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Vanilla Coke (Coca-Cola, 2002)

First off, regular Coke contains a small amount of vanilla. Technically, Vanilla Coke has been around since the 40s. Upon request, soda fountain workers (or soda jerks) would add a shot of vanilla syrup to 12 to 16 oz. of fountain Coke soda. This remained a common practice at ice cream shops until early 2002 when Coke decided to do that themselves and mass produce cans of Vanilla Coke in an effort to compete with Pepsi Vanilla. Diet Vanilla Coke and Vanilla Coke Zero were additionally added.

After great sales initially, they slowly began to taper off. By the end of 2005, Vanilla Coke and its cohorts disappeared from shelves in the U.S. and the UK. In February 2007, Vanilla Coke was re-introduced in New Zealand and in May 2007 back in the U.S. Also in 2007, it was introduced in China and other European countries — but not the UK. Finally, for fans in the UK, it was re-introduced in the UK in early 2013. The re-introduction of Vanilla Coke into all the markets only included Vanilla Coke and Vanilla Coke Zero. At this time, Coke has no plans to ever re-introduce Diet Vanilla Coke.

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