Coke is a soft drink loved by many generations. Coke has come out with many new, extraordinary flavors, like Cherry Coke. Staff writer Ella Bissonnette and Staff writer Shaila Bah dispute which flavor is the tastiest, Coke or Cherry Coke.

The original is always better

The original coke. The best soda there is out there. Dr. John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist based in Atlanta in 1886 knew this well. What started off as a medicine for the sick turned into a billion-dollar company with 136 years of new flavors added, but nothing beats the original. 

Everything that comes after the original was because of the original. 

Everything that comes after the original was because of the original. ”

— Staff Writer Shaila Bah

Cherry Coke? The sweet taste gets boring, and I like my sodas to be strong in flavor. As soon as you crack open a bottle of that delightful, chilling Coke and get just a sip, you can feel the euphoria running down your throat.

Personally, I like my coke to be straight out of the fridge, or poured with some ice. However, room temperature Coca-Cola is not as bad as one may think. Cherry Coke, on the other hand, could not relate less. The sweet taste added by the cherries makes it taste like those blueberry hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works – that is not a compliment. 

As someone who is a cashier at a grocery store, I rarely ever see someone buying any form of Cherry Coke. It is either regular Coke 80% of the time or the usual outlier buying Diet Coke.

Have you ever wondered why the shelves are always stocked mostly with the original? Because more people like the original. 

Now I must admit, I myself have dabbled in the taste of Cherry Coke, and must I say this dabbling has been recent. Before you erase everything I said before, I wanted to see if it could change my regular habits. Safe to say, it did not. It is too sweet and not strong enough.

From the iconic packaging to the satisfying taste, I think it is valid to say that the original Coca-Cola is the best Coke out there. No matter how many other flavors the company tries to put out to see if they will dethrone the original, it will never work.

So take it from me, the original is always best.

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Cherry Coke, the superior choice

Coke has been around since 1892. Many other restaurants tried to recreate this sensation, but only Coca-Cola accomplished the task. 

As Coke evolved they had the greatest decision of all time–creating Cherry Coke! Cherry Coke issued in 1985. Even though Coke came out first, Cherry Coke is still always one step ahead.

Look into the scientific view–you get better as you move forward and test more trials.”

— Staff Writer Ella Bissonnette

Since Coke was released first it often gets credit for being the best soda. Wrong! Cherry Coke is younger, extravagant, and more improved. 

Look into the scientific view–you get better as you move forward and test more trials. Cherry Coke was released later than the original, which means it has evolved to be superior to Coke.

Cherry Coke frequently gets overshadowed by the original Coke. While Coke started the building blocks, Cherry Coke took it to a whole other level. 

Cherry Coke does not flaunt its delicious taste like Coke. Some people do not know what Cherry Coke is. Well, you do not deserve it then! And the response, “Well, I know what Coke is,” is not a viable explanation.

Let’s not forget about Cherry Coke’s label. The label adds a more extravagant and fun side to the soda.

Cherry Coke’s purplish color at the top and the design of a cherry, makes the label way more interesting than just plain red.

I have fiddled with Coke in the past, and if Cherry Coke was not an option, then my alternative would be Coke. Coke is not the worst, but when given a choice choose Cherry Coke. 

Between Cherry Coke and Coke, we all see which one is delicious, and which one is–just alright.

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