Local Sugar Cane Cola

I grew up with cola and soft drinks sweet­ened with actu­al sug­ar (from actu­al sug­ar cane), as opposed to the over­ly sweet high fruc­tose corn syrup used here. While I have nev­er been a real fan of the cola fla­vor, I espe­cial­ly detest cola drinks in this coun­try.

Every so often we have got­ten a bot­tle of Mex­i­can Coca-Cola from a local restau­rant, just to taste the dif­fer­ence. When we do, it brings back mem­o­ries of grow­ing up over­seas, and I invari­ably think, this is what coke is sup­posed to taste like.

Well, the oth­er day, at our local food coop­er­a­tive ((Our local food coop is The Com­mu­ni­ty Mer­can­tile, in Lawrence, KS.)), I found this:

Lost Trail Sugar Cane Cola

Made in KS It is the real deal. Expen­sive, yes, but no more­so than your Jones Soda or your Extra Gin­ger Brew. It tastes like cola should. And, it is made just about six­ty miles from here, in Louis­burg, KS (where, inci­den­tal­ly, my wife’s uncle lives). The Louis­burg Cider Mill ((The Louis­burg Cider Mill, in Louis­burg, KS, has a pret­ty impres­sive web site.)) is most­ly an apple cider and root beer brew­er (and aren’t those a dime a dozen nowa­days) but they also make this stuff.

Now, there’s a lot of stuff out there about high fruc­tose corn syrup ((High Fruc­tose Corn Syrup at Wikipedia, not a bad arti­cle but a lit­tle left of cen­ter.)), the sug­ar lob­by ((Sug­ar at Wikipedia, though this is an cau­tion­ary exer­cise in Wikipedi­at­ing… wow this arti­cle is a mess.)), and sug­ar alter­na­tives ((Ste­via, a sug­ar alter­na­tive at Wikipedia. Pret­ty inter­est­ing, espe­cial­ly the part about Cargill and Coca-Cola.)). The health food­ies have their angle, the naftites have their angle, indus­try has their angle, even the Japan­ese have their angle. The pol­i­tics are fas­ci­nat­ing, too ((Sug­ar in the 2007 Farm Bill, skip down to the sec­tion on sug­ar.)).

I’m not going to get into it, except to say this: I like the idea of actu­al sug­ar. And, it tastes bet­ter, too. So there.

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Danny

My name is Danny, and I grew up living overseas, but have settled in Kansas, where it turns out some of my family started, back when. I am helping to raise my own family, and hoping to be proud of what I've done when it's all over.