It’s time to treat yourself to Starbucks® delicious holiday season coffees.
Personally, we’re thrilled that two of our favorites are on the shelves.
Here’s what to look for:
Starbucks Holiday Blend. The box states it’s a medium roast, but it tastes more like a dark roast (our preferred roast) to us. We like it so much more than the year-round dark roasts we’ve been using, that we purchased six more boxes of K-cups to tide us over until Holiday 2021.
The box says the coffee has maple and herbal notes. We didn’t detect them, but loved the rich flavor just the same.
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha, chocolatey and minty with a natural sweetness (but no added sweetener, and all natural flavors).
In fact, Peppermint Mocha is so naturally sweet that our “recipe” of half coffee, half milk turns a cup of coffee into a drinkable dessert.
Add whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, and top with crushed candy canes (photo #1).
STARBUCKS HOLIDAY COFFEE
Starbucks Holiday Blend is also available in two new formats: Starbucks By Nespresso and Fresh Brew Ground Coffee Cans.
Peppermint Mocha is also available in Starbucks VIA Instant Peppermint Mocha Latte packets.
Both flavors are available in Roast & Ground and K-Cup® pods during the holiday season, while supplies last.
Starbucks Frappuccino Peppermint Mocha, the classic creamy bottled Frappuccino with holiday flavors.
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Iced Espresso.
Need something that is ready to sip? Here are two in bottles:
TIP FOR SWEETER COFFEE OR TEA
If you like sweetness in your coffee or tea but not a sweetener, buy Lactaid or other lactose-free milk.
Lactose-free milk contains an enzyme called lactase that helps break down the naturally-occurring milk sugar, lactose, into two simple sugars: glucose and galactose.
The lactose-free milk seems sweeter than regular milk because they can taste of the break-down of the lactose bonds.
Lactose-free milk is one of our favorite “diet” tips for people who want something a tad sweeter.
> COFFEE GLOSSARY: THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COFFEE
> THE HISTORY OF COFFEE
 Starbucks Peppermint Mocha coffee turns into a sweet snack or a drinkable dessert (all photos © Starbucks).
 Starbucks Holiday Blend, with maple and herbal notes.
 Peppermint Mocha is a chocolatey, minty treat.