The Iconic Starbucks Holiday Cups Return

When is it socially acceptable to start celebrating Christmas? Some people start celebrating on November 1. Others start celebrating after Thanksgiving. For a lot of people, the return of Starbucks red cups marks the official start of the holidays. Starbucks released its long-awaited red holiday cups this Thursday, November 7. To celebrate their return, they gave out free reusable red cups on Thursday with the purchase of any holiday beverage. 

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This year, Starbucks came out with a series of four different designs for their holiday cups, each specifically designed to feel like a present. Jen Quotson, vice president of Starbucks Creative, said in an interview with Heidi Peiper that this year’s holiday design was created to evoke mini moments of joy for customers and partners. It’s fun, festive, and uniquely Starbucks. 

“We came up with this idea of wrapping the stores in holiday joy and wrapping the cups like a gift to our partners and customers,” Quotson said. “We wanted coming to Starbucks to be like uncovering a present.”

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Apart from the four cup designs for hot beverages, Starbucks also stamped on their festive Merry Coffee message onto the cups for iced drinks. Along with the red cups, their iconic holiday drinks were also released. Apart from the classic Peppermint Mocha, the other holiday drinks include the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, and Eggnog Latte. 

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Even though it’s essentially just a holiday drink in a festive cup, the return of Starbucks holiday cups marks the official start of the holiday season to me. There’s just something about taking in the festive holiday spirit while getting your daily dose of caffeine that really brightens up your day. Happy Holidays and Merry Coffee!


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