Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher says he puts peanuts in his Coke and that’s apparently a thing


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To the surprise of approximately no one, defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was named the ACC’s preseason player of the year at the conference’s media days on Monday. But the gathering in Greensboro, N.C., was not devoid of news, thanks to Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher.

Wait, what?

Apparently, this is a thing in the South. Coca-Cola’s Web site has delved into the issue.

Folks from Texas to the Carolinas partake in the sweet, salty goodness, while the custom seems to peter out in Virginia and disappears entirely by Maryland.

As for when and where Coke and peanuts first got together, there were several possibilities.

John T. Edge, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the Center for Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, grew up in Jones County, Georgia, where “any road trip was fueled by a sleeve of roasted and salted peanuts and a glass bottle of Coke.” …

“I think putting peanuts in Coke may go back to working people who may not have had a place to wash up,” [John Masters of Tampa] says. “If you’ve been working on a car and have grease all over your hands, you pour the peanuts directly in the bottle and they stay clean.”

Edge says that combining the two made it easier to drive a stick shift on the back roads of Central Georgia, while James Brown [who grew up in North Carolina] thinks that the tradition may have begun in order to leave one hand free to smoke or to keep working.

“I don’t know how it got started,” Brown says. “But you sure can’t beat a cold Coke filled with a sleeve of peanuts when you want something to hold you over till suppertime.”

And putting peanuts in soda is a cherished tradition among Florida State football coaches.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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