'Southern Delicacy' of Pouring Peanuts Into Coke Bottle Divides Opinion

A woman's demonstration of the "Southern delicacy" that is peanuts and soda has divided opinion online.

Three days ago, Trazia Rae shared a video of herself pouring peanuts into a bottle of Pepsi, asking her TikTok followers if they had ever tried the combination or if was "just a Florida thing."

Unsurprisingly, the footage was met with a huge wave of questions, so Trazia Rae made a follow-up video with a bottle of Coke in an effort to answer some of them.

In this clip, which has been watched more than 3.3 million times, she explains that you can choose any peanuts and any soda, but her favorite is salted nuts and Coca-Cola Cherry.

"I think it tastes better in a darker soda like Pepsi and Coke," she said, but added later that she has even "seen people say they do it with beer."

After taking a sip of the soda to make room, Rae poured a fair amount of the peanuts into the bottle.

"You just drink 'em and eat 'em, so every time you take a sip, you will also eat the peanuts," she said. You should make sure to chew the peanuts, she added, so as to not choke.

The surprising food combination has reached a whole new audience on TikTok, but it is actually something of a Southern tradition.

According to the National Peanut Board, the idea likely started in the South in the early 20th century and has been spread down the generations since.

In an article on the board's website, food historian Rick McDaniel explained that the idea is thought to have originated in the 1920s when packaged peanuts "began showing up at country stores and filling stations where the familiar contour bottle of Coke was already being sold."

It has been suggested, as Trazia Rae mentioned in her video, that blue-collar workers would pour the peanuts into the bottle so they could eat them when they had dirty hands.

McDaniel said: "Working people may not have had a place to wash up so you pour the peanuts directly in the bottle and your hands stay clean." He also pointed out that the bottle needed only one hand, making it easier to drive a stick shift or work at the same time as snacking.

Some TikTok users are now trying the combination of sweet and salty for themselves. "When you don't know if they're pranking you or if it's real but you want to try it," commented one.

"It's hillbilly boba. I love it," wrote another user, to the amusement of Trazia Rae.

Not everyone was convinced. "Alright, this is my sign to get off TikTok for the day," posted one TikToker.

Trazia Rae had some advice for the naysayers, though. "You guys are so upset that i'm putting peanuts in Coke. I'm just chilling. You don't have to drink it," she said in a later video.

Glass bottles of Coca Cola in store
Bottles of Coca-Cola are seen on a shelf at Tower Market in San Francisco on January 16, 2004. The combination of Coke and peanuts has gone viral on TikTok. Getty Images