Now Coca-Cola's Made A Bottle Of Ice. Ice, Baby!

You’ve heard about the split can, now try the block o’ ice.

Thirsty beachgoers in Colombia may now avail themselves of the ultimate in chilled beverages—and no messy plastic left over! Coca-Cola has undertaken another bit of stunt bottling with the Botello de Hielo, or bottle of ice.

We reported on Coke’s recent split-can idea—bringing the brand’s happy vibe to life with a sharable package. That idea seemed a little more practical than this one—a bottle made entirely of ice. Sure, it has a nice live-for-now message built in (wait . . . isn’t that Pepsi’s line?), but it can’t be comfortable to hold (even with the rubber band that encircles the bottle) or to drink or generally to be around. But as a promo on a steamy Colombian beach, it’ll do for a summer warm-up.

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  • lgcldesigns

    Don't do this product in the US. Someone would sue you for their lips freezing to the bottle :-P

  • Nate Daubert

    From a green perspective, this takes packaging to a whole new level. No waste and a cold drink. Props cocacola!

  • Private_Eyescream

    Ah, forgot, one more method, same rapid bottle-making using dry ice or liquid nitrogen. Same crystal-clear de-oxgenated by-vacuum distilled water.

    Freeze your bottle shape solid in the mold, release with warm water.
    Using the drill press plus a plastic tub to collect spillage, drill a 1/2 inch diameter core to about 4 or 5 inches downward from the bottle mouth location.

    American Coca-Cola Bottle
    dimensions: 7.5" high X 2.25" diameter

    This time you're injecting heated Coca-Cola soda syrup concentrate into the bottle itself.
    The heated syrup will melt the interior drilled core of the bottle.  Hot Syrup injection can be rather dangerous for all the obvious reasons.  You stick the Hot Syrup Injection Tube through the drilled mouth opening and then you fill from the bottom and pull your syrup injector out slowly.  This causes the syrup to melt the water (which will not taste as good as the proper water mix that the Coca-Cola bottlers use and at this stage, has no carbonation).  The result will be a Hot Syrup glob that is ready to mix & melt in the next stage.  The goal is not to pack the tube you drilled in the bottle with Hot Soda Syrup, but to get it ready for the next stage.  Carbonated steam water.  You have to use another tube to inject carbonated steam water into the bottle. You can do this with a tube-inside-a-tube injection system, but you'll need to fine-tune the heat of both substances and meter the amount precisely.  Not something easily done by the unskilled or by with mere human hands.  You'd need a computer controlled system at minimum.

    The method is similar to the Hot Steam Bottle drilling with waste water suction technique, but you aren't suctioning out any of the melted water, you're using it as part of the Coca-Cola soda mix.  The problem is that without precise control, you can prematurely melt the midpoints of the bottle out in an ellipsoid or just have it melt itself out of the bottom completely.  You also have to stop injecting way before you hit the mouth of the bottle (injector opening about 2.5 inches deep or you have a mess on your hands very quickly.  And you'd either have to have on hand a pre-frozen stock of drilled ICE BOTTLES ready for consumer point-of-sale filling or a well-ventilated vending wagon.

    You'd have to make an automated ICE BOTTLE hot carbonated-steam & Hot Soda Syrup injector with some way of rapidly restocking ICE BOTTLE inventory.

    The next fun bit, if you're vending at a fair or grassy area, is that the customers have a few things they can do with the empty bottles.  Let them melt into the environment or the pavement (shaking of fists by the fair ground owners) or they can toss them in the nearby trashcans.  Trashcans which become the over-filled back-breaking water-filled sopping trash bags of Janitorial Staff RAGE.  You may make a sweet profit, but unless the customers are making the ground sticky with soda residue, the Janitorial & Grounds Keeping staff will hate the sight of your vending wagon and those "novel" ICE SODA BOTTLES.  That's why I recommend a beach or lake sales venue only where a bit of spilled soda washes out by a dip in the water.  And for Heaven's Sakes, no ICE SODA BOTTLES for weddings unless you're getting a hefty  kickback from the local Dry Cleaner operators.  Dry Cleaning bills are bad enough at those over-hyped money wasting events without tossing in the laundry expenses for 50+ rented tuxedos & dresses.

  • Private_Eyescream

    And there are twp other methods to make an ICE BOTTLE for soda, which is much slower (whole bottle has to freeze for the most part).

