Peanuts and Coke

boiled-peanutsThe central Florida region has been plagued with Gastroenteritis lately. Unfortunately, my son and I both got it. For him though, it lasts 12 hours, and for me, a week. I have not been cooking at all. When I am under the weather, I like to eat comfort foods. Things that I don’t have to make. I rely on my husband to do the cooking, or at least be in charge of the take out. While most people revert to only eating soups and broths, for some reason I have different cravings. Over the past week, I have indulged in hamburgers, subs, pizzas, and even a chocolate covered doughnut with sprinkles.

Today I have indulged one more craving, a frozen burrito, probably the most unhealthy thing in the frozen food isle, besides a hungry man dinner. But I rationalize my bad behavior because I only do this maybe once a year or less, and I have dropped 4 pounds over the past week. My craving right now is for the ultimate sweet salty convenience store snack. I have to find an 8oz bottle of Coke so that I can empty a little bag of salty peanuts into it, and then enjoy the sweet salty goodness.

I learned of this southern delicacy from watching my Dad. I watched him many times empty a small bag of salted peanuts in a small (8 oz)  glass bottle of Coke. I carefully watched him take the first swallow of Coke out of the bottle to make room for some of the peanuts, then carefully get a swallow of Coke with a few peanuts. The peanuts make the Coke bubble alot, so you have to put them in a little at a time. The trick is to get a swallow of Coke and a few peanuts so that there are no peanuts left in the bottom of the bottle. I would follow suit, emptying my own little bag of peanuts in my Coke. Watching the bubbles is so much fun! I would then carefully tip the bottle of Coke upwards, letting the peanuts fall towards my mouth before grabbing a few with my mouth full of Coke. The sweet and salty combination was the perfect treat for a hot day.

I didn’t have this snack for years after Coke stopped the bottle return program, and stopped using the old fashioned small bottles. I didn’t have the treat again until we found the old fashioned 8 oz glass bottles in the grocery store. Hopefully I can find a glass bottle today 🙂

Have you ever heard of or enjoyed peanuts in your Coke?

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  14 Responses to “Peanuts and Coke”

  1. julie — March 23, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    yes-discovered it again recently but this time with diet coke LOL gotta watch the sugar intake-now my son tried it and liked it too! It’s fun to introduce the younger generation to such simple pleasures!


  2. averagebetty — March 23, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    OMG! I’m glad to hear your son recovered quickly… so sorry to hear you have not been feeling well!!! You are such a dainty little thing – you eat/drink all the peanuts and Coke you want (although I never advocate drinking soda!) until you feel better!! BTW, I think your dad invented the original Honey Roasted (or caramel in this case) Peanut!
    .-= averagebetty´s last blog ..Corndogification =-.

  3. the wicked noodle — March 23, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    That’s so sweet. It’s funny how the most random memories from childhood can be some of the best. I want to say that I’ve heard of peanuts and coke, but I can’t be sure. I think I’ll leave that one to you 😉 Then again, I remember when my friend Jill and I went to the movies and she at her popcorn and m&m’s at the same time; I thought she was crazy, but now I can’t go see a show without doing the same!
    .-= the wicked noodle´s last blog yogurt cheese balls =-.

  4. Drick — March 24, 2010 @ 12:17 am

    whoa – this is so unbelieveable .. I have craved this same thing for the last few weeks, and I have not been sick! Something a while back jiggled my memory of the coke and peanuts and it is so funny you posted of it. To anyone who has never tried it, I suggest you do so – it is a real treat, that taste of the sweet coke with the salted peanuts is like no other pleasure and yes, it has to be the 8oz small bottles. Your description of how to partake is perfect. I do hope you are feeling better and I hope the frozen burrito and sprinkled chocolate donuts do it for you!!!
    .-= Drick´s last blog ..Mint Juleps & Sausage Bites – our way =-.

