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. 

17 comments

  1. 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!

    • 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!

    • 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. 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!

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

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

    • 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!

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