Welcome! Log in or Register

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

  • image
17 Reviews

Brand: Starbucks

  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    17 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      05.05.2013 15:01
      1 Comment

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Lovely warming wintery coffee!!

      I must admit to be a flavoured latte fanatic so I'm always on the look out for new flavours to try. I think I had my first Starbucks gingerbread latte about 3 years ago and since then it has always been a firm winter favourite.

      I have my latte made with skinny milk which of course offsets the naughtiness of adding a flavoured syrup to it......... The gingerbread latte reminds me of Lyons ginger cake - it's not too sweet and I think it complements the bitterness of the coffee in the latte really well. If you are feeling particularly indulgent Starbucks also do packs of ginger biscuits - dip one of those into the latte and you're in gingerbread heaven!!

      I should add that I'm not a fan of stem ginger or crystallized ginger but the Starbucks gingerbread latte isn't as sharp as those so perfect for those who like gingerbread but not the really strong stuff!!

      It's just a shame that they don't do it all year round!!

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        25.04.2013 05:44

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        This a top choice for a cold day!

        This Starbucks latte is so good! I get this a a special treat for myself almost every cold day. The taste of this drink is marvelous. It is so frothy and sweet that it warms up my tummy and makes me feel like I am in my bed; warm and cuddly. The best pair with this drink is most likely the cheese cake brownie. It is moist and enhances the flavor and makes it even more scrumptious! Makes me drool thinking about it! This drink is cheap to buy and is so worth it for those cold days! Just take a sip and you'll feel like your in a merry world. I recommend that anyone should spend a few mere bucks for this rich and delicious drink! It will be all worth it once you taste it. Believe me you will be so happy you had tried this drink! Yum!

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        29.12.2012 23:51

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        A full-on indulgent treat which smells and tastes christmassy and creamy!

        The first gingerbread latte is one of my annual Christmas milestones. It smells and tastes like a creamy promise of christmas. Tnis review is from the perspective of me, a regular consumer, not a knowledgeable barista - I have no real idea of what's in it! It tastes of nutmeg very strongly, and also cinnamon. The coffee tastes less strong than in a norma latte, but the other seasonings work well with this. The whipped cream blends lusciously into the milky latte, and I think there is nutmeg on top of the cream which adds to the pleasing aroma.

        For anyone who thinks this is their kind of drink - go for it, you will love it!!! For those who prefer a more purist coffee, you will probably not enjoy it as it is a creamy, sweeter latte. I have tried it with an extra shot of espresso before which gives a stronger coffee and extra kick, but the sweetness and creaminess are still strong.

        Every January I am sad to see the gingerbread latte go :-( However, this makes it all the more special when it reappears. Vive la gingerbread latte, Starbucks!

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        03.11.2012 20:00
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        5 Comments

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Is it too early to say Merry Christmas?!

        I'm not really much of a coffee person, I'd prefer a cup of tea any day! I generally find coffee too bitter for my tastes, so when I do drink coffee I prefer flavoured ones. Without a doubt my favourite ever coffee is gingerbread latte and no other gingerbread latte I've tried has ever compared to the Starbucks version.

        The gingerbread latte is from the Starbucks Christmas range. They have just hit the shops and I headed out to have my first one of the year this afternoon!

        Typically when I buy these I sit in and they come in a white mug, however they tend to be served in red Christmas cups if you want to take them out. Today the guy behind the counter told us that as we were buying a large drink, you get more for your money if you buy it in a red take out cup, so he served our drinks in these, even though we sat in the shop to drink them.

        The gingerbread latte is made with a gingerbread flavoured syrup and topped with whipped cream. The whipped cream is sprinkled with nutmeg - despite having bought these for a good few years now, I only recently learned (from reading reviews!) that it's nutmeg on top. I always thought it was cocoa powder. Having looked properly today, I could tell from the colouring it was nutmeg, however I personally cannot taste nutmeg in this at all. Perhaps it just blends in so well with the gingerbread flavouring I don't really taste it.

