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Starbucks Holiday Cheer

Jaguars review the annual holiday Starbucks menu.
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media by Claudia Llado
Pictured: Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte and Caramel Brulee Latte.

Snow sprinkles through the sky as you walk into Starbucks. The scent of gingerbread and peppermint-flavored food items fills the cafe. 

You place your first drink order from the holiday menu and patiently wait for the barista to call your name. Finally, you take your first sip of the classic Peppermint Mocha Latte.

It’s the holidays at Starbucks. 

Over 16,000 stores all over the United States are decorated with stacks of new holiday cups, bags of the signature Christmas Blend, unopened cartons of holiday products and bright red menu boards with the season’s new and returning menu items.

In early November, Starbucks released its annual holiday menu with some new merry-themed food items. Included in their return, the classic Starbucks Christmas Blend also hit the shelves and is reformulated each year. 

The festive coffee blend was released in 1984 and has been a popular repurchase ever since. With notes of spiced chocolate and spruce tips, the dark roast is made from beans sourced from Latin America and Indonesia with select Sumatran beans, creating a rich coffee blend. 

Along with the holiday brews, Starbucks released two new drinks this year as well as new baked goods and drink add-ons. Read below on what Jaguars thought of the new and returning holiday menu.

Drinks

Pictured: Peppermint Mocha.
“It’s an aesthetic drink but I don’t taste the peppermint. It kind of tastes like a cinnamon mocha,” JJ Nielsen Mayer ‘25 said. “It’s not sweet or tart and tastes salty.” (media by Claudia Llado)

Peppermint Mocha: 

Espresso, steamed milk, mocha sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.

Grande:

-440 calories

-54g sugar

-16g fat

“It’s an aesthetic drink but I don’t taste the peppermint. It kind of tastes like a cinnamon mocha,” JJ Nielsen Mayer ‘25 said. “It’s not sweet or tart and tastes salty.”

 

New Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai:

Our spiced chai tea blend is paired with gingerbread-flavored syrup and creamy oat milk on ice.

Grande:

-360 calories

-45g sugar

-10g fat

 

Pictured: Caramel Brulee Latte.
“It’s super sweet and there’s a really heavy coffee taste but it’s not strong. I don’t taste the caramel brulee as much but I rate this drink an eight out of 10,” Scarlett Marrone ‘27 said. (media by River Brown)

Caramel Brulee Latte:

A combination of espresso, steamed milk and caramel brulee sauce, finished with whipped cream and a caramel brulee topping.

Grande:

-410 calories

-48g sugar

-14g fat

“It’s super sweet and there’s a really heavy coffee taste, but it’s not strong. I don’t taste the caramel brulee as much, but I rate this drink an eight out of 10,” Scarlett Marrone ‘27 said.

 

New Oleato Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte:

Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast infused with Partanna extra virgin olive oil, steamed oat milk and notes of warm gingerbread. Finished with a dusting of bright ginger and citrus. 

Grande:

-130 calories

-21g sugar

-20g fat

 

Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte:

Pictured: Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte.
“I like it with the almond milk because it’s not as strong as some other drinks, like the pumpkin spice latte,” Clara Benko ‘24 said. “I don’t think it’s sweet at all but I have a sweet tooth so maybe it doesn’t taste sweet to me. I love the sprinkles on top and rate this an eight out of 10.” (media by Claudia Llado)

Starbucks Blonde espresso, sugar cookie flavors and almond milk on ice with red and green sprinkles.

Grande:

-150 calories

-25g sugar

-3.5g fat

“I like it with the almond milk because it’s not as strong as some other drinks like the pumpkin spice latte,” Clara Benko ‘24 said. “I don’t think it’s sweet at all but I have a sweet tooth so maybe it doesn’t taste sweet to me. I love the sprinkles on top and rate this an eight out of 10.”

 

Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte:

Signature Espresso Roast and velvety steamed milk with added flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices, topped with whipped cream and praline crumbs.

Grande:

-330 calories

-38g sugar

-14g fat

“The flavor was really good. I couldn’t see the drink because of the cup but the holiday cups at Starbucks are always cute,” Kaeli Nallathamby ‘24 said. “It was sweet and had a nice spiced flavor that didn’t taste artificial.”

 

Baked goods

Gingerbread Loaf:

A baked vegetarian treat with ginger-spice flavors.

-380 calories

-43g sugar

-12g fat

 

Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop:

Pictured: Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop.
“At first I tasted the crunch of the peppermint outside shell and then I got the burst of chocolate flavor,” Sandra Krzywdzinski ‘25 said. (media by River Brown)

A peppermint chocolate cake with white-chocolaty frosting and pieces of candy cane on top.

-160 calories

-19g sugar

-6g fat

“At first, I tasted the crunch of the peppermint outside shell and then I got the burst of like chocolate flavor,” Sandra Krzywdzinski ‘25 said.

 

Snowman Cookie:

A buttery shortbread snowman cookie with white-chocolaty icing.

-390 calories

-25g sugar

-21g fat

 

Pictured: Cranberry Bliss Bar.
“It has a very dense texture and looks cool,” Alex Jacot ‘24 said. “ I’m kind of disappointed though because I thought [the taste] was gonna be very cranberry and then it was just cream cheese frosting.” (media by River Brown)

Cranberry Bliss Bar:

A blondie cake with dried cranberries and a layer of cream cheese icing with orange zest and a sprinkle of dried cranberries.

-290 calories

-28g sugar

-15g fat

“It has a very dense texture and looks cool,” Alex Jacot ‘24 said. “ I’m kind of disappointed though because I thought [the taste] was gonna be very cranberry and then it was just cream cheese frosting.”

 

Sugar Plum Cheese Danish:

A cream-cheese danish topped with a spiced sugar-plum spread.

-330 calories

-16g sugar

-15g fat

 

What do you think of the holiday menu? Let us know in the comments below.

What is your favorite Starbucks holiday item?

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