For ages, I've grumbled about Diet Coke. You see, I grew up drinking real Coke, and I loved it. Diet Coke never tasted like real Coke, but sugarless. It tasted like some other cola product, but sugarless.
Coke Zero is the Coke-Classic-But-Without-Sugar that they ought to have produced AGES AGO!!! Why? Cause Diet Coke sucks. I don't care if you're hooked on it and love it. It is NOT LIKE COKE, the "real thing," the one in the red can with CLASSIC on it. Diet Coke is some watery, sorta-cola-ey, freaky doppelganger of a Coke. It's Coke to make you suffer at the memories of real Classic Coke. It's a freakish ersatz Coke.
Diet Coke. Blech.
Coke Zero, on the other hand, really has that particular tongue-mouth experience that Classic Coke used to give me. Not exactly, of course, because sugar is sugar, and no substitute is the same. But man, Coke Zero comes close enough that I can drink cola again.
And all those idiots out there ranting about how Coke Zero is a hoax or somesuch. Please. Go out and blindfold folks who only drink real Coke (not the Diet Coke crap), and let them sip some Diet Coke, then let them sip some Coke Zero. Let real Coke drinkers tell you which comes closer.
I already know. Because of Coke Zero, I'm buying diet cola again.