  5. redassape — March 24, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    WOW! My uncle turned me on to this little treat while traveling back from NC to Texas! When I turned 17 or so I introduced Paula (the young lady that led me from boyhood to manhood) to this oddly wonderful snack. Her father happened to own a large spread in north east Texas and offered me the job of cutting and bailing hay that summer, of course I had to take it 🙂 I kept my horse Charlie One Dollar ( that was all he was worth) at the Williams spread and everyday around 3:00 Paula would ride him out with a snack of some kind, one particular day she rode up with the peanuts and coke 🙂 She was dressed in a red and white checkered sun dress it was pulled up bunched so she could straddle old dollar showing off her tan legs she obtained laying out on the levy. I remember it was hot and dusty that day and the concoction was was a welcome treat, what I can’t remember, or will not say is if any more hay was raked that day. About three years later I had left the area hell bent for leather chasing that rodeo dream. I remember Tim and I were rolling out of Dime Box Texas on a hot summer day headed to Gruene Tx to float the river and cool off. We stopped in a quik mart and I grabbed some peanuts and a coke. I had the windows down driving with my knees trying to pour my peanuts in when I realized what I jerk I was and how selfish I could be. Paula had called my folks a few times but I never called back I just hope she gave Charlie a good life I miss them both, and still can’t bring myself to enjoy one of my favorite concoctions.

    • Angie — March 24, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

      what a great story, thanks for sharing, hope you can one day enjoy one of my fav concoctions again one day too.

  6. redkathy — March 24, 2010 @ 2:45 am

    Oh my gosh girl, get well. I know how it is when you are ill and then have to see the babies suffering too… heartbreaking, weakness, and exhausting all at once! I’ve seen lots of people do the coke and peanut snacking. As for me,I’ve never tried it. Peanuts aren’t something I eat, yet I love peanut butter, go figure. Hope you recover PDQ.
    .-= redkathy´s last blog ..Brownies and more brownies, we love brownies! =-.

  7. Lindsey — March 24, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    Love them! Or in MellowYellow. And along the same lines, a dear friend from Texas introduced me to salt in my Corona. It goes beautifully with honey filled tortillas.
    .-= Lindsey´s last blog ..A Dinner Party with Daffy Duck =-.

  8. Candace — March 24, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    A true Southern delicacy! Haha. I never understood the whole milk-and-Pepsi treat popularized by Laverne & Shirley, but I guess growing up in south Florida made this snack seem totally normal. Haha.

    Hope you feel better soon!
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Turkey Parmesan Burger =-.

  9. Stella — March 24, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    Nice! My Dad used to do that too, so I love peanuts and Coke. Though I try not to drink a lot of Coke these days. Bit O’ Honey in coke is interesting too!
    .-= Stella´s last blog ..Luscious Linzer Cookies =-.

  10. Ann — March 25, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    Oh gosh. You are bringing back such fond memories. I used to do peanuts and Dr. Pepper though. Been so long since I had that. You have reignited the craving. Will have to have that soon.

    Hope you feel better soon.
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..We Have Moved =-.

  11. 5 Star Foodie — March 25, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    I hope you feel better! peanuts in coke – going to try right now!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Yes We Have No Bananas =-.

  12. Tickled Red — March 26, 2010 @ 2:06 am

    Oh dear! I am glad that your son did not have it for very long. I hope that you get better soon. My mom always did B.R.A.T: Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. Start in order, once you can hold down number one move on to the next and so on. 🙁 I feel for you.
    .-= Tickled Red´s last blog ..Little Bites of Goodness: Part One of Four =-.

  13. Dr. Ann Voisin — March 26, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    This is the most ingenious idea I have ever heard.

    I am going to go out tomorrow, later today, and purchase peanuts and coke. Just hearing you describe this treat has made my mouth water.

    I will certainly let you know how my adventure works out.

    On the health front, I know how miserable gastrointestinal illnesses can be.

    A few months ago I suffered from a bout of food poisoning, and I have to tell you I felt deathly ill for about 12 hours. As they say in the Navy, “at first I thought I was going to die, and then I was afraid I wouldn’t.”

    Again, thank you for the terrific treat idea.

    Dr. Ann

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