Fans of peppermint bark are totally obsessed with the Peppermint Mocha — it blends flavors of espresso, peppermint, and mocha, making for a deliciously sweet sip. And although it isn’t traditionally made vegan, you can customize it to ensure it’s free of animal products. According to the coffee company, you can place your order, but request an alternative milk (any of the plant-based varieties would taste great!), and forgo the whipped cream and chocolate curl topping.
Sweet holiday treats abound as the holidays approach – including Starbucks’ seasonal drinks, which returned in their signature red cups Thursday along with a brand new menu item: the “Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte.”
With the new sugar cookie latte plus five other drink options including Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte and Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and Irish Cream Cold Brew, it could be hard to choose the right caffeinated ornament to garnish your morning.
So, USA TODAY’s Morgan Hines tried and rated them all.
‘Chestnut Praline Latte’: 9/10
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This week, Starbucks launched its anticipated fall menu which features a brand new beverage: the Apple Crisp Macchiato. The new apple-forward drink is made with a combination of milk, brewed espresso, apple brown sugar syrup, and comes topped with a spiced apple drizzle. The deep apple flavor of the beverage comes from apple purée, apple juice concentrate, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and, luckily, zero animal products. To order the drink vegan, customers can swap the dairy milk for any of Starbucks’ four vegan milk options (oat, almond, soy, or coconut).
“For many customers, Starbucks signals the start of the fall
As friendly as Starbucks is to customized orders, a surge in viral Tiktok drinks and subsequent customer gluttony is taking its toll on the chain’s employees. Baristas are complaining about ridiculous bespoke drinks they’re having to make, which are slowing down operations, and worst of all, most of the time don’t make any sense, according to the latest report by Business Insider.
The publication spoke to several Starbucks staffers who characterized many of the custom drinks they have to make as “excessive,” “ridiculous,” “disgusting” and not even fitting in a cup. Some examples include over-the-top drinks with 20 or
A Starbucks barista posted a video, which has now been viewed over four million times, of an order with a receipt that spans the length of two iced Venti cups.
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Baristas are no strangers to customers coming in with over-the-top and, at times, annoying-to-make orders.
For Starbucks (SBUX) baristas, this is especially customary as many viral “secret menu” drinks and hacks on social media have made purchasing a seemingly out-of-the-box order somewhat commonplace.
But one customer might have taken it
Other than enjoying stunning fall foliage and participating in fun activities like corn mazes and pumpkin picking, few things ring in autumn quite like the debut of Starbucks’ seasonal fall drinks menu. In fact, it’s one of the most anticipated events of the season (pumpkin spice latte, anyone?).
While treating yourself to one of the coffee giant’s signature beverages every now and then shouldn’t affect your overall health goals, there are better-for-you ways to enjoy Starbucks fall drinks. In fact, there are even health benefits to a cup of coffee, says Keri Gans, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., author of
A TikTok video shows young Starbucks workers overwhelmed with a 22-drink order by a “Karen” in California.
The video, posted by barista @sarai.camp0s, has been viewed 1.5 million times. Comments are turned off, which suggest some hate likely leaked into the discussion. The caption says, “Oh, just a regular day working at Starbucks #starbucks #wequit.”
“I guess Karen’s little sister ordered today,” she wrote on the overlay, showing the first of a 22-drink order for a “Katie.”
Per the drink stickers, the order is an Uber Eats delivery from late June from a Starbucks in Hayward, California.
Social media, which offers anyone with a smartphone the chance to make a grab at their own 15 minutes of fame, has created a new set of opportunities — and challenges — for food service operations.
As reported on Buzzfeed, one recent social media fad has plagued Starbucks locations, as influencer-wannabes have been using the coffee house chain’s digital platform to create “appucinos,” elaborate drinks that can subsequently be hyped on Twitter, TikTok, and elsewhere in the social media realm.
Starbucks employees have taken to social media to complain of the complicated orders they are encountering as a result of
A limited-edition summer beverage has just been added to the Starbucks menu, and it’s perfect for those who love to have their dessert come in drink form. And also consider funnel cake the ideal summer food.
Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino, the chain’s latest concoction, is made with strawberry puree, whipped cream, and funnel cake-flavored frappuccino, but it’s the topping that really sets this new Frapp apart—pieces of an actual powdered sugar funnel cake.
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The drink is part of Starbucks’ As Summer As
I feel like we all have wondered, at least once in our lives, what it would be like to drink liquefied funnel cake. Truthfully, sometimes the very thought of it seems much more attractive than eating a solid funnel cake, which I am personally terrible at. Perhaps there are people out there able to eat funnel cake without getting powdered sugar on every region of their bodies and have never been chased out of an amusement park by 7,000 bees. Someone at Starbucks must have also been humiliated in front of their high school crush by