21st March 2003

New 'cocaine' sweet will help people relax

A company in Peru is developing a sweet made out of a mixture of caramel and the leaves used to make cocaine.

The company, from Carmen Alto, says the Cocamel will help people relax from the stress of daily life.

Firm boss Rosario Lazo told Las Ultimas Noticias online: "The Cocamel is delicious and can be used to relax people from daily tensions.

"It will surprise everyone and give people more than a smile."

The company has been working on the sweet for six months, and still has to get Department of Health approval before it is put on sale.

Mrs Lazo added: "I want to demystify the use of coca leaves. In many parts people chew or make tea with them to fight altitude sickness."

If put on sale, the Cocamel will be sold in bags of 12 for 50p.

coca leaves

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