        Onto the most important aspect of this coffee, which is of course the taste. As you would expect, ginger is the predominant flavour and this overrides most of the coffee taste. Don't get me wrong, you can still taste the coffee in it, but it's muted and this is perfect for me as someone who is not big on coffee to begin with. I find it spicy and warming, but it's never as sweet as I expect it to be. I always add one sachet of brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit, otherwise it can be slightly on the bitter side. Talking of bitter, I do find that you should stir this frequently, otherwise the last couple of sips when you get to the bottom can be quite bitter and lacking any gingerbread taste.

        The whipped cream on the top goes very well with the drink, I always stir it so it melts in, to avoid a white moustache! I must admit it tastes lovely if you have a sip before you've stirred it as the cool cream seems to go well with the hot, spicy coffee. The overall taste of the coffee is just Christmas in a cup really! It's the perfect winter drink on a cold day.

        Of course with the syrup, whipped cream and then the sugar I add in on top, this drink is not exactly the healthiest. Then again, you could always do what I do and convince yourself it's OK since its Christmas! I've just tried to check the calorie information on starbucks.com, but it's so confusing! It seems calories will vary depending on the type of milk used (how do you know? They never ask me when I order!) and obviously what size you get. It looks like it could be anything between 157 and 438! I think I'll just take the ignorance is bliss route with this one!

        For the large cup we paid around £3.99 which is not exactly cheap, but Starbucks often have offers, so you can sometimes get them cheaper. They were actually running buy one get one free on Christmas drinks today, but I'm not sure if that's a permanent deal or not.

        As I said, this is my favourite ever coffee and so of course I'm going to recommend it. The main downside is that you can only get it at Christmas. It does though beat every other gingerbread latte I've had, particularly the Frankie and Benny's version which was frankly disgusting! It's a full five stars from me, as in my opinion it's the perfect winter drink.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          30.10.2012 11:04
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          5 Comments

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          A Christmas coffee from Starbucks.

          I always know Christmas is close when Starbucks start to do their red cups and their speciality coffees. My favourite of their Christmas coffees has to be their Gingerbread Latte which just smell and taste like Christmas to me and I always make sure to pop in and get one to takeaway when I am in town.

          The Gingerbread Lattes are only available in the run up to Christmas at least I have never seen them at any other time of the year and they are the perfect accompaniment to a cold day shopping for Christmas presents.

          Like the rest of the lattes in Starbucks these come in small, medium or large (or tall, grande and venti as Starbucks calls them. You can get them to sit in or takeaway but I always think they taste best from the cardboard cups as opposed to the ceramic ones. No idea why but anytime I have had one to stay it has never tasted as nice as it does when I get it to takeaway.

          They are made like normal lattes except that they also have a shot of gingerbread syrup in them and then after the milk and coffee are poured in they get whipped cream squirted on the top and ground nutmeg sprinkled on top. As soon as the Barista calls for me to pick up my coffee I can immediately smell the nutmeg and the gingerbread and it really does have a warming sensation no matter how cold the day might be outside.

          The gingerbread syrup gives the lattes a slight spiciness which I think goes really well with the coffee but they are also extremely sweet so not for those people who don't like their coffees sweet. I personally have a massive sweet tooth so I always ask for extra syrup as well as an extra shot of coffee as I really enjoy the sweetness of the syrup alongside the bitterness of the coffee. Whipped cream obviously just makes everything taste nicer and the nutmeg is a really nice accompaniment to the gingerbread.

          I think these are probably a real love it or hate it coffee as most of my friends think that they are disgusting and especially as I always order more syrup but they are incredibly popular and I always see and hear people ordering them when I am in the shop.

          Obviously as they contain both syrup and whipped cream these aren't exactly healthy coffee drinks and they contain a huge amount of calories. This doesn't really bother me as I only have them as a treat but I do always ask for mine to be made with skimmed milk as I honestly cannot tell the difference between a full fat latte and a skimmed skinny latte. They are still horribly bad for you but it does make a small difference to the calories and fat having them skinny.

