Before we embarked on our caffeine excursion, we decided to set a few guidelines so that we would not be broke afterwards. First off, we decided to only order tall drinks— the smallest size at Starbucks— even in our favorite flavors. We also feared overindulging on caffeine, as the daily limit is 300 to 400 milligrams; thus, we planned to peruse the menu and determined that we would select a maximum of eight drinks. After reviewing the website, we were overwhelmed, to say the least, and made the executive decision to only order six drinks—three different drinks per person. Knowing that the Walpole Starbucks is usually very crowded and noisy on weekends, we opted for the quieter and more spacious Medfield location. Once we chose our final orders, we were ready to begin our first vlog and taste test.
Chestnut Praline Latte
Starbucks Description: “Our signature espresso, steamed milk and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices. Topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.”
My Take: The Chestnut Praline Latte was definitely foreign to me at first sip as I was unsure of what exactly constituted a praline—a confection made by boiling nuts in sugar. This drink is not for everyone as it is on the sweeter side, but it is also reminiscent of a caramel-flavored coffee. Altogether, this latte pleasantly surprised me with its flavors; however, I would not acclaim it as my go-to holiday drink.
Iced Peppermint Mocha Coffee
Starbucks Description: “Our signature Espresso Roast, milk, mocha-flavored sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup over ice. Topped with sweet whipped cream and chocolate curls.”
My Take: The Iced Peppermint Mocha Coffee was far more bitter than my other two drinks, which I appreciated as an avid dark roast drinker. As could be expected, the taste of the minty syrup prevailed over the mocha; thus, my only critique would be that I would have preferred fewer pumps of peppermint syrup. However, I would certainly recommend this coffee to iced coffee drinkers in search of a seasonal twist.
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
Starbucks Description: “Delectable flavors blended to chocolaty-pepperminty perfection. Frappuccino Roast coffee, white chocolate sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup are blended with milk and ice and topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.”
My Take: The Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino was the only one of my three drinks that I finished, so would say that I am a fan. I am a regular at Starbucks, but I tend to refrain from Frappuccinos due to their richness. However, this Frappuccino exceeded my expectations and was, surprisingly, refreshing. The balance between the peppermint, white chocolate and mocha flavors was impressive enough to convince me to purchase another Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino before the Starbucks holiday drink season ends.
Eggnog Iced Latte
Starbucks Description: “This perennial holiday favorite is made with rich eggnog, ice and our signature espresso.”
My Take: Although it may not have been my favorite, this drink is definitely one for lovers of eggnog. The flavors of eggnog and nutmeg certainly come through in this beverage. There was almost too much nutmeg for my liking, and it kind of off put the balance between the flavors. If you don’t like eggnog, I would advise you to steer clear from this drink.
Starbucks Description: “We took a holiday classic and gave it the Frappuccino drink treatment. Rich creamy eggnog, coffee and ice are blended and topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.”
My Take: To me, this drink tasted like a sort of eggnog milkshake. The eggnog flavor was much less strong than that of the Eggnog Latte, which I appreciated. The nutmeg flavor was certainly still prevalent, but, similarly to the eggnog flavor, less strong than my previous drink.
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee
Starbucks Description: “Rich espresso meets white chocolate sauce, peppermint-flavored syrup and steamed milk. Topped with sweet whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.”
My Take: After my two eggnog escapades, I was excited to try this drink. Although I have had (and enjoyed) peppermint flavored drinks from Starbucks in the past, I had never tried one with white chocolate. This drink balances all of its flavors very well and I would definitely order it again. I would recommend it as a great drink to warm up a cold winter day and because the peppermint adds a Christmas-y feel.