The Merionite staff rates Starbucks holiday specials

Which Starbucks holiday specials are worth trying, according to The Merionite staff?

Graphic by Calleigh Newbert ’26

Snowman Cookie: Mia Hail ’23, “2/10. It was bland, over baked, and was overall a huge let down.”
Peppermint Mocha: Julia Dubnof ’23, “5/10. Great twice a year, but after that they become too sweet.”
Plum Danish: Noah Barkan ’24, “1/10. This is not good in my opinion. It tasted like chemicals if I am being honest, and all of the plum and cheese came out so it was just a piece of bread.”
Iced Sugar Almond Milk Latte: Jess Dubin ’23, “2/10. Too sweet. It was more like vanilla milk, not coffee.”
Caramel Brulée Latte: Noah Barkan ’24, “10/10. My go-to. It tastes exactly the same as the Chestnut Praline Latte, but that is more coffee while the Brulée is more like a frappuccino.”
Toasted White Mocha Frappuccino: Noah Barkan ’24, “ 7/10. If you are looking for an alternative for the Peppermint Mocha that is a little less of an undertaking, go for this drink.”
Iced Chestnut Praline: Noah Barkan ’24, “8/10. I really like this drink. It tastes a little less like cinnamon than the Dulce De Leche instead it tastes a little bit more seasonal.”
Cranberry Bliss Bar: Noah Barkan ’24, “10/10. If you are going to get something, get the Bliss Bar.”
Reindeer Cake Pop: Noah Barkan ’24, “6/10. Whimsical. Similar to the Owl Cake Pop but more fun.”
Irish Cream Cold Brew: Ava Cohen ’23, “2/10. Awful. Way too bitter, and left a bad taste in my mouth.”

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