Coca-Cola says no way .. but Coke historians are saying it's the REAL DEAL. Could it be ? Do average humans like you and I...  have the power to make our own Coca-Cola ??? The recipe for Coca-Cola could be one of the most closely guarded secrets of the soft drink industry and it looks like the cat may have been let out of the bag.

"This American Life" is a weekly public radio show that broadcasts on more than 500 stations reaching about 1.7 million listeners and over the weekend, Ira Glass broadcasted what he believes to be the original recipe to "merchandise 7x," the super secret ingredient in Coca-Cola.

I remember taking a trip to the Coca-Cola plant in Atlanta, and one thing that always stuck with me is that Coca-Cola claims that only TWO people at any given time actually know the true formula.

Glass claims that "This American Life" found the recipe published on page 2B of the February 18, 1979 edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution -- the newspaper in Coke's very own hometown.  The columnist who wrote the article claimed that he stumbled across it in a book of recipes

that was handwritten by a pharmacist decades earlier.

The Recipe from "This American Life" via Time:

The recipe: Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP, Citric acid: 3 oz, Caffeine: 1 oz, Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity), Water: 2.5 gal, Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart, Vanilla: 1 oz, Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color

The secret 7X flavor (use 2 oz of flavor to 5 gals syrup): Alcohol: 8 oz
Orange oil: 20 drops
Lemon oil: 30 drops
Nutmeg oil: 10 drops
Coriander: 5 drops
Neroli: 10 drops
Cinnamon: 10 drops

Is it real ??? Was it really hiding in plain sight ?? Was it more healthy ? Less healthy ?? Was there really cocaine in it ??