As of April 2014, Vanilla Coke is widely available in grocery stores. According to the Wal-Mart website, most Wal-Mart store locations carry the product. It can also be purchased online on Amazon.com, ebay.com and through other online retailers. Vanilla Coke is also available as a fountain drink in many restaurant chains, including Burger King, Wendy's and McDonald's.
Vanilla Coke is also available from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, soda machines introduced by the Coca-Cola Company in 2009 that allow consumers to customize their drinks. At these machines, customers can take Coca-Cola as a base product and add vanilla flavor in addition to other flavors, such as orange, raspberry and cherry. Although these machines are not available uniformly at any restaurant chain, one can search for Coca-Cola Freestyle locations at Coca-ColaFreestyle.com.
Vanilla Coke was first introduced in 2002, and the product saw its highest sales that year. However, it was discontinued in 2006 after a period of low sales. Vanilla Coke was launched in the United States once more in 2007, but it did not return to the United Kingdom until 2013. It was also introduced to Spain, France and Germany in the same year. Although Vanilla Coke as a packaged product is relatively new, adding vanilla flavor to Coca-Cola is not; soda jerks would add vanilla syrup to the product at soda fountains as early as the 1950s.