The Coca-Cola product exclusive to Costa Rica

Fanta Kolita is a sparkling beverage with a smooth blend of exotic, floral fruitiness.

A pre-pandemic trip of mine to Atlanta included a visit to the “World of Coca-Cola,” a museum that has a tasting area featuring Coke products from across the world.

In that exhibit sits a sign that reads as follows: Did you know that Fanta Kolita is available exclusively in Costa Rica?

Dear reader, I must admit I did not know that. Until that life-changing visit to the World of Coca-Cola, I assumed all 7 billion of us humans had access to the sweet deliciousness of Fanta Kolita.

What is Fanta Kolita, you ask? As the name suggests, it’s flavored like “kolita,” a syrupy red drink that Wikipedia helpfully notes tastes like “a mix of tutti-frutti, vanilla and bubble gum.” Coca-Cola describes it as such:

Fanta Kolita is a sparkling beverage with a smooth blend of exotic, floral fruitiness. Its sweet and slightly tangy character may remind you of grenadine.

The kolita flavor is popular across Latin America, but especially in Costa Rica. The syrup is used to make a traditional cold treat: the granizado or copo, comprising shaved ice and condensed and powdered milk, all bathed in kola roja.

Fanta Kolita, a carbonated version of the kolita flavor made by Coca-Cola, has existed in Costa Rica since at least the 1980s. It continues to be made and sold here exclusively, with occasional limited-edition returns to El Salvador.

And, of course, it’s available at the World of Coca-Cola, the surprising location where you can enjoy a taste of Costa Rica from the United States.

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