DI-Y Pay for Starbucks?

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Manhattan, New York
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Do you love Starbucks’ winter drinks but are tired of paying upwards of $5.00 for one cup of coffee? It really adds up, especially for someone who drinks at least two cups of coffee a day. So if you’re like me, and still want the taste of a cute winter cup of joe, keep reading to discover a more cost-effective way to get exactly that.

Holiday Beverages by Starbucks

  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

  • Caramel Brulee Latte

  • Chestnut Praline Latte

  • Peppermint Mocha

  • Eggnog Latte

  • Gingerbread Latte

Key Ingredients (taken from the Starbucks website)

Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

  • Milk

  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Bed Bath & Beyond)

  • Brewed Espresso

  • Whipped Cream

  • Holiday Sugar Sparkles With Crispy White Pearls Topping

Caramel Brulee Latte

  • Milk

  • Caramel Brulee Sauce (Bed Bath & Beyond)

  • Brewed Espresso

  • Whipped Cream

  • Caramel Brulee Topping

Chestnut Praline Latte

  • Milk

  • Brewed Espresso

  • Chestnut Praline Syrup (eBay)

  • Whipped Cream

  • Chestnut Praline Topping

Peppermint Mocha

  • Milk

  • Mocha Sauce

  • Brewed Espresso

  • Peppermint Syrup

  • Whipped Cream

  • Dark Chocolate Curls

Eggnog Latte

  • Eggnog

  • Milk

  • Brewed Espresso

  • Nutmeg

Gingerbread Latte

  • Milk

  • Brewed Espresso

  • Gingerbread Syrup

  • Whipped Cream

Notice something about a lot of these drinks? They have syrups that match their names and are always topped with syrup or sauce. Notice anything else? Oh, right: ESPRESSO! If you have an espresso machine in your dorm, you can recreate these drinks by purchasing the syrups in store - I wrote the places that sell them next to the names.

However, if you’ve got a Keurig coffee machine or even just a way of getting hot water to make instant coffee, sit tight. I’m about to introduce some hacks to getting these drinks on a budget.

Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Alternatives

  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Keurig K-Cup Pods by Starbucks

  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha VIA Instant Packs

  • International Delight White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Creamer

Caramel Brulee Latte Alternatives

  • Caramel Brulee Latte Keurig K-Cup Pods by Starbucks

  • Coffee-Mate Caramel Brulee Coffee Creamer

Chestnut Praline Latte Alternatives

So there aren’t any alternatives to this latte, however, you could aim for a hazelnut coffee for a similar taste:

  • Hazelnut Keurig K-Cup Pods by Starbucks

  • Coffee-Mate Hazelnut Coffee Creamer

  • International Delight Hazelnut Coffee Creamer

Peppermint Mocha Alternatives

  • Peppermint Mocha Keurig K-Cup Pods by Starbucks

  • Peppermint Mocha VIA Instant Packs

  • Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

  • Coffee-Mate Sugar-Free Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

  • International Delight Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

If you want to DIY a Peppermint Mocha, you shouldn't have a difficult time doing so with the abundance of products available.

Eggnog Latte Alternatives

  • Coffee-Mate Eggnog Coffee Creamer

Gingerbread Latte Alternatives

  • Toasted Graham Keurig K-Cup Pods by Starbucks

  • Coffee-Mate Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

I hope these DIY ideas are able to help you achieve your winter festiveness while still keeping your budget under control. Good luck with finals, and Merry Christmas!

More information about Starbucks Keurig K-Cup Pods

More information about Starbucks VIA Instant

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