by Anen Saullo
Fa La La La La La La, La-tte!
It’s that time of year again! Time for most everyone’s favorite holiday- Christmas! What do people like about Christmas? The gifts? Spending time with family?
For some, their favorite part of Christmas is the Starbucks holiday drinks. Why? Some people love the cozy and sweet tastes of the holiday drinks that Starbucks provides. Last year, according to a Forbes article,“Revenue during its December quarter surged 12% to $5.37 billion, while global comparable store sales rose 8%, beating the 7% analysts had been looking for.” Here are the drinks that are listed on the holiday menu:
“1.Caramel Brulee Latte- Steamed milk with an espresso, flavored with a caramel Brulée sauce and topped with whipped cream and caramel Brulée topping.
2.Chestnut Praline Latte- A seasonal chestnut infused chocolate flavor in espresso with steamed milk, topped with whipped cream.
3.Fudge Hot Chocolate- A deliciously creamy, chocolaty blend, topped with whipped cream and golden white chocolate curls.
4.Eggnog Latte- The Starbucks Christmas classic. Real eggnog, mixed with a bit of milk, espresso, and topped with nutmeg on top.
5.Gingerbread Latte- Another Christmas classic, a fresh latte with a couple of shots of gingerbread syrup, topped with whipped cream and nutmeg.
6.Honey & Almond Hot Chocolate- Mocha and almond syrup blended with steamed milk, topped with chocolate whipped cream and finished with swirls of mocha and honey drizzles.
7.Peppermint Mocha- A classic mocha with peppermint syrup, topped with whipped cream and some festive red sprinkles.
8.Toffee Nut Latte- A freshly steamed latte with toffee nut syrup and crunchy toffee sprinkles.”
Now, what is the history on these festive drinks? Well, Starbucks started these holiday drinks 20 years ago. The very first Christmas drink was the Eggnog Latte in 1997. Since then they have added to the menu. Every year they change the design of these festive cups. This year they have special designed red cups because it’s the 20 year anniversary of these Christmas drinks.
What makes these drinks so special? When asked, Leila Pozzi, a Starbucks lover, stated her reason about what makes these drinks special. “They aren’t always on the menu and when you get the drink after waiting months until the X- Mas menu comes out, the drinks is magical every time.”
The drinks are very good, but they are more expensive than the regular drinks that are already on the menu. Leila Pozzi gives her reason about why these drinks are more expensive, saying, “Because the regular drinks are always there and when you are like me and always have Starbucks you just see them as plain drinks and then when the X- Mas comes out man… they’re so good. They deserve to be more money than the plain.”
Sean Rodriguez, a freshman that kind of likes Starbucks, states his opinion on the question, “Some of the Christmas drinks taste better than the ones on the menu.” What do you think? Are these drinks overpriced or are they worth the money?
Camryn Lujan, a sophomore who doesn't think they are worth the cost, states her opinion on why she doesn’t like Starbucks, “Let's see, I don't really like Starbucks that much because I don't really have a big taste for coffee.”
The drinks go off of the menu on January 1st, 2018. Will you buy one for the holiday season? Or just not get any Christmas drink at all?
Check out this graph that shows the Journalism staff’s favorite drinks.
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