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Does Photo Show Garlic-Flavored Coca-Cola?

Rumors claimed that the product was being test-marketed in Romania.

Published Feb. 14, 2015

Updated Sept. 22, 2022
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A photograph shows a can of garlic-flavored Coca-Cola being test-marketed in Romania.

A photograph purportedly showing a can of Coca-Cola Garlic has been circulating on the internet since at least 2014. The image was typically accompanied by text that explained the fictional flavor of Coca-Cola was available in Romania:

The above-displayed image, however, was not taken at a grocery store in Romania. The original photograph, taken in France in 2011 by Flickr user José Roitberg, showed a can of Coca-Cola Cherry; the original logo was then stripped from it and replaced with a fictional one for Coca-Cola Garlic:

As of 2015, there was no garlic Coca-Cola product available in Romania (or elsewhere), but that could change in the future. Food and Wine reported in February 2015 that Takkola, a garlic-flavored cola drink, was the new craze in Japan.

Another example was collected via Twitter in October 2014:


@mikegymkitchen. Twitter, 13 Oct. 2014, https://twitter.com/mikegymkitchen/status/521605066298376192.

Pomranz, Mike. “Garlic Cola Is Japan’s Latest Crazy Beverage.” Food & Wine, 2 Feb. 2015, https://www.foodandwine.com/drinks/garlic-cola-japan-s-latest-crazy-beverage.

Roitberg, José. “2011 Cherry Coke Purple Can France.” Flickr, 14 Jan. 2011, https://www.flickr.com/photos/roitberg/5384922299/.


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