Do Mormons Own Coca-Cola? [FACT Checked]

do mormons own coca cola

There are many rules to being a part of the Mormon faith, some of these rules concern what members of the church can drink.

There have been rumors for years that Mormons own Coca-cola, which would be hypocrisy on the church and the members who own Coca-cola.

However, is the restriction on Mormons being able to drink Coca-cola even true?  we’ll get to that bit later but let’s cover the question at hand.

Do Mormons Own Coca-Cola?

No the Mormon church does not own Coca-cola.   Coke is a big company, and thus too big to be owned by a single person or entity.

64% of the shares of Coca-cola are owned by over 1,400 different groups and individuals.

The largest shareholder of Coca-cola Berkshire Hathaway run by Warren Buffet. This company owns roughly 400 million shares or 9% of the company.

It is indeed possible that an individual Mormon does have stock in Coca-cola, but it is impossible to find the religious beliefs of all of the thousands of individuals who have stock in Coca-cola.

But the company itself is too large to be owned by one single person or company.

The Mormon church does have stock in various companies though. Most notably in various tech companies, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

This report also confirmed that the church does not have any stock in Coca-cola, Pepsi-cola, or Starbucks.

The Mormon church states on its website that they do not hold stock in companies that go against the tenets of their faith. If the church were to gain holdings in a company that it disagrees with, then they would sell those shares.   

The reason that this rumor persists is because of the widely held belief that Mormons cannot drink caffeine.

While it’s true that Mormons are encouraged to avoid caffeine, it is not church doctrine to not drink caffeine the way that Mormons have to avoid tobacco and alcohol.

This rumor also likely stems from the fact that Mormons do not drink hot drinks like coffee and tea.

Since coffee and tea both have caffeine, some members took to avoiding all drinks with caffeine.

 It’s easy to see how some of these rumors get started. Some misconceptions and wrong interpretations about things can go a long way.

The truth about what Mormons are encouraged to avoid and what they actually avoid is a complex subject.     

Can Mormons Drink Coca-Cola?

Can Mormons Drink Coca-Cola

While Mormons do not actually need to avoid drinking Coca-cola, or any other soda by church doctrine, it is easy to see how this belief persists.

Followers of the Mormon faith are known for following a number of strict rules about how they live their life.

This includes details on family life, what they can wear, and what they can eat and drink.

The main rules on what Mormons are restricted from taking part in are tobacco and alcohol.

Mormons are also restricted from drinking hot drinks, mostly interpreted as including tea and coffee.

There have been debates within the Mormon community about why hot drinks have been restricted by the church. Some interpret it has hot drinks being bad for your teeth and insides.

Many Mormons saw the similarity between the two drinks as having caffeine and thus decided to not drink soda with caffeine as well. 

The church never officially restricted Coca-cola from its members. It was only ever suggested to avoid drinking it. Coca-cola could even be found at BYU-Provo in secret vending machines.

Officially, the university banned the sale of Coca-cola for many years but you could still find it.

You could even bring Coca-cola and other sodas on campus and drink it with no repercussions from university officials.

Recently, the university lifted its restriction on selling Coca-cola on campus.

While this seemed like something that would go against the church since the church never had any official restrictions on Coca-cola it was not a problem.

Many students welcomed the change and were excited to be able to purchase drinks on campus. 

While drinking Coca-cola and other sodas may be a debated topic among Mormons, it does appear that more church officials are welcoming Coca-cola drinkers in their congregation.

If the Mormon church did ban Coca-cola and other sodas from their members, then there wouldn’t be a rise in dirty sodas. A popular drink mix for many Mormons.    

What Are Dirty Sodas?

what are dirty sodas

Dirty sodas are a relatively new concoction among Mormon soda drinkers. It’s a combination of soda and Torani, a flavored syrup sweetener.

Usually, these flavored sweeteners are very sweet.

A dirty soda usually has a coconut flavoring of some kind.

Though it’s not necessary for a dirty soda to have coconut flavoring, any syrup flavoring will do.

These drinks have become popular due to the apparent lack of other addictive substances that Mormons can have.

Sugar remains the only vice for many Mormons. There is an addictive quality to dirty sodas due to the high sugar content in them. People will sometimes have more than one in a day.   

For some Mormons, dirty sodas serve as their coffee replacement to get through the day. The sugar rush replacing the caffeine high you would normally get from your morning coffee.

They have also become a part of daily life, serving as popular hang out spots for friends, family, and after sport meetings.

Dirty sodas are an inexpensive way to spend time with your family or to treat yourself.

Since the population of Utah has so many Mormons, this serves as a way to be able to indulge yourself without breaking church doctrine.

There are no restrictions on sugar treats in the Mormon faith, so dirty sodas are a great way to have treats. Many dirty soda shops sell treats of other kinds too, like cookies.     

Shops making and selling dirty sodas have popped up throughout Utah in recent years, often creating fierce competition and rivalries.

People are often loyal to where they go for their dirty soda indulgence.

Places have regular customers who order the same thing.

Two competitors settled a lawsuit determining who coined the monicker “dirty” when it comes to soda. They agreed to pay their own legal fees and drop the lawsuit.

Dirty Sodas have become a strong business in Utah, and recipes for popular dirty soda drinks can be found online so people who want to make them for themselves can try them out.

Though the atmosphere of dirty soda shops is irreplaceable.       

Dirty Diet Coke Utah

One of the most popular variations of these dirty soda drinks is a Dirty Diet Coke. This drink got started at Straws, a popular family-owned restaurant that makes dirty sodas.

A dirty diet coke is easy to make. It consists of diet coke, coconut syrup, limes or lime syrup, half and half if you want some, and ice.

Many dirty soda recipes are similar and are just as easy to make. As long as you have soda and some syrups you can make a dirty soda on your own.  

Mormon Soda Shops

Mormon soda shops are growing in popularity. First springing up in Utah, they have spread to other areas where there are high Mormon populations.

In just a few years almost a dozen businesses have opened that make specialty dirty soda drinks in Eastern Idaho alone.

In other areas, they are not called dirty sodas. In Eastern Idaho, these drinks are commonly called The Mormon soda.

They are popular throughout the region not just because of the high number of Mormons in the area, but also because it’s a refreshing drink at the end of a hot day.

People like to share their drinks and compare tastes.

No matter where these places set up, it is clear that they are popular and get regulars. People like coming back to try new drinks and to order their favorite.

They’re popular family spots and serve as a general hang out spot for friends to meet up.

It can also be a nice business to set up. The cost of soda and syrups is not expensive and you can add your treats to make your business unique.

Lots of people have found success in starting their own Mormon Soda Shop. Some businesses operate as full sit down places and others are drive-through operations. It’s easy to individualize your soda shop for what you want it to be.  

The drinks are certainly not for everyone. Some may find them too sweet for their liking. The sugar from the soda and the syrup combined is a lot of sugar to take in one sitting.

The flavor combinations may not be to everyone’s liking as well.

It is clear why this has taken off in Mormon communities though. It is a cheap and fun way to indulge yourself

When your faith restricts your ability to have the treats that people outside of your faith indulge in (tobacco and alcohol), it’s important to have something that you can share with others and treat yourself with as well.

Dirty sodas serve this purpose.

They are fun drinks that many people can enjoy and would not be possible if Mormons could not drink Coca-cola and other sodas.   

 

Chris Watson

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