    First you could quickly freeze a Coca-Cola bottle by dipping water-filled (distilled water with the water de-oxygenated by vacuum) firmly clamped metal mold into wet dry ice or liquid nitrogen.  Let it freeze solid to the core. Remove the mold from the freezing location, run warm water over the closed mold, to release the molded ICE BOTTLE shape (in the same way you cleanly release a Jello Mold object).

    Next you need a dual tube water injection plus suction system. The suction tube is a smaller tube with a separate water suction system that sits inside the main steam blower tube.  Using a non-rotating drill press (don't turn it on, just use it as a controlled vertical lowering device), you lower in a controlled manner the steam-melter into the bottle top to form a mouth, while the interior suction tube sucks the melted water out of the bottle.  What you are doing is melting an interior cavity in a rapid controlled "steam drilling" process.  The more you linger, the bigger the interior cavity.  You will note that you will get your drill press soaked with water unless you do this with the bottle inside of a plastic tube, accounting for the increased height so your bottles are not poked through the bottom.  Since the heat source will be constantly melting the mouth opening wider the deeper you go, it is best to make allowances for these diameter alterations.

    The next rapid method is more akin to HOLLOW CHOCOLATE EASTER BUNNY MAKING.

    You fill a Coca-Cola ICE BOTTLE mold (metal) entirely with distilled water (with the water de-oxygenated by vacuum), dip the clamped mold into wet dry ice or liquid nitrogen.
    This time you also need a stopwatch and the mold has to be entirely submerged.
    Depending on your ICE BOTTLE mold quantity, you'll need to run 1 minute trial runs to see how far the ICE BOTTLE has frozen. Release the ICE BOTTLE from the clamped mold by taking it to your kitchen sink and running warm water over it to release it like a Jello Mold.

    Start your timing routine with 5 minutes and then work backwards.  You'll need a drill press plus a tub over the drill press clamping area to hold any spilled water.  Slowly, with a drill bit to properly fit your ICE BOTTLE's mouth opening, drill downwards to the midpoint of the bottle, bringing the drill up and tipping over the bottle to see if liquid pours out.

    What you're doing is checking to see how deeply the ICE BOTTLE mold has frozen to the core.  What you want is about a 1 inch thickness in the ICE BOTTLE wall (for maximum melt failure resistance), you can go thinner, but don't blame me if you're having to haul out the rug shampooer to deal with ICE BOTTLE melt failure.

    Your timing routine is to see how thick the walls of the ICE BOTTLE has frozen while still retaining a liquid unfrozen core. Once you get between the 1 minute marks of "TOO THICK & TOO THIN", start testing in half minute marks, then quarter minute marks.

    You should be able to get this down to a science with about 5 mold freezings maximum if you use a simple binary logic filter in your rapid freeze-timing method.  You will always have to drill a mouth opening for the ICE BOTTLE to remove the unfrozen water after freezing the walls of it as the mouth of the bottle will always freeze thickest first.

    Have fun.  Liquid nitrogen & dry ice are not inexpensive or fun to get splashed upon yourself.  So I figure if you're going to do this for a catering event with a big freezer cooler with pre-froze molded ICE BOTTLES for soda, I would strongly recommend "ONLY OUTDOOR BEACH OR OUTDOOR LAKE PARTIES DURING SWIMMING EVENT TIMES".  Unless you want your guests making one big sticky mess all over their clothes & your carpets or floors.  Of course, if "STICKY FLOORS" are not a problem, then these would be great soft drink containers for the local sex orgy with wall-to-wall easily mopped linoleum.   Sticky spilled soda plus ice water on the floor is the least worrisome of the sticky fluids people will be walking or grinding their sweaty bodies upon.  Come for the drinks & snacks, but be sure to come to cum.

    And I'm out of here for the day.

  • Private_Eyescream

    And there you go.

    If you want to make your own ICE BOTTLE product in the slower traditional method I can point you to some SILICONE MOLD makers for designing the bottle exterior.  A 2-half screw mold would be required to make a traditional ICE BOTTLE similar to a Coca-Cola bottle.  Logically speaking, your cheaper imitation screw mold bottle design requires 6 parts.  Two rigid plastic or two precisely metal machined rings to form the bottle join locations.  If you try to use a flexible silicone mold for the join rings, then you run the risk of either ring deforming  or expanding/shrinking, thusly screwing up your efforts completely.  Since your bottle screw thread join ring molds are rigid, you should attach leg stands to allow the 2 silicone bottle part molds to "hang free" suspended by a little tower.  The silicone exterior surface hangs for both molds to be filled, but you now need to have a "cup insert" to displace the interior volume to allow you to pour in your favorite drink or soda so that the eventually-frozen molded ICE BOTTLE with 2 screwable connectors has some interior hollow cavity to pour the liquid into.

