For me, the start of the Christmas season is when Starbucks launches its planners, organizers, and holiday-exclusive merch and products. We may be living in uncertain times but that doesn’t mean we still can’t find slices of happiness. This year, Starbucks is inviting everyone to Carry the Merry and celebrate life’s little joys.
Each year, I share with you what Starbucks has in store for its planners and organizers (which I already wrote about here, along with details of my annual giveaway), as well as its Christmas collection. Here’s what they have for 2020:
Starbucks’ Christmas drinks will see a new addition and the return of two favorites. For 2020, they’re introducing the Jolly Baked Apple Latte, a creamy blend of Starbucks’ signature espresso, steamed milk, and spiced apples. It’s topped with a whipped cream dome, a drizzle of baked apple sauce, and candied apple sprinkles.
The returning favorites are the Toffee Nut Crunch Latte and the Peppermint Mocha. The former features layers of buttery toffee nut with subtle notes of toasted nuts, Starbucks’ signature espresso, and velvety steamed milk. The beverage is finished with a whipped cream peak and more sprinklings of crunchy toffee nut topping. Meanwhile, the Peppermint Mocha is inspired by the flavors of traditional holiday candies. This one has Starbucks’ signature espresso, steamed milk, chocolatey mocha sauce, and peppermint. Rounding it off are whipped cream, mocha drizzle, and candy cane pieces. Can you believe that this is the 18th year for the Peppermint Mocha to return?
Starbucks Planners and Organizers for 2021
Starbucks is releasing two designs for the planner and another two for the organizer. The Starbucks Siren Planner features the brand’s iconic logo and symbolizes its passion for coffee. Meanwhile, the second is the Starbucks Teavana Youthberry Planner, which has the siren’s tail in gold embossed on the cover. This one is an ode to the refreshing and vibrant flavors of their Teavana line, especially the Youthberry. Check out more photos and details here.
Starbucks Holiday Menu
Starbucks is introducing five sweet treats for this year’s holiday season. There’s the Apple Berry Crumble Cheesecake, which is loaded with apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and topped with butter crumbles. For something a little more decadent, the Triple Chocolate Cake is made with layers of gooey brownie, rich chocolate cake, light vanilla cake, velvety dark and milk chocolate mousse, then finished with dark, milk, and white chocolate cream frosting. This cake uses Belgian chocolate so expect it to be yummy. Another cake worth checking out is the Holiday Coffee Cake, which has soft meringue, smooth creamy coffee mousse, then finished with white chocolate cream icing.
For snacks, the Chocolate Chip Doughnut is stuffed with a whole chocolate chip cookie and topped with dark chocolate ganache and crushed chocolate chip cookies. The PBJ Doughnut, on the other hand, is stuffed with creamy peanut butter and strawberry jam. It is then rolled in powdered sugar.
The Chocolate Crepe Cake is making a big return and I’m so happy! This cake has 17 layers of crêpe with smooth and creamy chocolate cream filling. The Chocolate Chip Overload Cookie comes with dark and milk Belgian chocolate chunks and chips.
For savory treats, Starbucks is introducing the Prosciutto Cotto and Mozzarella Panzerotti, a soft yet crispy fried dough stuffed with oozing gooey mozzarella and prosciutto cotto (cooked ham). Another dish I’m curious about is the Cheesy Spinach Tree, a buttery and flaky pastry filled with cheesy, spinach, onions, and herbs. The Mushroom Bun is a crispy and light bun stuffed with mushrooms and cheese. Lastly, the Holiday Ham, Egg White, Cheese on Croissant Bun features slow-roasted Christmas ham, egg white omelet, and cheese dressing on a buttery flaky croissant bun.
A returning savory treat is my favorite Chicken Fajita Roll, a tortilla filled with mouth-watering Mexican-flavored chicken breast fillet. Starbucks, I’m also waiting for the return of the Tuna Wasabi Turnover!
Starbucks will be offering three coffee variants exclusive for the holidays. The Starbucks Christmas Blend is a spicy and sweet cup of coffee with notes of herbs, baking spices, and a velvety-rich chocolate finish. The dark roasted beans are sourced from Guatemala, Colombia, and Papua New Guinea. This year’s Christmas Blend will be offered in a ground version (along with the traditional VIA and Origami variants) to make it easy to prepare and gift. It’s best enjoyed as a drip but could still be used for a press. It also comes in a deeper and darker version customized for espresso, called the Starbucks Christmas Blend Espresso Roast. This one combines Latin American, African, and Indonesian beans with rare aged Sumatra for a complex flavor profile with plummy sweetness and earthy spiciness.
Lastly, the Starbucks Reserve Christmas 2020 is a masterful blend of coffee from Hacienda Alsacia, the brand’s Costa Rica farm. Its hints of citrus are combined with the earthy, aromatic spice of aged Sumatra, and full-bodied Sulawesi coffee from the Indonesian archipelago. These hand-selected beans, cultivated by smallholder farmers, bring a delicate butterscotch sweetness to the blend.
Starbucks Ready-to-Drink Beverages
These ready-to-drink beverages are perfect for those on the go. The Starbucks Doubleshot Milky Espresso is made with rich, full-bodied espresso with an added touch of milk and sweetness. For a deeper and richer flavor, the Starbucks Doubleshot Dark Mocha combines espresso, milk, and dark chocolate.
Starbucks’ bottled Frappuccinos are also perfect for busybodies. The Caramel Frappuccino has low-fat milk and a buttery caramel flavor, while the Vanilla Frappuccino has notes of vanilla.
Starbucks will be launching five featured cards this year: the Maligayang Pasko, Snowman Card, Holiday Tree Card, Holiday Animals Card, and the 2020 Red Cup Card. The first four are available for an initial activation amount of P300, while the 2020 Red Cup Card is available for an initial activation amount of P500.
23rd Anniversary Journal and Starbucks Card Gift Set
This special-edition gift set includes the 23rd Anniversary journal, a leather clutch, and a Starbucks card with a P1,000 activation amount. It’s sold exclusively as a bundle for P2,700. You can also buy (separately) the 23rd anniversary mug and tumblers.
Starbucks Holiday Merch
Starbucks’ line of merch this holiday season is truly festive! The Starbucks Holiday Bling Cup is an iridescent cold cup with a textured surface and a debossed logo. This comes in pink and rainbow hues. Meanwhile, the Starbucks Pearl Hot Cup (16oz.) is perfect for the cold weather. You can choose between blue, pink, green, and silver.
The Starbucks Home for Holidays collection features mugs and tumblers with dog and cat prints in a mix of classic red and green hues. If you want something a little sleeker, the Starbucks Copper Gem collection comes with tumblers and mugs in a matte black and glossy copper finish.