Peanuts in Your Coke: An Old-Fashioned Southern Tradition

Coke & PeanutsI usually blog recipes, but today I’m blogging about a fun southern tradition that brought many memories to my family and myself. Peanuts in your Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper or other soda has been a tradition among southerners for years. It’s a very old fashioned tradition that dates back to the 1920s. Now if you have never heard of peanuts in your coke, it might seem odd to you at first. But trust me, you might find it tasty. 🙂

Now I have mentioned this a few times, but I was raised on a farm in the middle of “no-where” Arkansas in a town named Poughkeepsie. It was mainly dirt roads with only a few two-lane highways. The population was around 394 or less when I was a child and still is today. There was one country store in the town for the longest, and it was called Harold’s General Store. It was a small cozy place. The store had a few tables and chairs where the men would play cards and gossip. My father and I would stop there everyday. My dad would buy us a honey bun, bag of peanuts and a glass bottle Coca-Cola. As we would drive to the fields to check the cows, my father would pop the top to the coke, take a few swigs, and dump a handful of peanuts into the coke. The first few swallows were the best because the soda was still fizzy and peanuts were crunchy. This was a tradition that my father and I did often. My mother and grandparents also liked Coke and Peanuts.

As we would drive around checking cows, the weather was warm and you could smell the fresh cut hay in the pasture. We always had the windows rolled down in the truck. The fields are some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and most peaceful too. We would finish our Coke and Peanuts during the drive through the fields or sometimes we would purchase them on the way home too. It was nice snack until supper. And my mother always had something amazing cooking for dinner. We could always smell dinner as we approached the garage because our family kept the windows down in the house most of the time during the summer.

A bottle of Coke and a bag of Peanuts may seem so simple, but yet so memorable. Sometimes the simplest things in life bring us the most joy. This is something I still enjoy today and hope to share with my children someday. Hope you enjoy this blog today and may it bring back memories for you. And next time your in the country, grab a coke, a bag of peanuts and a tailgate.

Happy Eating!

-Cassie

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