          I haven't had my gingerbread latte this year but as we are coming up to November and the weather is getting noticeable colder I shall be going in to Starbucks next time that I am up town and getting myself one to see if it will help put me in the Christmas spirit or not.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            28.10.2012 06:08
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            3 Comments

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            Very subjective but I just didn't like the taste at all.

            ==Overview==

            To get me in the festive mood, I totally buy into the Starbucks Christmas branding and advertising. I'm a sucker for it. I love their Christmas packaging and photographs of gorgeous coffees (despite not loving coffee all that much - I hasten to add that Starbucks is my favourite posh coffee compared to Costa or Nero). After a number of years of looking longingly at the delicious Christmas special flavours of coffee available from Starbucks such as Toffee Nut, Eggnog and Gingerbread Latte, I decided to treat myself to a Gingerbread Latte. The latte is made up in the same was a normal late with a shot of Gingerbread syrup in the bottom - the coffee is normal coffee rather than gingerbread flavoured coffee. The coffee is then topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg. The latte comes in three standard sizes of Starbucks: Tall (small), Grande (medium) and Venti (large). Each have more calories than it is worth knowing about but it is worth saying that if you are on a diet, don't even contemplate any of them! Equally, they are as expensive as normal Starbucks lattes so look at spending ~£3+ for the smallest size.

            ==My Opinion==

            Well for a starter, the latte came in a festive red cup which I loved from the start and felt really Christmassy holding as I perused the Christmas market. The smell of gingerbread coming from the cup was delicious and as I love gingerbread, I was sure to love the gingerbread latte. Except, I was wrong! After just a few sips it became apparent to me that smelling gingerbread and tasting gingerbread were different to drinking a gingerbread flavour. I'm a bit funny about things that don't taste quite right (such as fizzy water - just tastes wrong!) and this was no exception. I persevered with it for about a third of the cup and donated the rest to my dear old Dad who loved it! Obviously this was just a personal choice but after the big build up and the excitement of finally trying a gingerbread latte, I was left disappointed and decided I would have to stick to my usual Starbucks Mocha in future. It did taste very gingerbread-y so if you think you can stomach that in a drink or if you like ginger beer you'll probably love this although it did have a slightly fake chemically taste to it which I can only put down to being from the syrup. The coffee part of the drink tasted as good as usual with quite a smooth taste as it was going down (unlike Costa which seems to taste burnt to me).


            ==Overall==

            The coffee isn't cheap nor good value for money but Starbucks is all about treating yourself really, particularly with one of the special coffees. In my opinion, the gingerbread latte tasted not very nice after the initial third of the cup and I'm sorry to say I won't be buying another one. I'll just have to look enviously at people with red Starbucks cups in the coming season.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              26.10.2012 19:22
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              1 Comment

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Christmassy coffee!

              As mentioned in previous reviews, I am not the world's biggest coffee fan. Although similar to the Starbucks toffee nut latte that I recently reviewed, the Starbucks gingerbread latte is one coffee drink that I love, and it really get's me in the mood for Christmas.

              The Starbucks gingerbread latte is one of the Christmas range available at Starbucks in the run up to Christmas. If bought as a takeaway, it comes in one of their famous red paper cups.

              This drink is made in the same way as a normal latte but has gingerbread syrup added to it. The gingerbread tastes similar to gingerbread/gingerbread biscuits, it is lovely and spicy and sweet. The drink is topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with nutmeg.

              Similar to the toffee nut latte, the Starbucks gingerbread latte is quite sweet and in my opinion needs no added extra sugar or sweetener. Although comparing the two drinks, I would say the gingerbread flavour is the less sweet of the two.

