Or at least until now…one man claims to have a copy of the original recipe in a new book set to be published.
Historian Mark Pendergrast says the recipe was handed down through the family of Frank Robinson, the commercial partner of chemist John Pemberton who first produced the drink in the summer of 1886.
The recipe appears in the third and latest edition of Pendergrast’s book For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It.
The route the recipe took in making its way to Pendergrast is equally as fascinating.
The ownership of the formula entered a legal battle during his divorce and it went to his sister Laura Robinson-Vanwagner when he died, who passed a photocopy on to the historian.
A number of alterations have been made to the original recipe, none more so than in 1903, when traces of cocaine were removed.
He tried to sell it for $5million on eBay or allowed users to buy it outright for $15 million.
Not surprisingly the auction ended recently with no bids.
If you could get your hands on the recipe of your favourite food or drink what would it be?
It would take a lot of money for us to share the recipe for our white puddings…who’s going to open the bidding?
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