Starbucks is a very well known, if not the most well known coffee chain in the world. We all go there for the frothy sugary goodness with lots of whipped cream, colorful syrop and possibly even marshmallows on top. Their whole THING is making crazy sweet drinks with some coffee in them. That’s what Starbucks is known for. And then love creating new coffee concoctions every year, especially in time for holiday season. So let’s take a look at some of the best Starbucks holiday specials around the world.
1. Christmas Tree Peppermint Dark Mocha, Australia
This is how Australian Starbucks spreads the Christmas cheer. They make a dark peppermint mocha and decorate it with green whipped cream and colorful sprinkles. It kinda does look a bit like a Christmas tree, doesn’t it?
2. Snowy Cheese Flavored Latte, China
It sounds super weird, but what they mean by cheese is probably cheesecake? At least that’s what we’re hoping for. And of course it wouldn’t be a Starbucks holiday special if it wasn’t topped with lots of whipped cream, crunchy stars and special blueberry flavored sprinkles.
3. Praline Mocha, Indonesia
This is almost a holiday classic in Starbucks. They’ve actually introduced it in many countries, but it really stuck in Indonesia. It’s rich sweet flavor is exactly the treat most crave around Christmas.
4. Christmas Strawberry Cake Frappuccino, Japan
The moment you start seeing this drink in Japanese Starbucks you know that holiday season has officially started and Christmas is just around the corner. This drink is popular as a Frappuccino but is even more popular as simply a milk drink, no coffee required. It’s made up of steamed milk, strawberry compote, white mocha syrup, strawberry syrup, lots of whipped cream and biscuit on top.
5. Juniper Latte, Canada
This holiday drink has been available in certain Starbuckses in America but it really took over Canada like a storm. Everyone says it’s the closest you can get to actual Christmas in a cup in terms of flavor and scent.
6. Valencia Orange Tea Latte, South Korea
If you ever get a chance to go to Korea during the holiday season, you have to stop at a local Starbucks and try a valencia orange tea latte. It’s the yummies and most aesthetically pleasing drink you’ll ever have. And yes, we also think it’s hilarious that the most popular holiday drink in Starbucks in Korea is technically tea.
7. Teavana Apple Black Tea, Malaysia
Malaysia is another place where the most popular holiday drink is tea based. This one is consists of black tea, apple juice and frothy spiced foam. It’s become quite a holiday classic in Malaysia.
8. Coffee Jelly Frappuccino, Asia
Have you ever had coffee jello? Cause that’s what this drink is based on. You literally get a glass with jello cubes of coffee at the bottom, iced coffee, vanilla custard syrup and whipped cream on top.
9. Festive Cold Brew, South Africa
If you live in a warm place you can’t go wrong with a cold brew. To make it “festive” Starbucks adds Christmas spices and chunks of oranges and cranberries. Actually sounds delicious and refreshing, am I right?
10. Salted Caramel Brownie Hot Chocolate, Europe
If you have a serious sweet tooth this might be a perfect holiday treat for you. If not you might just go in to sugar coma. This is a seriously sweet drink to order, so if you’re still a noob when it comes to sugary drinks – order at your own risk.
11. Flat White With Cinnamon Spice, USA
If you’re too cool for whipped cream on your coffee, you might enjoy this interesting twist on a classic flat white. The secret is in the cinnamon sugar that gets steamed together with the milk to really add that Christmas flavor.
12. Christmas Panettone Latte, China
Panettone is an Italian sweet bread or a fruitcake that is typically enjoyed during the holiday season. Why is this THE holiday Starbucks drink in China? We don’t really know, but it sounds delicious. Apparently it’s like a fruitcake in a cup.