If You See a Yellow Cap on Coca-Cola, This Is What It Means

The yellow caps only appear on bottles of Coke once a year.

Coca-Cola has been around for what seems like forever. The famous soda pop brand was first introduced in the late 1800s and is still going strong today. No matter how old you are, Coke has no doubt been a part of your childhood. It’s synonymous with crisp and refreshing, and the bright red logo is easily recognized the whole world over. It’s an absolute classic!

But have you ever noticed that sometimes, the bright red bottle cap is replaced with a yellow cap? There’s actually a very special reason for it—to signify the recipe is kosher for Passover.

The Yellow Cap Coke Is Kosher for Passover

If you’re unfamiliar with Passover, it’s a Jewish religious holiday that occurs during spring and lasts for seven days in total. During the holiday, Jewish people are prohibited from owning or consuming leavened foods (known as chametz), which include five main grains: wheat, spelt, oats, rye and barley.

However, it’s common for some Jewish people to recognize another category of forbidden foods (known as kitniyot) that includes corn, rice and beans.

How does all of this affect Coke? While the regular Coke formula is kosher year-round, it contains corn syrup, so it isn’t considered kosher for Passover by Jews of Eastern European descent. Because of this, Coke temporarily replaces the corn syrup in its recipe with sugar. This kosher Coke is marked with a sunny yellow cap!

Why Do People Love Kosher Coke?

While intended for Jewish people who celebrate Passover, these “Original Taste” Cokes are a favorite for many Coca-Cola fans. Plenty of people buy the yellow-capped Coke because they love the flavor or want to avoid high fructose corn syrup.

The best part? These Cokes are no different in price than their regular recipe!

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Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.