#Good Eats

At last, the most festive time of the year is finally here.  Yes, we can practically hear the sleigh bells ringing.  But the holiday season would be nothing without the beloved flavors that come along with it.

Nothing beats the sweet smell of peppermint, gingerbread, cinnamon, or apple spice that has become the true trademark of the holiday season.  Trudging through the snow whilst carrying a warm cup infused with these flavors is arguably one of the best parts of winter.

Luckily for us, living in Port means that there are endless options of coffee and tea Christmas flavors from which to choose.  Between Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, this essence of the holiday season seems to follow us everywhere.

Just walking into Starbucks brings that thrilling feeling to your bones, the feeling that Christmas has truly arrived.  From the red and green décor to Christmas music playing in the background to the zesty drink in your hand, the store is a Christmas paradise.

Each year, wintery joy is packed into the Starbucks holiday menu.  It offers holiday classics like the peppermint mocha and caramel brûlée lattes, as well as some new and exciting drinks like the praline and eggnog lattes.  Each unique taste offers you Christmas in a cup.

“The other day I tried the gingerbread latte and it was beyond amazing,” said senior Eliza Scheckner.  “I’m always so excited for Christmas because of the new exciting flavors that I get to try.”

Holding up its side of the competition, Dunkin Donuts got super creative this year as well.  Instead of going the typical peppermint route, it introduced drinks such as the Sugar Cookie and Snicker Doodle Cookie lattes.  After seeing the signs on the window for these incredibly innovative flavors, we ran a little too quickly through the doors to get a taste of what Dunkin had to offer.

As usual, Dunkin did not disappoint.  The Sugar Cookie Latte tasted exactly as it sounds.  Imagine biting into a warm buttery cookie with extra sprinkles, in the form of a drink.  Yes, this really is what the experience of tasting the new drink felt like.  As peculiar as the drink’s name may sound, we urge you to try it.

While the Snicker Doodle did not taste exactly as the cookie does, it still brought upon the warm flavorful taste of the winter.  This drink is exceptionally rich and delectable.  So make sure you come to Dunkin with your sweet tooth ready!

For the inner kid in all of us, we could not leave out winter’s most famous drink, hot chocolate.  In all honesty, there is not much that can put a smile on your face the same way that a creamy cup of melted chocolate can.  And with options such as added peppermint, salted caramel, or cinnamon, hot chocolate during the holidays is as exciting as ever.

So, take advantage of the flavors in store this season.  Try to spice up your typical coffee routine.  Do not be afraid to experiment with new Christmassy flavors! After all, springtime will be here before you know it, and these flavors will become a distant memory.