              As with all Starbucks coffees this drink can be changed to suit your personal tastes, e.g. made with skimmed milk, with/without cream and with extra/less flavoured syrup in it. The drink is likely high in calories especially if there is added whipped cream on top, but as an occasional treat I don't worry too much about this.

              As with all of the Starbucks Christmas range this latte is priced at around 20-30p more expensive than a standard Starbucks latte and is available in 3 different sizes, both to takeaway or to sit in.

              I would definitely recommend this drink to anyone who likes gingerbread and likes coffee!

              Thanks for rating/reading and I hope you enjoyed my review.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
              • More +
                15.10.2012 14:42
                Very helpful
                (Rating)
                1 Comment

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                A great drink which heralds the arrival of the Christmas season!?

                Nothing marks the beginning of the Christmas season for me better then the release of the gingerbread latte at Starbucks. A seasonal release this is a definite winter warmer drink and one that I become semi addicted to every winter, only to lament it's loss in the spring!

                The gingerbread latte is essentially a latte with syrup, instead of the traditional choices of syrup such as vanilla, Starbucks use a gingerbread syrup, hence the gingerbread latte! The latte is sweet, so a sweet tooth is required for this drink, but it tastes amazing! As the name would suggest the drink tastes of gingerbread, so if you don't like gingerbread then maybe best to give is a miss. The latte generally comes with cream on top and then either cinnamon or nutmeg on top depending on what your preference is. I personally go for the soy version of the drink and so don't get cream, I tend to avoid sprinkling any spices additionally on top as otherwise the drink can taste a bit grainy.

                Once Starbucks hit the winter season I would highly recommend trying on of these drinks out, if you are served it in the red Christmas cups then it's official, Christmas has arrived!

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
                • More +
                  15.10.2012 09:58
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)
                  3 Comments

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  Starbucks gingerbread latte

                  I really really can't wait for the Christmas season to come, no I'm not worried about the presents or the parties, I'm excited to get my Starbucks gingerbread latte again. If you have never tried one of these amazing coffees I recommend a trip to Starbucks as soon as they bring out the festive red cups. Yes, I've mentioned in a previous review how I love it when Starbucks switch to their red Christmas cups as you know its that time of year again to start getting excited about festive drinks.

                  Starbucks is probably my favourite coffee house of the several that are on offer to coffee connoisseurs. It has amazingly strong, bold coffee but I also associate the coffee shop itself with fun times and great memories over the years that I have had with friends. One friend I have from home I really only get to see once a year when she comes home for CHristmas so we always have a tradition of meeting up at Starbucks and ordering one of these amazing drinks. It was her that turned me on to them many years ago and they have been a favourite ever since. 

                  The drink is described by Starbucks as, "The flavour and aroma of a freshly baked gingerbread cookie swirled with our smooth espresso and velvety steamed milk; topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg." They say that, "This heart-warming beverage would even melt Mr Jack Frost himself!"

                  I love gingerbread as a biscuit or cake too so to have it in a drink is absolutely wonderful. This coffee to me is very spicy and has a warm taste and fragrance to it. If blended properly it looks like a snow topped mountain with fun nutmeg sprinkles all over it. The cream on top has to be nice and fluffy and piled up high so it looks nice and appealing. I savour each sip, starting by firstly eating most of the whipped cream with a spoon and then stirring a little bit of into into the coffee below to mellow it out a bit and then I take my time and drink every last drop. 



                  Its not just a drink its an experience, go on experience it this Christmas time!

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    29.01.2012 12:28
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    Christmas in a cup

                    I can't wait for Christmas every year, and the gingerbread lattes at Starbucks, yum!
                    The arrival of the 'to go' red cups in Starbucks signals the start of the festive season at Starbucks and the Christmas flavoured drinks, my favourite of which is the gingerbread latte.

                    The Starbucks gingerbread latte has the flavour and aroma of a freshly baked gingerbread cookie. It is a smooth freshly ground espresso combined with velvety steamed milk and gingerbread flavoured syrup, topped with sweetened whipped cream and ground nutmeg.
                    Gingerbread is a typical flavour of Christmas across the world, and this latte has Christmas spirit written all over it. It is utterly delicious, it is Christmas in a cup!