    Same procedure for joining the bottle parts together by using a small paintbrush + water on the molded ice screw threads to "glue" to bottle together once it refreezes after about 2 minutes.

    For making the "Clear As Glass" distilled & de-oxygenated vacuumed water, in a home location, the easiest method would be to vacuum the air from the water with a home shop vacuum cleaner. In order to do this you'll need a pressure cooker or some thick-walled rigid solid container which will resist crushing.  Fill the container about 2/3 full with your liquid. Your rigid lid has to have a hole drilled into it. Rub a bit of Vaseline on the lid's rim (if not using a pressure cooker), turn on your shop vacuum cleaner, place the lid onto your container, vacuum the air out for about 1 minute.  If you used distilled water and your container didn't squish like a soda bottle you're ready to pour it into your ICE BOTTLE molding device.

    Otherwise if you own a home vacuuming preservation device with a jar vacuum cap, you can do this by filling 2/3 of an acceptable vacuum-safe jar with distilled water.  Your water level will be lower once you suck the dissolved air our. Feel free to mark the water level and post a video on YOUTUBE for proof if you desire as I cannot find the relevant MISTER WIZARD video where he sucks the dissolved air out of a large aquarium tank (no fish or anything else inside except for normal tap water) with a home vacuum cleaner plus a glass windows or acrylic plastic hard lid using this method.

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    You should now be able to make bubble-free crystal clear perfect ice fairly inexpensively & quickly for any ice-based project.

    If you've got a better method for mass-production, go ahead and use it.
    I won't stop you.  Just be wary that "ICE BOTTLE Soda Bottles" have the same issues as "ICE SHOTGLASSES" and "ICE DRINKING CUPS".  Fine for an OUTDOOR PARTY, but if the guests come inside with them, you're going to have wet sticky stains all over your floor when the ice container fails with messy spillage.

    Inside, a cup coaster can only do so much when you've got a big melting ice cube cup flooding your dining room table with itself plus the liquid contained inside.

    On a beachfront, this is a novel & interesting project for upselling an already common product in a new novel container.  In a restaurant or any indoor location, this just means your janitors & busboys are going to HATE YOU for all the mopping and your customers will begin to wonder why the restaurant is as sticky as a low-budget movie theater floor.

  • Private_Eyescream

    Another alternative would be simpler for operator usage and molding.

    Utilize a similar Final Stage ICE BOTTLE molding process without the hollow interior balloon. In this case you need to mold a top Ice Bottle half and a bottom Ice Bottle Half at the same time.  Each bottle section would screw into each other once a bit of hot distilled water is painted onto the large threads to act as ICE GLUE.  Once molded the ICE BOTTLE is assembled, allowed to freeze for a minute in a deep freezer, then filled and handed to the customer.  All premolded ICE BOTTLES would be required to be placed without physically contacting each other on smooth silicone-teflon sheets to prevent the Ice bottles from freezing to each other.  This is a somewhat simpler, slower ICE BOTTLE molding process with leak-failure occurring at the screw thread water-glued screw seam ring, but requires more secondary equipment and a deep freezer unit to store the Ice Bottles until the water glue freezes both sections.

    When customer makes a purchase at the point-of-sale location, the server uses the Long Tube Filling mechanism to inject the proper volume of Coca-Cola product into the hollow ICE BOTTLE interior cavity.

    Description of both rapid bottle-filling mechanisms.
    Long tube fillers use a long product fill tube
    which extends nearly to the bottom of the bottle to quiet fill the bottle from
    the bottom up. Unlike vent tube fillers, they fill the bottle completely full, with
    correct fill height being assured by the displaced volume of the tube as it is withdrawn
    from the bottle. Many brewers swear by the long tube filler design, which offers the
    benefits of a quiet fill from the bottom of the bottle and minimal air pick-up.

    Short tube fillers have a vent tube about
    2"-3" long which exhausts the air or gas in the bottle as it fills with liquid.
    The product flows in around the vent tube and over a small rubber umbrella spreader which
    fans the product to the walls of the bottle neck, where it cascades down the inside walls
    of the bottle. The tube serves to vent air or gas displaced by the beer from the
    bottle--no product flows through the vent tube in normal operation. In fact, the vent tube
    controls the fill level in the bottle--when the liquid level reaches the end of the vent
    tube, the product stops flowing because air can no longer leave the bottle. Fill height
    adjustments are mad by changing the length of the vent tube (some types have an adjustable
    plastic sleeve).

