Joshua Trujillo—Starbucks

This is what they look like

Elisabeth Sherman
Updated: February 07, 2018

There are a few signs that theholiday season has arrived: The leaves start to turn orange and red. Christmas lights and plastic, singing renditions of Santa Claus start to appear at your local convenience store. And, most importantly, Starbucks releases its beloved holiday drinks. Today, that day has come: The coffee chain has announced that you'll now be able to sip on your favorite flavors that only come during the holiday season, including the Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline Latte, and the Caramel Brulée Latte.

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Starbucks eased its fans into fall slowly, starting with the official release of their famed Pumpkin Spice Latte—which, by the way, comes in bottles now, which you can pick up at the grocery store—but the true sign that Christmas is right around the corner is the smell of the Peppermint Mocha wafting through the air. It tastes like candy canes, and it’s one of the most recognizable Christmas flavors you can get in a cup of coffee.

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Starbucks is also introducing a new feature to their holiday cups (which the company has released every year since 1997): You can now color them in with your own design. Don’t love red and green? Try a rainbow pattern instead. Printed with hearts, presents, and Christmas trees, the cups are certainly holiday focused, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own spin on the classic design.

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“We love the idea of everyone making this year’s cup their own,” Leanne Fremar, executive creative director for Starbucks said in a statement.

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Of course, people have been decorating their cups for years, but now you have official permission from the company to illustrate over its design.

The sleeve that fits over the cup will read “Give Good” this year, which is a nod to Starbucks’ holiday campaign.

“Giving good can be as small as someone opening the door for you, or recognizing the people that enrich your life – your child’s teacher, a caregiver, a family friend,” Fremar explained. “The holidays are a time to celebrate all the good we give to each other and our community.”

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