Goya cola champagne
by Stephen Heuser
We've always loved cheap Mexican sodas, with their Technicolor dyes and flavors
not found in nature. But Goya's "cola champagne" is a new one for us: an amber
liquid -- no alcohol -- with a map of Central America on the label and a taste
vaguely reminiscent of cream soda.
Curious. We called the consumer-affairs department at Goya headquarters in New
Jersey to ask: what is this stuff supposed to be? The rep clearly
believed it was our problem that we didn't know, and explained that cola
champagne is very popular in Puerto Rico, where she grew up. "It has its own
taste," she said. "You know how Coca-Cola has its own taste? Same thing." There
are other brands, but Goya was the cheapest we found, at 50 cents. We bought
ours at the Fenway Star Market, but we'd suggest checking your local Latin
grocery store first.
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