Coca-Cola, Santa and the Fly Agaric Mushroom

Coca-Cola, Santa and the Fly Agaric Mushroom


Coca Cola was first produced in 1886 by the Atlanta 'druggist' John Pemberton using extracts from the Kola nut and the coca plant. It was sold in soda fountains across the U.S. and described as "a valuable brain-tonic and cure for all nervous afflictions", allegedly including hangovers. This was particularly apt, as it marketed as a temperance drink "offering the virtues of coca without the vices of alcohol". The new beverage was invigorating and popular and until 1903, when the problems associated with cocaine emerged, a typical serving contained around 60mg of cocaine.


Today, the drink still contains an extract of coca-leaves which have been 'decocanised'.

Coca-Cola is often credited for creating the image of the modern Santa Claus as fat man in a red and white suit, the red and white colours reflecting the corporate colours of Coke.






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