Here's the press release we put out about this story. And here's a note from Ira making it clear that we are not claiming that we have found the recipe used today for Coca-Cola. When we first broadcast this show, we had no idea how big a splash it would make. We heard from listeners, got international press coverage, and even made it into Conan O'Brien's monologue.
The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. So we were surprised to come across a 1979 newspaper article with what looked like the original recipe for Coke. Talking to historian Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, we were even more surprised when we found reasons to believe the recipe is real. (25 minutes)