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Tried and Tested: Starbucks Holiday Drinks

Yup. It’s that wonderful time of year again. It’s Starbucks Red Cup season! I know, I know it’s so “basic” but you have to give it to them. Those red holiday cups are delicious. But there’s one problem — which one do you choose? Well coffee-addicts, fear no more because I am here to make your decision a little easier (and no, I didn’t just do this article so I could convince my parents to buy five different cups of coffee).

1. Caramel Bruleé Latte: Okay, let me just say this was delicious. To be fair, i’m slightly biased because I love caramel. But, this drink was simply divine. Topped with whip cream and little pieces of caramel, this drink definitely had more of a coffee taste than a lot of Starbucks’ other lattes. Also, it definitely had a bit more of a bitter aftertaste. I’m guessing this had to do espresso base that is added to the drink. All in all, it was just the drink I needed after a long day at school.
2. Chestnut Praline Latte: Not too sweet, not too bitter. In the words of Goldilocks, this drink was “just right.” While I can’t say I was a huge fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate flavoring that permeated this drink. While it didn’t taste too “nutty” to me, I will say that it had a very festive, hot chocolate-esque type taste to me. Also, it had a subtle cinnamon or spice aftertaste which I personally found exquisite. If you’re looking for a soothing, soft, creamy drink, then I think you’ll find it in the Chestnut Praline Latte.

3. Fudge Hot Chocolate: Ah, who doesn’t love chocolate am I right? This drink is literally oozing with chocolate. Composed of milk chocolate, fudge syrup, and fudge flavoured whip cream (who comes up with stuff?!), this drink was a little sip of heaven. Honestly, I would be content if this was the only drink I could have forever. Served piping hot, it’s perfect for those cold wintry months. 10/10, I would recommend — enough said.

4. Peppermint Mocha: What screams the holiday season more right? Not only is this bad boy available all year round (which I guess disqualifies it from being a Holiday drink but details, details) but you can get it hot or iced. While I personally am not a huge peppermint fan, I can definitely appreciate the cool aftertaste that came after this drink. It also was made with chocolate milk (peppermint and chocolate? Great combo!) and topped with cute little dark chocolate bits. If nothing else, it will definitely get you into the holiday spirit.

5. Gingerbread Latte: Ok, I stand corrected. This practically slapped me across the face with holiday cheer. Just smelling it evoked images of sweet gingerbread houses. The texture of the drink itself was very smooth and creamy. I could definitely taste the subtle touches of cinnamon which are mixed so as to not be too overpowering. That being said, I definitely was left with a bit of a bitter after taste. However, this drink definitely, lives up to it’s name of a festive holiday drink and is great for those days you just want to stay curled up inside with some Netflix.

With that, dear readers, I bid you adieu as I try to go sleep off these five delicious cups of coffee (probably won’t be able to sleep for the next five days but one can hope, right?). Happy Holidays!