The official Coca-Cola Cherry logo.
|Flavor:||Cola with Cherry flavoring|
|Current Status:||Permanent Flavor|
|Locations Available:||Various countries across the world|
|Year(s) Available:||United States: 1985 - Present|
Canada: 1996 - Present
|Related Flavors:||Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla|
Diet Coke Black Cherry Vanilla
|Similar Flavors:||Pepsi Wild Cherry|
Dr Pepper Cherry
7 Up Cherry
|Related Promotions:||N/A (No related promotions to match with)|
Coca-Cola Cherry (originally known as "Cherry Coke", and then renamed to "Coca-Cola Cherry" in 2007 in the United States) is a Coca-Cola flavor first released in stores in 1985, in the United States as a permanent flavor.
The history of adding additional cherry flavoring to Coca-Cola, at least in the United States, dates back at least to the 1940s when local soda fountain workers (soda jerks) would upon request add a "shot" (roughly a couple of tablespoons) of cherry syrup to a (12-16 oz) Coca-Cola fountain soda. This remained common practice in ice cream shops where cherry syrup and Coca-Cola were both common items for decades.
The Coca-Cola Company first began testing its official Cherry flavored variation of Coca-Cola alongside other flavors such as Coca-Cola Vanilla to audiences that visited the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
3 years later, Coca-Cola Cherry was first introduced in stores in the United States in the Summer of 1985 as a permanent flavor around the same time as the controversial reformulation of Coca-Cola, (New Coke), and gained significant market share when that product was widely discontinued after three months of its introduction.
Starting in 1986, a diet variant called Diet Cherry Coke was released in stores in the United States as it was coexisting with the regular Coca-Cola Cherry variant. It had been renamed into "Diet Coke Cherry" in 2005 and again to "Diet Coke Feisty Cherry" in 2018. A second low-calorie version, Coca-Cola Cherry Zero (based on Coca-Cola Zero), was added in 2007.
In 2007, Cherry Coke had been renamed into "Coca-Cola Cherry" in the United States and some other countries, was the third variation of Coca-Cola at that time – the others being regular Coca-Cola and Diet Coke – and the first flavored Coke.
The Coca-Cola Company would later introduce other flavored Coca-Cola flavors, beginning with Coca-Cola Vanilla in May 2002, later followed by Coca-Cola Lime, Coca-Cola Raspberry, Coca-Cola Lemon, Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla, Coca-Cola Orange and some other more flavors. Many of these flavors are currently only sold in international countries and/or are micro dispensed through Coca-Cola's Freestyle vending machines.
- This was the first flavor of Coca-Cola to be ever released in the United States.
- Cherry Coke has multiple variations like Cherry Vanilla Coke, Cherry Coke Zero, Cherry Coke Diet, and many among others.