Coca-Cola is testing a new version of cherry Coke and diet cherry Coke in Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden. A news release said that "customers wanted a more intense cherry taste, similar to the one when cherry Coke was made at the local soda fountain." A six-pack of cherry Coke can be purchased on special for $1.99. Look for bright new packaging featuring a "rubine" red, silver and white color scheme.

Kay Hadley: "The Hadley crew are not Coke drinkers, but we gave in to try the new cherry Coke. As far as fountain-style taste, I am not qualified to make a fair comparison. However, cherry Coke is quite tasty and yes, it does have a very cherry flavor. It's worth a try if you enjoy Coke."Don Russell: "It seems fitting that I try this new product since I was just in Atlanta where I toured the new Coke Museum and taste tested several of their beverages.

"I had a difficult time distinguishing any differences in this new version. I suppose my only complaint remains the same - it needs even more cherry flavor!"

Judy Slack: "This is major good! I have also tried the diet cherry Coke and it really is fantastic, doesn't taste like a diet drink at all. I'm hoping this cherry Coke hits the vending machines real soon!

Edyth Jensen: "We had our daughter that loves Coke taste this and she said it had a really good cherry flavor."

Linda C. Tingey: "I liked this and will buy it again. It wasn't so carbonated and I really liked the smoother taste."

Conclusion: Most of our panelists thought the new cherry Coke had a delightful cherry flavor. They're ready to run out and buy some more. But as far as a fountain-style taste, we're all far too young to do a proper comparison!

The Deseret News testing panel independently tests products purchased by the Deseret News. Readers with suggestions for products to be tested should contact the Today Section, Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT, 84110.