Starbucks' Gingerbread Latte Isn't Coming Back This Season


Those who bring in the reusable holiday cup after 2 p.m. from Thursday to January 7 will get 50 cents off their grande (medium-sized) holiday beverage.

This week, the Seattle-based company shared its holiday coffee cups, a yearly tradition, and as usual the chain is eager to avoid any religious symbols or phrases, despite the calls of coffee-loving Evangelicals. Starbucks wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the free cup.

Wintry beverages that'll score you Starbucks holiday cups include the caramel brulée latte, chestnut praline latte, eggnog latte, peppermint mocha, hot chocolate, peppermint hot chocolate, salted caramel hot chocolate, salted caramel mocha, toasted white chocolate mocha and gingerbread latte. "Starbucks" holiday drinks are back and so are the reusable red cups. "We wanted coming to Starbucks to be like uncovering a present".

For Starbucks, the seasonal offerings are a way to create buzz, give their fans what they want and boost sales.

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Polka Dots: The traditional Starbucks red cup is dotted with green, with the Siren logo playfully popping in here and there. So, the theme of this year's cups will be "Merry Coffee". Each cup has a unifying green stripe on the back, similar to a ribbon.

Holiday cup-carriers, however, will board after first-class passengers and those with special boarding designations.

But the best cup is a reusable one, and Starbucks is giving away a free limited-edition reusable red cup to customers who order a holiday beverage at participating Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada on November 7, while supplies last.