggist who lived in Atlanta, Georgia. He created Coke as a medicine of sorts, but the product instead became a popular refreshment.
He was an arsonist
He was a gold miner

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Coke wasn't really all that popular to begin with. How did marketers get people more excited about it?
They gave away free samples
A man named Griggs Candler offered free samples to get people hooked. With just one taste, they were much more willing to actually pay for it.
They included a five-dollar bill with every bottle
They bribed local congressmen

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Why is it called "Coca-Cola," anyway?
It's named after the inventor's mother
It refers to the ingredients
The name "Coca-Cola" refers to the drink's ingredients. The kola nut was used for caffeine, and coca leaves were (at first) used as another stimulant.
It's just mumblo-jumbo

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Which country is even more obsessed with Coke than the United States?
Mexico
Mexicans love Coke. By some estimates, they drink more than 740 Coke products per year. Americans? About 400.
Cuba
North Korea

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The coca plant was once part of Coca-Cola's formula. It is known as a primary ingredient in which substance?
Cocaine
It's no wonder Coca-Cola was so refreshing and stimulating -- it included the coca plant, which of course is used to manufacture cocaine. Don't get excited, the company removed coca from the product way back in the early 1900s.
Tequila
Prozac

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What's the current formula for Coca-Cola?
Sugar, water, tea coloring
Even the company has no idea
It's a secret!
The formula for Coke is a closely-held trade secret. But the fact is, the company's brand name is one of the reasons it sells so much of its product, not some secret recipe.

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In 1963, the company released a diet version of Coke, but it wasn't called Diet Coke. What was the name?
Clip
Tab
In the early '60s, the company knew it was due to unveil a diet version of Coke, but it didn't want to dilute its core brand name. So it used the name "Tab" instead.
Tub

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John Pemberton invented the drink due to which personal problem?
He had greasy hair
He was addicted to morphine
Pemberton was hooked on morphine due to a Civil War injury. He hope that the formulation of Coca-Cola might alleviate some of his pain without leaving him in a stupor or suffering from withdrawal.
He had one leg that was shorter than the other

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In 1985, what product did the company unveil?
New Coke
In 1985, the company undertook one of its bravest -- and most controversial -- decisions ever, when it released New Coke. The backlash was immediate and severe.
Old Coke
Young Coke

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The company released New Coke in 1985, and in 1992 changed the name of the product to _____.
"Coke: The Second Coming"
"Coke II"
New Coke wasn't a very good name, but "Coke II" seems like grasping at soda straws. We all know how this story is going to end.
"We're Sorry"

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True or false, is Diet Coke pretty much the same formula as Coke, but with fewer calories?
true
false
Diet Coke might as well be an entirely different product, because it's formula is not at all like Coke's. In some places, it's not called Diet Coke, it's called Coca-Cola Light.

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New Coke was introduced in 1985, and many people threw a fit about it. How long did New Coke last?
Until 1986
Until 2002
The fiasco that was New Coke dragged on for -- believe it or not -- nearly 20 years. Introduced in 1985, it finally went away for good in 2002.
Until 2016

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Why did the company introduce New Coke, anyway?
People started complaining about the taste of old Coke
Budweiser was cutting into its sales
One word: Pepsi
A soda upstart named Pepsi was slashing into Coke's market share. In desperation, the company did away with its flagship product and brought in New Coke ... and it didn't go well.

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After introducing New Coke in 1985, how long did it take the company to reintroduce the "Classic" formula?
About 3 months
Coke put tremendous effort and marketing into New Coke, but the borderline violent backlash against the product meant that "old" Coke was back in stores in about three months. New Coke and Classic Coke were sold side by side for years.
About 13 years
They never brought it back

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What's special about Coca-Cola Zero?
The can is empty
It has no calories
Coke Zero has no calories. Unlike Diet Coke, the company specifically targeted Zero towards males, who often associate diet drinks with more feminine soda choices.
It has no taste

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When did Coke come up with the idea of putting its product into cans?
During World War II
During World War II, shipping bottles to troops serving overseas wasn't an option, so the company came up with the idea for aluminum cans. But that idea stalled largely due to aluminum rationing.
During the '80s
Five years ago

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New Coke immediately caused a backlash. So what's one potential reason the company tried to keep selling it for years?
The CEO preferred New Coke
It was cheaper to manufacture
We'll probably never know for sure, but there was rampant speculation that New Coke was significantly cheaper to manufacture. So the company kept pushing the product, hoping to increase its profits.
It was more addictive

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Coke sells so many products that about ____ are consumed every second of the day.
50
10,000
Every second of the day, about 10,000 Coke products are consumed by people around the world. And according to the commercials, some polar bears partake, too.
900 million

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The company says that there is an ideal temperature range for its flagship beverage. What is it?
59 to 68 degrees
34 to 38 degrees
If you've ever had a Coke that's too warm, you know it -- the sweetness can be a bit overwhelming. But at the "ideal" temperature of 34 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit, it's a fizzy and refreshing treat.
13 to 20 degrees

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What is NOT one flavor of Coca-Cola Zero?
Lemon
Coffee
Blueberry
There is no blueberry version of Coke Zero. It's been created in lemon, vanilla and cherry varieties.

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How much sugar does a 12-ounce can of regular Coca-Cola contain?
About 12 grams
About 38 grams
A single can of Coke contains about 38 grams of sugar (mostly as high fructose corn syrup). For many people, that's a pretty significant chunk of their sugar intake for a single day.
About 87 grams

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Coke has NEVER been created in which type of flavor?
Cherry
Citra
Pine
There has never been a pine version of Coke. Cherry Coke, however, is one of the company's most successful offshoots of its famous product.

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In 1990, Coke unveiled its MagiCans. What was in those cans?
Duck sauce
Crude oil
Money and gross water
MagiCans had cash in them -- sometimes up to $500. In order to prevent people from guessing that lighter cans contained money, the company also put a type of gross water in the can. Some people drank it, and of course, subsequently sued.

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Coke's advertising had a major impact on the image of which holiday character?
Easter Bunny
Santa Claus
In the 1920s, Coke changed up its Christmas season advertising to feature a jolly version of Santa Claus. Until that point, the depictions of Santa were less uniform (and often less jolly).
Freddy Krueger

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What flavor did Coca-Cola Blak contain?
Coffee
Coca-Cola Blak was available in the mid-2000s, in a select number of countries. It had a strong coffee flavor that completed the cola.
Hickory
Mesquite

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The company now makes a lot of different beverages. About how many beverages originate with the Coca-Cola Company?
About 30
About 10
About 3,500
From soda, to energy drinks, to juices, Coca-Cola sells thousands of different beverages. It currently makes about 3,500 drinks.

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How is the Coke served at McDonald's different from the Coke at many other places?
It's piped directly from Coke headquarter
It's served from a stainless steel container
Coke and McDonald's have had a close relatonship for decades. Unlike most joints, McDonald's receives its Coke in stainless steel containers instead of plastic bags. Many people swear that there is a taste difference.
It contains bits of hamburger

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What is Coca-Cola Life?
Coke with triple the caffeine
Coke with different sweeteners
Coca-Cola Life tastes a lot like regular Coke. But it uses sugar and stevia as its primary sweeteners, a fact that cuts down on calories.
A serious addiction to Coke

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