This year, Starbucks is coming up with -- guess how many?
15 CHRISTMAS FOOD ITEMS
3 CHRISTMAS BEVERAGES
3 CHRISTMAS BLENDS
I asked Celine Clemente, Starbucks' person in charge of whipping up all the delicious food offerings - why 15? Celine said that they really wanted to give a wider array of food items spanning breads, wraps, cookies and dessert. Okay, I'm not complaining about that, hahaha...
So are you ready now for a mouth-watering trip? Here goes...
CHRISTMAS FOOD OFFERINGS (new)
|Pecan Butterscotch Twirl (Php 85)|
|Hazelnut Stollen Bread (PhP 65/slice, PhP 595 whole)|
Hazelnut Stollen Bread, as you can guess from the name, originates from Germany. It's a German festival bread popular during Christmas but not only in Germany but throughout Europe. It is a sweet yeast bread with toasted hazelnut paste balanced with raisins on the insides.
|S'mores (PhP 70)|
S'mores are made of a buttery graham crust. When you bite into it, taste the gooey melted marshmallow cream and dark chocolate topped with chocolate ganache.
|Triple Decker Cheesecake with Snickers|
(PhP 130/slice, PhP 1250/whole)
The word "triple decker" to describe a cheesecake is enough to make me say "I want!". The Triple Decker Cheesecake with Snickers is loaded with chunks of my favorite Snickers bar in a chocolate cookie crust topped with a chocolate fudge icing and roasted chopped peanuts.
|Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake|
(PhP 110/slice, PhP 950 whole)
The Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is served warm from the oven. It's your chocolate chip cookie baked into a cake then topped with thick chocolate mousse illed with mini chocolate chip cookies. When you take this in a Starbucks branch, they can put a dollop of whipped cream on top and drizzle it with their very own Starbucks caramel drizzle.
|Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roll (PhP 50)|
The Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roll is a crispy, crunchy outer crust with a slightly chewy and soft center. Sun-dried tomatoes and basil were added to this French roll as a flavorful twist. While Starbucks serves this with butter and jam, I prefer just putting butter on it because the jam overwhelms the bread's taste too much. But again, that's just me. Others prefer adding the sweet jam to it.
|Chicken Alfredo Turnover (PhP 90)|
A light, buttery and flaky crust is what you see with the Chicken Alfredo Turnover. It's filled inside with moist and juicy chicken breast cubes marinated in Italian seasoning then sauteed in Alfredo sauce. This is best served warm.
|Texas Chicken BBQ Wrap (PhP 140)|
Strips of fried chicken breast fillet, tossed in barbecue sauce with Texas-style salsa, grated cheese and sour cream wrapped in soft, chewy tortilla is what Texas Chicken BBQ Wrap is all about. This is best served warm.
|Glazed Ham with Apricot Spread on Multi-Grain Bread (PhP 140)|
This was my favorite of the non-dessert offerings - Glazed Ham with Apricot Spread on Multi-Grain Bread. Slices of glazed ham and creamy mozzarella cheese with tangy and sweet apricot dressing is inside a crisp, crunchy and soft center multi-grain bread. Serve it up warm too.
|Turkey & Chicken with Apple Stuffing on Whole Wheat Walnut Bread (PhP 140)|
The whole name describes already what Turkey & Chicken with Apple Stuffing on Whole Wheat Walnut Bread is all about. Turkey and chicken breast make for a healthy stuffing and apple stuffing with cranberry spread add to its flavors. I loved this one too.
RETURNING FOOD OFFERINGS
|Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf (PhP 55/slice, PhP 495 whole)|
Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf is a rich, moist and dense chocolate loaf frosted with chocolate icing and topped with crunchy toffee.
|White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie (PhP 55)|
The White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie is big, chunky, chewy and crunchy all rolled into one. It's got chunky, white chocolate, fresh roasted walnuts and chopped dried cranberries.
|Peppermint Brownie (PhP 75)|
Fudgy, chewy, chocolate brownie and creamy smooth peppermint cream cheese filling topped with chocolate ganache - that's Peppermint Brownie. To give it a Christmas-y look, it was finished with white, red and green chocolate drizzle.
|Gingerbread Cookie (PhP 55)|
The children will love the snowman Gingerbread Cookie! This is great as a gift. Ginger, allspice and cinnamon combo makes this cookie smell good even before you bite into it.
|Chocolate Molten Cake (PhP 120)|
Moist, chocolate sponge cake filled with dark chocolate and caramel truffle - that's the Chocolate Molten Cake. It's served warm, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with Starbucks caramel sauce.
|Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha|
This is the new beverage offering this Christmas - Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha. Starbucks' signature espresso is combined with freshly steamed milk and white chocolate then topped with whipped cream, a tart cranberry drizzle and crystallized cranberry sugar.
|Toffee Nut Latte|
Toffee Nut Latte seems to be a favorite among most of my friends. It has the rich, buttery taste of sweet toffee combined with toasted nuts, blended with smooth espresso and steamed milk. It's likewise topped with whipped cream and toffee-flavored sprinkles.
CHRISTMAS COFFEE BLENDS
|Christmas Blend (PhP 500)|
The Christmas Blend is a full-bodied coffee combining Latin American coffees with the mellow smoothness of Asia-Pacific coffees. Aged Sumatra beans give it its spicy notes.
|Christmas Blend Espresso Roast (PhP 500)|
This Christmas Blend Espresso Roast is made from Sumatra and aged Sumatra coffees combined with beans from the Bella Vista F. W. Estate in Tres Rios, Costa Rica. It's roasted in Starbucks' signature Espresso Roast to give it an intense flavor and spicy finish.
|VIA Ready-Brew Christmas Blend (PhP 495)|
Instant coffee in the Starbucks tradition is the VIA Ready-Brew Christmas Blend. No need to grind beans. This one comes straight out of the pack and into your coffee mug, ready to be mixed with hot water.
On November 3, head out to your favorite Starbucks branch. I already know which ones I'd like to try first.
Which ones are you trying out first?
Which ones are you trying out first?