                    As is typical for all Starbucks hand crafted drinks you can choose your size; tall - small, grande - medium, or venti - large. You can add extra shots of espesso, or even have it as a decaf version. You can choose your milk; regular, non fat or soy. And whether or not you want whipped cream on top. You can also choose more of less pumps of the flavoured syrup if you think that the drink is too sweet, or maybe not sweet enough.
                    The gingerbread latte comes as standard with regular milk and whipped cream. I must admit that I find it to be too filling and creamy like this, I always have a 'venti, skinny, no whip, gingerbread latte' (a large gingerbead latte, with non fat milk, and no whipped cream). I think that made this way it makes for a really enjoyable light and spicy latte. It still has all the warming spicy flavours of the gingerbread, but it is not too creamy and sickly.

                    At Christmas time Starbucks normally sell the gingerbread syrup so that you can make your own gingerbread lattes at home. My local Starbucks were selling the huge 1 litre bottles for just £5.99 each, I've bought one of these to make my own at home now that Starbucks have ran out till next Christmas.

                    A variation on the gingerbread latte that I sometimes like to get is a gingerbread frappuccino; just ask for a coffee frappuccino with gingerbread syrup, with or without whipped cream - your personal choice here, and again your choice of milk.

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    27.11.2010 22:34
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)
                    2 Comments

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    A delicious cup of Gingerbread flavoured coffee from Starbucks

                    Gingerbread Latte's from Starbucks must rank up there as a great wonder of the world. I am one of those rare types who can take or leave a Starbucks coffee, they actually serve much nicer coffee at several independent coffee shops I visit but sometimes the delicious aroma wafting from a Starbucks will lure me inside. Today though it wasn't the smell but the cute red cups I kept seeing people walking around with which drew me in, they made me feel festive for the first time this year so I decided to give them some money.

                    Inside there was a huge poster advertising their Christmas blend coffee and giving information about their three limited edition festive flavours, one of which was the Gingerbread Latte. It looked and sounded delicious so I took the plunge, buying a large one as I felt the need for caffeine after waking up to the shock of snow.

                    This is made from Espresso coffee and steamed milk, then a few squirts of gingerbread syrup were added before the coffee was topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with nutmeg. Mine was actually sprinkled with cinnamon but that was my fault for not reading the label on the sprinkler properly! This is a very smooth and flavoursome coffee, it definitely doesn't need sugar as the syrup makes the Gingerbread Latte a very sweet drink. The sweetness is apparent as soon as you start drinking, but I felt it got a bit overpowering towards the end of my coffee as the drink was cooling. Maybe that was my fault for being greedy and ordering a big one though!

                    The gingerbread flavour is delicious and I think it's even more special because the coffee smells so much of gingerbread. It gives the rich and creamy coffee a spicy flavour which works well with the sweetness, to me the coffee actually tastes of gingerbread (as in the cake) and that's a shocker as flavoured coffee very rarely tastes of what it should. This is a gorgeously festive tasting drink, only for those people with a cast iron stomach when it comes to sugar but if you can stand the sweetness you'll love it.

                    Next time they ask me if I want whipped cream on my Gingerbread Latte I'll say no, it did taste delicious but the drink didn't really benefit from the extra creaminess. The coffee had a very thin texture and felt like a flat drink, and taking the lid off I can say it even looks flat and thin! No wonder they give you Starbucks coffee in cups you can't see through and lids with tiny little drinking holes!

                    Still, a Gingerbread Latte tastes delicious and I recommend any coffee lover buys one to try before Crimbo.

                    Around £4 (large Latte).

