- Starbucks is currently offering six holiday drinks: the Peppermint Mocha, the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, the Gingerbread Latte, the Eggnog Latte, the Chestnut Praline Latte, and the Caramel Brulée Latte.
- I tried them all.
- While they’re all sweet enough to please even the biggest sugar enthusiast, the winner was one of the least sweet drinks, and an underdog: the Chestnut Praline Latte.
In the US at least, the second the clock strikes midnight on November 1, people toss their Halloween garb in the closet for another year and bring out the tinsel and Christmas music. For better or worse, it’s officially the holiday season.
This means that it is also time for Starbucks‘ famous holiday drink menu. Not surprisingly, it’s filled with holiday staples like eggnog, peppermint, and gingerbread. In fact, it features six holiday drinks this year: the Peppermint Mocha, the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, the Gingerbread Latte, the Eggnog Latte, the Chestnut Praline Latte, and the Caramel Brulée Latte.
Here at INSIDER, we love a taste test, so we decided to put all of these drinks to the test.
Each one cost $5.45 for a grande (medium) size, with a range of caloric values. Read on to see what we thought.
Every year, just moments after the wafts of pumpkin spice have disappeared from the air, Starbucks announces their holiday drink lineup, along with their special holiday cups.
As usual, the cups were the cause of some backlash and controversy.
This year’s holiday lineup, which hit stores November 1, consists of the Peppermint Mocha, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte.
First up, I tried the Peppermint Mocha, a Starbucks staple. It returned in 2018 for its 16th season.
Peppermint Mochas are a fan-favorite. We know this because it has been imitated by other big coffee chains, like Dunkin‘ Donuts.
It is also a holiday classic, made with espresso, steamed milk, mocha sauce, and peppermint-flavored syrup. It’s topped with whipped cream and „dark chocolate curls.“
It contains 440 calories in a grande size.
Sadly, the „dark chocolate curls“ were missing from my drink, but overall, it was a pretty solid choice — if you like peppermint, that is.
Don’t expect subtlety in this drink — the peppermint flavor is very pronounced. I could barely taste the mocha in this drink, and the coffee might as well have been non-existent.
However, few flavors conjure the holidays and winter as well as peppermint does. So if you’re looking for a drink to sip on while blasting „All I Want for Christmas Is You,“ this is your best bet.
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