Originally Posted by DemonIAm
In a way, I really hope that it turns out to me an off-variety, or a prototype. Of course, Coke is so big now, that this really won't hurt them.
If you listen to the episode, that's pretty much what it boils down to... or at least they (Coca-cola) put it to very much that exact explanation - that the recipe was likely a prototype.
Also, This American Life had to scale the recipe based on extractions of oils 130 years ago vs. now, and sub out ingredients (phosphoric acid vs. citric acid, High Fructose corn Syrup vs. sugar, etc.)...
They end the episode on the idea that there's one thing that Coca-cola always will have, and that's 120 some odd years of marketing and sales that no "clone" recipe could ever match - which speaks to a completely subjective aspect of Coca-cola that reaches beyond the product/recipe itself.