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Coca-Cola and Peanuts

This Coca-Cola and Peanuts is an old-school southern drink with a long and interesting history. It’s a convenient drink and snack in one!


The story goes that this Coca-Cola and Peanuts combination drink/snack originated in the 1920’s. Hard-working, blue collar workers (who did not have easy access to wash their hands during breaks) didn’t want to get their snacks dirty so they would dump their peanuts into their Coke bottles. Coca-Cola, at the time, was a daily staple drink and this snack idea made huge headway from Georgia all the way up to Virginia. It was especially popular in the Appalachian region where miners quickly caught on to the practical idea. P.S. – it’s really good with Mountain Dew too!

Hand holding bottle of Coca-Cola and Peanuts


Can I use any Coca-Cola?

Yes you can, diet coke or coke zero will work perfectly fine with this. But make sure that your soda is chilled!

What kind of peanuts should I use?

We like to use salted cocktail peanuts or Spanish peanuts.

Can I drink this in a glass?

While not original, you can pour your Coca-Cola into a glass with ice and just add peanuts into there and drink that way. Traditionally glass bottles are used and sometimes they are hard to find.

Does this work with any carbonated beverage?

It works with most sweet carbonated sodas. Mountain Dew, RC Cola and Dr Pepper are other favorites.

Pinterest image of Coca-Cola and Peanuts with soda container in background


  • glass bottle of coca-cola
  • salted cocktail peanuts
Ingredients needed: coca-cola and peanuts


  1. Drink the coke down to the top of the label.
  2. Add in the peanuts and enjoy. Don’t shake.
Fizzing bottle of Coca-Cola with peanuts added to it


Square image of hand holding Coca-Cola and Peanuts

Coca-Cola and Peanuts

This Coca-Cola and Peanuts is an old-school southern drink with a long and interesting history. It's a convenient drink and snack in one!
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 8 ounce glass bottle Coca Cola, chilled
  • 2 ounces salted cocktail peanuts


  • Drink the coke down to the top of the label.
  • Add in the peanuts and enjoy.


  1. You can use any variety of coke that you like, if you can find the glass bottles it’s better!
  2. The soda needs to be chilled before adding the peanuts.
  3. You can serve this in a glass with ice.
  4. If you want to make it spiked at 1.5 oz of bourbon to your bottle or glass.
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Sodium: 255mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g

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“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    Been a long standing tradition in my family, my father owned an independent service station in Olustee, OK, Dad preferred Dr. Pepper but also used coke, but always in the small gfass bottles.

  2. 5 stars
    I first had this when I was about 10._That was 65 years ago. My grandpa had a gas station. coke was a dime 6 oz bottles and a Spanish peanut machine. Put a penny in slot and turn knob. By the was I had one last night.

  3. Ahh this takes me back! We had a tiny grocery store across from our small town church and we would have this every Sunday after mass growing up ☺️ So nostalgic

  4. 5 stars
    I remember doing this as a young teenager while working gassing and polishing airplanes at the local airport. I’m 84 now. Still very good memories. We would use the 5 cent bag ot planters peanuts but only dump in a few at a time so they wouldn’t get soggy & last thru the whole bottle.
    Oh yum.

  5. 5 stars
    This is so fantastic! This is still my father’s absolute favorite treat in the world. (Okay, pickled bologna is up there, too, but this is still the win.) You’re right — it’s a classic Southern treat, and a delicious one, too. 😀 Thank you!

  6. I prefer Spanish peanuts and just put them in the bottle with the Coke. I’m 80 years old and have enjoyed this snack for nearly 70 years.