  • Private_Eyescream

    The interior non-stick silicone balloon would be be
    premolded to expand precisely to a set diameter with no extensive
    elastic deformation and have vertical furrows which allow the interior
    balloon bag to deflate completely to allow easy user removal from the
    interior of the ICE BOTTLE.  The Air Vacuum pump that deflates &
    inflates the interior shaping bag could activate both pump cycles so
    long as there is allowable room for proper reliable pump movement.  The
    Air Vacuum & Inflation pump should be able to reuse the same volume
    of air for many cycles (injecting & deflating the same balloon bag
    contents).  Heating the air a bit for the inflation cycle would also
    allow easier interior balloon bag removal with the deflation cycle.

    The Pressure-Clamped Mold would be an mechanically controlled mold with the hollow interior shape that resembles the original glass Coca-Cola bottle.  The 2 mold halves would pressure clamp the two molding cavities by usage of a hydraulic clamping mechanism or an electrical  (with safety gates preventing the operator from coming within crushing point of the clamping mold).  Each mold half would

    Since ICE BOTTLES are not highly durable plastic, shaped Ejection pins would be a very bad idea. The metal durable non-stick surface mold interior would be designed to have a hydraulic minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit or stacked Peltier Cooling heatsink to rapidly finish the cooling of the cooled water that is injected into the ICE BOTTLE Coca-Cola mold.  This would be designed to have physical contact with the two interior non-stick bottle-shaping freezing surfaces.  After the bottle freezes solid, separation & ejection of the bottle requires one of two processes.

    Most reliable would be to have electrically-powered Flex Watt Heat Tape to rapidly heat the backside of the molding surfaces prior to ICE BOTTLE mold opening (slight premelt).

    The other method would be to have tiny injection holes in the mold leading to a hot water pump (distilled water is best for longest mold functionality without clogging) which then injects 50 degree Fahrenheit water into the mold (hot water spray release). This would have the problem of freezing up & clogging the thin pipes, but you could Flex Watt Heat Tape wrapped around the pipes to retain proper thermal temperature operating ranges.

  • Private_Eyescream

    The final stage of the ICE BOTTLE molding process would involve the pressure clamped ICE BOTTLE metal mold with the silicone balloon hollow interior.

    You would think that the Interior Hollow balloon spacer would have to be shaped like the Squeeze-it Fruit Drinks container, but you'd be dead wrong.You would need a hollow rigid metal tube about the diameter (going to 3/4 inches or even 1/2 inch might be preferable to prevent premature melt-failure) of the Coca-Cola bottle's mouth (1 inch diameter). This tube plus Balloon Hollow Interior Molding would then extend down into the mold by about 7.25 inches to 7 inches (the thicker bottle wall means less interior contents it also means slower ICE BOTTLE melt failure times).The metal tube itself would extend into the ICE BOTTLE about 2 inches from the top and then have an unscrewable plastic clamping ring to allow non-stick silicone rubber balloon removal in case of balloon failure.  You could also use a number of the long pencil-thin Twisty Animal type balloon shapes (uninflated shape) provided that you could control the inflation/deflation cycles for a minimum of a 10000 ICE BOTTLE unit process run as well as ensure that the balloon material did not negatively flavor or toxic-contaminate (many humans have severe latex allergies, drinking latex-contaminated liquid would be a catastrophic product failure event) the bottle interior when the Coca-Cola product was injected into it.  Pre-shaped non-stick silicone balloons would provide a reliable controllable replaceable product to prevent inferior knock-off imitations into the marketplace.A normal glass Coca-Cola glass bottle measured about 7 inches high, but since the bottom of the bottle also has a slight concave curve upward, you need to allow for that height variance to ensure proper ICE BOTTLE bottom thickness.  You should ensure that all ICE BOTTLE wall thicknesses are much thicker than normal because the consumer will be holding the bottle at midpoint, setting it on surfaces which contact the bottom zone, and the mouth where the most liquid flow will occur.

  • Private_Eyescream

    For the water to be de-oxygenated, you'd want suction the air out of
    the water itself with a vacuum pump prior to flowing it into the valved
    airlock (the oxygen would be vacuumed out upon filling the storage
    chamber durable flexible plastic bag & closing the cap).

