Starbucks winter flavors bring in holiday season


Nicole Vasallo

Peppermint Mocha

To celebrate the start of the holiday season, we went to Starbucks to try the new winter menu items.

The first drink that we tried was the Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte. Even though the drink was vegan, we barely tasted the almond milk. However, the drink had an overpowering coffee flavor. If the balance between coffee and sugar cookie was better, the drink would have been improved. We recommended shaking the drink to improve the blend. Once we took a couple of sips, we enjoyed the drink and would get it again. Overall, we rated this drink a 6/10.

The next drink we tried was the Peppermint White Mocha Crème Frappuccino. The drink had a nice taste of peppermint without being overpowering. However, we would have preferred more mocha because we did not taste it. There were also unpleasant chunks of ice in the drink. But, the drink was refreshing and a great compliment to the winter season. We rated this a 6/10.

A food we tried was the reindeer cake pop. The cake pop was decorative, and the chocolate stripes for the ears and the red nose were aesthetically appealing. The cake pop tasted great. The outside of the cake pop was covered with chocolate icing and the inside vanilla cake was moist. Altogether the reindeer cake pop was a 10/10.

Another drink we tried was the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha. We tried the drink both with and without coffee. The drink with coffee was rated an 8/10. It received this rating because the drink mixed well with the combination of espresso and sugary milk. Yet, the drink did not put us in the holiday spirit. Still, the coffee flavor was prominent in the drink, which we enjoyed.

The Toasted White Chocolate Mocha without coffee was worse. We gave this drink a 2/10. When served this drink, the cup was only filled halfway. Additionally, the drink tasted like over-sweetened milk with no holiday flavoring. It tasted too sugary and we do not recommend it.

Although the drink did not put us in the holiday spirit, we liked the red sprinkles and the look.

After careful consideration, we decided that the reindeer cake pop was our favorite holiday treat. All of these items and more are available at Starbucks. The Portfolio wishes you happy holidays.