Chilling out Homestyle with Diet Coke at Asda

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The snap-hiss of opening a Diet Coke can – as my friends well testify – is music to my ears.

Some people relax with cups of tea, some people with beer but for me the fizz of an ice cold glass of cola is how I wind down and chill out. I love my favourite drink so much I have gotten into quarrels over its authenticity. I know my Diet Coke the way a sommelier knows his Bordeaux.

A local shopkeeper got shirty when I suggested Irish-import Diet Coke differed to the UK. But the Coca Cola website confirms their world famous recipe is indeed tweaked to suit local tastes.  So I am NOT going mad when I insist my Diet Coke has the immortal word “Uxbridge” and a GB tag printed on the side.

And it’s not just the contents, Coca Cola packages its products differently around the world. A few versions I have tried are:

  • South African ribbed cans – really! Admittedly this was in the 90s
  • Some countries sell Coca Cola in pre-loved recycled glass bottles (good on them – in my personal opinion Coke always tastes best drunk out of ice cold glass)
  • Italians sip from tall skinny 300 ml can  (as seen in Venice last year)
  • Outside the UK, Coca Cola is often called “Coca-Light” (French is sweeter, Dutch more similar to UK)
  • “Coke Zero” is a higher caffeine diet version favoured in Eastern Europe

Limited edition flavours come and go… I have flirted with lemon, vanilla, lime and cherry but the real thing is my favourite.

So how fizzed up was I when the folks at Collective Bias asked me to visit Asda and stock up on my favourite refreshment!

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We visited the Asda store on the Isle of Dogs in East London. It’s a smaller branch than my nearest big store in Leyton but had the most awesome homeware section! More on some of those below…

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Although Diet Coke is my choice for drinking everyday, I also buy regular Coca Cola for cooking. A Nigella Lawson style ham slow cooked in Coca Cola is a regular recipes in our house – and works out way cheaper for hubby’s sandwiches than buying wafer thin varieties.

Getting dizzy with the fizzy, I do a weekly calculation which size works best according to current offers.  Asda were currently selling:

  • 30 x 330ml cans for £7
  • 3 x 1.75 litre bottles for £3
  • 4 x 150ml cans for £1 (arrr dinky handbag size).

My top choices how I like my Diet Coke

  • Savoured ice cold poured from glass bottle (no straws, they bob about), two chunks of ice but no lemon slices
  • Sipped from 330ml cans (so cold condensation appears on the side)
  • Swigged from 500ml bottles (so not to spill it on tube journeys!!!)

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So back at home I was browsing the beautiful new edition of George home catalogue full of those lovely homewares… I may have to revisit my nearest Asda Living in the retail park at Tottenham to see if they have some gorgeous spotty red plates I am head over heals in love with (check out my Pinterest board Kitchen Style Red White and Blue too).

After all my frothing about Coca Cola, I will leave you with a selection of cool Cola Cola homewares to perk up your kitchen (including several from certain Asda stores or online – check for availability):

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Coca Cola retro tray
£4 at Asda

Coca Cola ceramic salt and pepper set
£8.99 by ShopCoke.com

Coca Cola wall mounted bottle opener
£4.99 by ShopCoke.com (I have one and it brings a smile to my face whenever I use it)

Coca Cola hi-ball glasses set
£6 at Asda

Coca Cola coasters set of six
£5 at Asda

Coca Cola Ice Cream Float Sundae Gift Set
£21.99 by ShopCoke.com

 

How do you like your Coke?

 

Post commissioned by Collective Bias on behalf of Coca Cola. 

Comments

  1. says

    I grew up with Coca-cola in my house. My dad loves the stuff! We weren’t allowed it really until we were much older, having a half of a child’s glass was a real treat to us! Needless to say Coke products/homewares always remind me of home and my dad!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      I was surprised to find so many around, there seems to be 3 ages of Coke memorabilia; turn of the century, 1950s and 1980s. I like the 50s stuff best, reminds me of Back to the Future!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Yes the trays look fab don’t they – I think any global brand tweaks itself for local markets. I guess we’re not as alike as we think!!

  2. says

    OMG, I am LOVING the sundae set – gorgeous! I really want one of those retro, wooden crates that hold bottles of Coca-Cola (often see them on American blogs). I agree about Coke tasting different too depending on the country! My favourite is Cherry Coca-Cola – yummy!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      The sundae set is fab isn’t it. I might have to invest in some of the trays as they’re such a bargain!

  3. says

    I’m a diet coke girl, although on mat leave friends used to have decaff so I now have the taste for that. Love glass bottles the best though. Rare to find them in th eUK

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      I can’t remember seeing the decaffeinated version for ages… I didn’t know they still did it. Must investigate. Thanks!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      I haven’t had a Coke float since I was about ten… I remember having one in Bourton on the Water on a day trip to the Cotswolds with my grandfather!

  4. says

    Great post – Coca-Cola is the best! Camilla you must give your son a Coke Float – lovely summer drink :)

  5. says

    Ah snap fizz…. the sounds of summer!!! Great post Sarah and love the look of that merchandise… the boys would love ice cream in those sundae glasses and so would I for that matter. Coke float anyone?!!!

  6. says

    Random fact – my sister’s father in law designed the very first ad banner for Coca Cola! He kept the billboard in his garage! We also like NIgella’s ham in coke recipe!!