    The Air Vacuum Water Bag Chamber for de-oxygenating the water would be a simple design.  It would require itself to be closed-cell polyurethane foam insulated dual wall refrigerator box with precise automatic thermal metering control & shutoff.  Ideally it would have an auto-defroster unit as well when not in product-supply-cycle mode. The operator should be able to fill the interior box to 1/3 fullness with regular water (distilled water would not degrade the plastic bag or refrigerator metal box interior as quickly either) and an auto shutoff-sensor that clearly indicates with a light and a durable warning plaque all languages that they have overfilled the interior box container.  The main goal of the liquid in the interior of the refrigerator & plastic water bag container area is to allow rapid thermal conduction of temperature reduction to keep the bag interior at the ideal temperature.

    A basic sturdy metal box that is water-tight on the bottom (with a screw-on drain plug) with no sharp corners.  This metal container box would not be airtight and would require a minimum of 4 topside vent holes (to prevent any issues with vacuum failure).  The flexible durable water bag itself would have 3 holes and designed with a loose water-tight screw-clamping plastic ring to unscrew each ring at each connection point.  Each ring would have a different size diameter to prevent operator confusion during the bag attachment phase.

    The Main Fill Ring would attach to the lid of of the metal box (which is designed to be opened with a hinge for future bag replacement upon failure of the replaceable bag unit).  This would be a large diameter ring (around 1+1/2 inches at minimum depending on cost).  This would allow easy top-filling of the bag for the ICE BOTTLE molding machine operator.  The main goal of this design is for easy water bag filling with distilled water.

    The secondary Air Vacuum Connection Ring would have a male-type loose plastic screw connector which would connect to a replaceable plastic ring of the same interior dual-female diameter Docking Filter Ring (the ring would contain 2 separated GORTEX (Gortex fabric allows gases to enter & exit, but stops liquid water penetration) water-tight layers (2 in case 1 fails so that the vacuum pump is not ruined if it sucks up a bit of the water).  This is to allow the air to be removed from the bag, but not the liquid.  This would dock to a male-type hose connector to the Air Vacuum Pump.  The main goal of this design is to create crystal clear zero-bubble slowly-melting dense Coca-Cola ICE BOTTLES.

    The third Water Bag Connection Ring goes to the cooling unit's Water Injection Pump (can be as simple as an High Volume Aquarium Pump, but it would require some method of metering the water amount injected). Simplest design would be to inject this into a large bicycle-pump type cylinder with a water-tight plunger which mechanically drives the water into the ICE BOTTLE pressure-clamped molding chamber.  As the pump arm is driven down, the water flow from the aquarium pump is automatically valve-blocked from injecting any more water into the Metered Water Injection cylinder.

  • Private_Eyescream

    You could build a machine to automate this ICE BOTTLE process with a build rate of 1 bottle per 1 minute if I've calculated it correctly.

    You could also accelerate the process with Thermoelectric cooling using a Peltier Cooling unit.  Electric current goes one way, it sucks the heat away from the metal plate, if you reverse the current, the cooling side heats up.  Good for fast-freezing a ice bottle, also for defrosting it enough to remove from mold quickly.

    Think of this like a similar process to PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING (with a bit of Plastic blow-molding technique for the interior bottle balloon).  The process would have to be automated to a degree to ensure a regular ICE BOTTLE product output (too much air pressure on the interior balloon and you create too-thin ice bottle walls).  The  near-freezing water would have to be precisely injected to around the centimeter range to create a satisfactory bottle height.

    The near-freezing water would require it to be around 3 degrees Fahrenheit (not frozen, but very close for rapid complete bottle freezing when injected to a below-freezing point metal pressure-clamped mold).

    The water itself would have to be distilled if you want regular pure water quality.  You cannot trust local "clean water" to actually be "clean", plus it increases the re-usability of the mechanical molding equipment as there would be no tiny grit, dirt, bacterial slime, or other contaminants to ruin the clamping equipment.  Ideally the mold would also have the best long-lasting durable non-stick Teflon-type interior surface for shiniest molding quality.

  • Private_Eyescream

    How to make the ice bottle?
    BALLOONS + ice mold.
    The balloon has to be a custom silicone balloon (shaped to the interior of the bottle) and the exterior of the bottle is a non-stick metal mold.  Get the distilled & de-oxygenated water (freezes clear + no bubbles) almost to freezing point. Inject into mold, stick in very cold freezer, vacuum deflate balloon bottle interior, pull out, unscrew mold, you've got an ice bottle.

  • Jammyman34

    Isn't the rubber band that used to keep your hand from freezing waste? Could probably be a bracelet to remember the event, but what if I want another coke, how many bracelets do I need? Hopefully those are recyclable .. Either way, cool idea for an outdoor summer event.

  • Candace Barnett

    I don't know, it's a pretty sweet concept for the right events! I like that it doesn't leave any waste behind.