A grande Toffee Nut Latte (TNL) from Starbucks will set you back £3.55 for which you will receive a sizable amount of coffee. The TNL has a velvety smooth consistency, and comes topped with a sprinkling of candied nut shavings and whipped cream. This is one of the richer holiday drinks on the menu, so it might be advisable to stick to the smaller sizes. If you are a fan of salty-sweet combinations, this is the perfect festive treat for a cold winter day.
When Starbucks announced their line of holiday drinks this year, there was public outcry over their choice to discontinue the Eggnog Latte (EL). Listening to their customers, Starbucks decided to bring it back after all. So is it worth the hype? It quite simply tastes like Christmas in a cup. Comprised of Christmas blend espresso mixed with steamed spiced eggnog and topped with a sprinkling of nutmeg, the EL is pretty much a standard Starbucks latte but with a strong eggnog flavour. The consistency is not as smooth as some of the other holiday drinks to choose from due to the spices and nutmeg, and is also quite heavy for a latte. If you are not a fan of eggnog, stay away from this drink – the flavouring is not mild. However if eggnog is a staple of your holiday season, then this drink is worth sampling.
Jacob’s Artisan Coffeehouse and Bakery’s Spiced hot chocolate (SHC) is controversial – hot chocolate is perfectly good the way it is! However if you’re in the imarket to try a SHC, Jacob’s is one of the few places near campus that is offering a homemade one this season. A regular size will cost you £2.80. The SHC is a regular hot chocolate with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and cardamom (it smells incredible!), and is not too decadent, a problem with most professional made hot chocolates.