Starbucks holiday menu celebrates nostalgia with a modern twist

Starbucks holiday menu is more than red cups and Christmas Blend. This year the iconic brand celebrates the nostalgia of the holiday season.

Starbucks holiday menu rolls out in stores on November 2. While the snow might not be falling and the Christmas trees might not be decorated, the spirit of the holiday season is here. Just like families who spend the holidays reminiscing about favorite memories, Starbucks is inspired by the past.

One of the highly anticipated unveilings of the holiday season is the Starbucks holiday cups. This year, the holiday cup has four designs. The designs are stripes, flora, espresso houndstooth and stargyle. These designs represent pieces from Starbucks previous holiday designs as well as vintage colors and patterns.

Starbucks’ decision to focus on a nostalgic theme seems to follow a pattern in today’s culture. More and more people are being inspired by favorite memories from years ago. Whether it is a color, aroma or even just a moment, these memories have become part the collective memory. That sense of familiar is comforting, especially during the holidays.

 

Starbucks holiday menu, photo provided by Starbucks

 

Looking at the four holiday cup designs, each design has an appeal to different perspectives. The flora is quite feminine and cheerful. The starsgyle is modern yet evocative. Although someone will inevitably complain about some facet of these designs, it is commendable that Starbucks put as much care and thought into the holiday cup designs.

While the cups are pretty, the drinks on the Starbucks holiday menu are equally as important. Peppermint Mocha has been on the holiday menu for 16 years. Joining that classic are the following offerings Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte.

Many of these flavors offer a dash of sweetness that can brighten any cold, winter day. All of them bring incorporate holiday classics, like gingerbread and eggnog. Personally, the toasted white chocolate mocha sounds like a delicious treat to ward off the chill on a cold winter morning.

Since the holidays are often about the little indulgences, Starbucks added a couple treats to its holiday menu. New items include Chocolate Swirl Brioche, Pistachio Honey Croissant, and the Sugarplum Cheese Danish. These sweet treats are definitely worth the extra time at the gym.

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The Starbucks holiday menu hits stores on November 2. While the PSL slowly fades away, these nostalgic influence holiday offerings will help ease the transition. Although it might be a while till the Christmas tree gets put up, these holiday offerings might have a few people humming jungle bells.

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