I have long been an enthusiastic antagonist of Diet Coke. “Your mom called; she wants her drink back” was a phrase often used in my snide, anti-Diet Coke remarks. You see, I grew up in a predominately Diet Coke-drinking household, which might actually make you think I would have grown to love it — but not the case.
My disdain for the vile beverage only grew stronger as I grew older. Even worse, I was oftentimes left with no other choice in terms of beverages in my house — it was either force down the dry, bland, artificial flavor of Diet Coke, or drink Sunny D, purple stuff or tap water.
Having had that experience as a kid, it’s no wonder I grew to love the delicious, refreshing taste of Coke Classic. Once I had a sip of the “real stuff,” I was hooked. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been an avid Coke drinker. Too much caffeine seems to give me headaches — bad ones. But on certain occasions and especially when pairing a drink with a meal, in my opinion, nothing tastes better than “real” Coke. I don’t care if you’re drinking a high-quality wine with woodsy high notes, floral low notes, or any other weird, wine-describing adjective (not an alcohol drinker, can you tell?), nothing tastes better with a meal than Coke Classic. Nothing.
Well friends, a few weeks ago, at the request of a co-worker, I ordered a Diet Coke with lime from Sonic. (Queue explosion inside my brain.) As The Fresh Prince would put it, “My life has been flipped, turned upside down.” Everything I’ve known to be right and true about soda beverages has changed since that moment. Now, Coke Classic has almost become too sweet to me, and my pallet seems fashioned only to enjoy the much lighter taste of the diet version.
The funny thing is, friends have told me for years, “Just try Diet Coke for a few weeks and you’ll change. I promise.” I never thought it could happen to me, but it has. And as sad as I am to admit it, I’m officially a Diet Coke drinker. (Sniff, sniff.)
I guess it’s not something to be ashamed of. I mean, Diet Coke does have zero calories after all. I could certainly use fewer calories in my life.
Has this happened to you? Are you a Diet Coke drinker yet?
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