If You Notice Yellow Coke Caps During Passover, Here Is The Reason Why

By: Alec Donaldson | Last updated: Sep 25, 2023

Have you ever been to the supermarket and noticed some Coca-Cola bottles with yellow caps instead of the familiar red ones? It’s an interesting sight, especially since the iconic red and white logo of Coca-Cola is one of the most recognizable in the world.

Since 1886, Coca-Cola has been a timeless classic that has brought people from all walks of life together in a shared appreciation for a refreshing drink. Why the yellow caps? What could the hidden message be? Let us explore the mystery of the yellow-topped Cola bottles.

The Mystery of the Yellow Caps

We all know the classic red bottle cap with white lettering is the iconic sign of Coca-Cola and has been since 1893. The red caps hold a secret. If you take a closer look, you’ll find the names of the drinks printed on them, as well as information about sugar, calories, and caffeine content.


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This new design on the red caps helps give the bottles and cans a more consistent look and feel while making it easier for one to make the right choice. However, there’s one more thing – the yellow caps have a slight variation. How intriguing!


The "Yellow Caps" Tradition

Coca-Cola has seen its fair share of transformations across the decades, yet the original flavor remains the people’s choice. They listened to their global consumers and now offer a variety of shapes and flavors.


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In 2018, Coca-Cola introduced three new flavors to the mix: Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange, and Twisted Mango. However, one thing stood out, the yellow caps that pop up yearly. It’s been a tradition for decades, but why are they only around for a short period?

Different Recipe From the Classic Coke

At first glance, the yellow-capped Coke bottles look just like the classic Coke, but the ingredients are different. Regular Coke is made with high fructose corn syrup, while the yellow-capped bottles contain a sweetener called sucrose, derived from beet sugar.


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The yellow-capped Coke is a lighter, more natural version of the classic Coke. It has a more subtle taste and fewer artificial ingredients, making it a healthier option for those looking for a sweet, refreshing beverage. So, why the difference?

Coca-Cola's Passover Version

Passover is an important holiday for the Jewish community. During this time, corn syrup is off-limits, which means the usual Coke is out of the question. Don’t worry. There’s still a way to enjoy the national beverage.


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Coca-Cola has thoughtfully created a particular version of the soda with a yellow cap – it’s made without corn syrup so that Jewish people can enjoy it during Passover. If you’re unfamiliar with Passover, it’s an opportunity for Jewish people to reflect on their faith and traditions.

No High-Fructose Corn Syrup

If you’re a Coca-Cola fan, you’ve probably heard of the unique “Original Taste” Cokes with the yellow caps. Initially intended for Jewish people celebrating Passover, these drinks have become a favorite with Coca-Cola lovers everywhere.

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The best part is that these Cokes aren’t more expensive than the regular version! Fans love the drink, not just for the taste but also because they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup. So, go ahead and give them a try!


Health Conscious Individuals Accept It

The distinctive yellow cap of Passover Coke easily stands out on store shelves. It’s the perfect way to let Jews celebrating Passover know that this special Coke is sweetened with cane and beet sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. However, it’s not just Jews who appreciate the difference.

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Health-conscious folks who want to avoid HFCS also seek out the yellow-capped bottles. While it’s not scientifically proven, many believe that the sweet taste of Passover Coke is superior to regular Coke.


Official Passover Kosher Certification

Coca-Cola used to be made with cane sugar, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case anymore. Nowadays, the Coke you find in the U.S. is made with high-fructose corn syrup, which doesn’t adhere to the kosher standard. But don’t worry! If you’re celebrating Passover, there’s an easy way to tell if the Coca-Cola you’re about to enjoy is kosher.

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Look for the yellow cap on the bottle – it’s stamped with the official Passover kosher certification symbol “U-O-P,” so you know it’s been sweetened with a non-corn-based sweetener.


Tuvia Geffen’s Ingenious Idea

In the 1930s, Tuvia Geffen, a synagogue leader in Atlanta, Georgia, had an ingenious idea – a special type of Coke that could be consumed during Passover. He realized it was unfeasible to stop Jews from drinking Coke during this holiday, so he set out to make it possible.

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His solution was the yellow-cap coke with sucrose, a special version certified as “kosher during Passover.” With this seal of approval, Jews could finally drink coke during Passover. 


Coca-Cola Shares the Closely Guarded Secret

Coca-Cola kept its recipe a closely-guarded secret, so the company had to trust Geffen to keep his promise not to share it. The company was hesitant to share it but eventually gave the list of ingredients. Instead of the exact recipe, Coca-Cola provided a list of ingredients, but one of them, glycerin, had to be changed.

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Procter & Gamble, the glycerin supplier, had to create a plant-based alternative. This made it possible for Coca-Cola to be kosher year-round. Thanks to Geffen, who was trusted to keep the recipe a secret. 


Kosher for Passover Products

Coca-Cola is committed to offering the best products for all occasions, including the Jewish holiday of Passover. In a statement to TODAY Food, the company confirmed that products such as Coca-Cola and Diet Coke are available as Kosher Year-Round (KYR) and Kosher for Passover (KFP) in specific locations throughout the United States.

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With Passover on its way, it’s the perfect time to stock up on KFP products. The products can be found in select markets during the Jewish holiday. So, if you’re looking to stay true to your faith while sipping on an ice-cold Coke, you know you can do so without worry.


Validity of Kosher Products

Coca-Cola has teamed up with some designated Rabbinical organizations to ensure all their products are Kosher for Passover. That means the entire production process is supervised to ensure everything is up to standard.

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According to Today magazine, the company said that consumers will still find the same label with the nutritional information, plus a “Kosher for Passover” banner, so you know it’s the same Coca-Cola you know and love! It’s just got that little extra something you can enjoy through Passover.


Mexican-Made Coca-Cola Vs. Passover Coke

Have you heard the debate about Mexican-made Coca-Cola and Passover Coke? Some believe they’re the same since both are made with cane sugar. The truth is not all Mexican Coca-Cola is made with cane sugar.

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It can also include a blend of sucrose, glucose, and fructose, essentially HFCS. Mexico has a high consumption rate of beverages in North America, so the government imposed tariffs and taxes to fight obesity. This led to cost-cutting and the inclusion of more fructose.


Increase in Demand for Sucrose Sweetened Coca-Cola

Thanks to the increasing demand for imported soda, Coca-Cola started importing their cola in glass bottles to the U.S., and they made sure it was sweetened with sucrose and not HFCS. Most consumers prefer the one sweetened with sucrose over the latter.

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So, if you’re looking for a Coke without the HFCS, keep an eye out for the yellow cap this spring. It’s just another example of how Coca-Cola goes the extra mile to keep its customers happy.


Time To Try Out a Yellow-Capped Coke

Now that you know about the yellow-capped cork, are you ready to take the adventure to another level? Whether Jewish or not, you can try out the drink and find out how it tastes.

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Those familiar with yellow-capped Coca-Cola have reported that it tastes better than the regular ones due to the high content of fructose corn syrup. So if you’re looking for a Coke without HFCS this spring, watch for the yellow-capped bottles! Share with friends and let them try it out, too.