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    Default I don't like fountain Coke Zero

    I love can Coke Zero and the Cherry Coke Zero (it's my main diet beverage).

    However, I've tried the fountain Coke Zero now a bunch of times...and it just doesn't taste right to me. At first, I thought it was the location I was getting it at, but now I have tried it at a few different restaurants and my impression has been the same.

    Honestly, I would rather have a fountain Diet Coke at McDonald's than a fountain Coke Zero (which may be a bit unfair since McDonald's does such a good job with their fountain drinks).

    Anyone else disappointed with the fountain formulation of Coke Zero?

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    i've never found fountain coke zero yet.

    is it possible that vendors are adjusting the syrup to their own personal liking... or, maybe, just being cheap... and not following coca-cola's specs?

    fountain soda never tastes as good as the real thing though... for any soda. it's always weaker or more watered down.

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    Do you think it may have a different blend of artificial sweeteners than the canned and bottled versions of the drink?
    See this article about a lawsuit regarding the different formulations of Coke and Pepsi's fountain products.

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    that's probably exactly what it is, wally.

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    I think it has a lot to do with the location and the maintenance schedule for the machine. I've tried all that I can find in my area and I have to say Outback Steakhouse is my favorite. Chick fil A is also pretty good, I've found.

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    Here's a picture of a Coke Zero BIB label.


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    I think Pixel is right. I've tried fountain Coke Zero from several Chic-fil-A locations and several Hardee's locations. The Coke Zero was very good in every place except for one Hardee's. The bad Zero had a metallic aftertaste. Maybe it was mislabeled TaB....

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    The Coke Zero I used to get at Wendys and the Zero I got at Five Guys last month were much better than the Zero I drink from a can. Don't know why, maybe the temperature or drinking it thru a straw from an ice filled cup.
    Whatcha gonna do mama now that the roast beef is gone?

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    Coke Zero does seem to be a bit inconsistent in fountains. I have found that Wendy's generally has good Zero... too bad none of the locations around me carry it.

    Looking at the ingredients... it's aspartame/ace-K just like the bottled version. Might be a different ratio though.

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    so it seems that some restaurants are adjusting the syrup/carbonation ratio.

    i remember when i worked at baskin-robbins in college, my boss would add more syrup to the diet coke, because he liked it better that way... and so did most of the customers.

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