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1st September 2022

Global brands of Cola are perhaps the world’s most recognisable soft drinks, with over 2 billion servings poured for eager consumers daily.

The building blocks of flavour

From a flavouring perspective, cola has an interesting profile. Flavour compounds that make up cola include: vanilla, cinnamon, orange and lime citrus oils. The authentic botanical taste can be replicated by exaggerating nutmeg and coriander notes, which is why the cola flavour profile is suitable for a wide range of both sweet and savoury applications. In terms of flavour pairings, new product development work can be seen with cola paired with raspberry, cherry, orange, lemon or lime.

Early origins

John Stith Pemberton, an American pharmacist and civil war veteran is best known as the inventor of the most recognisable brand of cola drink. In May 1886, he developed an early version of the beverage that would become Coca Cola. Early recipes include the kola nut – a fruit containing caffeine from West Africa. Modern day versions of the beverage no longer include kola nut. Today, cola beverages are made up of a sugar syrup, phosphoric acids, flavourings and caffeine.

Flexible flavour

As well as being a constant in the soft drink sector, cola is gaining popularity as a savoury ingredient too; from cola glazed chicken wings to slow cooked cola basted hams.

This year we’ve seen cola flavoured crisps on the shelves in key UK retailers alongside new launches in the bakery sector. When coupled with chocolate, cola makes for super fudgy chocolate cake and compliments buttercreams and sweet icing applications.

At Create Flavours, we have a selection of cola flavourings to suit your application. Our cola flavourings are available in powdered, water soluble and oil soluble liquid formats. The flavourings have a classic taste, with brown, sweet citrus, and spicy notes as the primary characteristics.

Find out more

Create Flavours are British producers of natural and clean label, savoury, sweet and beverage flavourings. Working from our allergen-controlled facility in Somerset, we design and manufacture premium food and drink flavourings and extracts.

To sample our cola flavourings or any beverage, savoury or sweet flavourings; contact us click here or call 01275 349 300 to talk with your account manager.


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