Review: Starbucks releases holiday drinks

Lydia Urice
Podcast Editor

Starbucks released this year’s holiday drinks on Nov. 6. The lineup includes the hot drinks Peppermint Mocha, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte and Eggnog Latte.

Each of the hot holiday drinks is priced the same for each size. The 12 oz tall is $4.65, 16oz grande is $5.25 and 20oz venti is $5.45. 

“My favorite drink is the toasted White Chocolate Mocha. It just has a great added marshmallowy taste to the White Chocolate Mocha,” Starbucks employee Jade Davis said.

After many taste tests, a final ranking was established. 

The Peppermint Mocha was eliminated from the ranking due to predetermined bias. 

All of the drinks were good drinks, the ranking came down to purely personal preference. The Chestnut Praline Latte came in fourth place just because of the nutty taste. The Eggnog Latte came in third because it had no distinct taste. The Caramel Brulee Latte came in second because of the caramel aftertaste, and the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha won because it was just extra sweet.

“I’m not a Peppermint Mocha fan; I’m allergic to peppermint so that’s not my favorite,” Davis said.

“I really like the Caramel Brulee Latte to make, just because of the caramel brulee crunch that goes on top,” Davis said.

“Least favorite to assemble would probably be any of the frappuccinos because it just adds an extra layer of complexity to it,” Davis said.

All of these drinks in the line were good.  As for which is the best, that’s personal preference. If looking for one to try though, check out the Peppermint Mocha, unless of course allergic, in which case try the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha.


Lydia Urice – Podcast Editor

This will be Lydia Urice’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.


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