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                    • More +
                      19.10.2010 18:39
                      Very helpful
                      (Rating)
                      4 Comments

                      Advantages

                      Disadvantages

                      lovely festive drink

                      You know its Christmas when Starbucks get their red cups out! I get all excited when they have signs up saying red cups are coming. This is because at Christmas as well as changing the colour of their takeaway cups, they also have a limited edition range of hot drinks that are only available at Christmas time, and they have some different items of food on offer as well, such as a Christmas Panini with turkey, stuffing and cranberry in which I totally love!

                      The red cup that it comes in is really festive, with snowflakes on, and I love walking around in the cold with a red Starbucks cup in hand, keeping me warm! However, it is also nice to drink your latte in rather than taking it away so that you can take some time over it and stay in the warm! When you eventually get it, as Starbucks seem to take their time making and giving you your drink, you are hit by the smell of warm gingerbread infused with spices, it is so nice. I normally get mine with cream on, although this adds a lot of calories I think that it is a nice addition to the drink. The actual drink is really nice, it has a lot of different flavours infused together that go really well, you can really tell that it is a gingerbread latte and it has certain spices in it that add to the flavour. Its probably for a certain taste - I don't like coffee but I like this for an alternative to hot chocolate. It costs around £2.20 for a small version I think, which seems to be the normal price in Starbucks.

                      Comments

                      Login or register to add comments
                      • More +
                        11.04.2010 15:38
                        1 Comment

                        Advantages

                        Disadvantages

                        The best flavoured coffee around

                        I love nothing more than walking down a street in the cold with a hot cup of coffee in my hands. Living in London means I can usually do this in any of the seasons but winter is the best!

                        Come late November, I keep a look out as I pass my local Starbucks, awaiting for those much coverted 'Red cups' because not only do they signify that Christmas is just around the corner, but they also mean that 3 of the best flavoured coffees are back for a limited time only.

                        Toffee nut, Cherry Mocha and Gingerbread Latte. I have tried them all but the latter is by far the best. I find the first too a bit too sickly whereas the Gingerbread is just right.

                        Very creamy, light and not at all bitter as many coffees are. There is not bad aftertaste or the need for a minty gum and what other flavour could wrap christmas up in one mouthful?!

                        I love the red cups and hate when they are gone again but if they were there all year round, well, there would be nothing special about them would there?

                        Top tip: Go for a grande, you'll finish the tall to quickly and be wishing you had more.

                        Comments

                        Login or register to add comments
                        • More +
                          09.12.2009 19:04
                          Very helpful
                          (Rating)
                          2 Comments

                          Advantages

                          Disadvantages

                          Definitely worth trying

                          Nothing gets me more in the Christmas mood than Starbucks Christmas coffees. For me, there is nothing better. I'm not a huge fan of coffee, but this seems to change every year around the beginning of December!

                          I'm quite aware that gingerbread lattes are available in most coffee shops throughout the year (a simple latte with a shot of gingerbread latte!), but it just seems so much more appropriate to indulge when it's Starbucks and when it's Christmas.

                          As with all other standard coffees from Starbucks, you can tailor the gingerbread latte to suit your needs. For example, you can request it with or without milk (whether it be soya or not), you can select the size, and you can have your coffee decaffeinated. (I feel cheated if I have this coffee decaffeinated, it just seems to taste so much better if it has caffeine, although I imagine this is just psychological!)

                          The gingerbread latte is much like the standard Starbucks latte: milky, light and delicious. The coffee is strong without being overpowering, and it has a really rich but at the same time delicate taste to it. Also, there's a great balance between milk froth and coffee - many cafes try to fool you by serving a latte as just a cup of milk froth, but Starbucks definitely don't cut this corner.

                          There is just enough gingerbread syrup in the coffee for it to be evident yet not overpowering. I think it'd be a real shame if the taste of the gingerbread distracted from the delicious coffee, hence I think Starbucks get it just right with how much syrup they add. I don't think you even need to be a lover of gingerbread to enjoy this coffee - I'm definitely not, but I adore this coffee.

                          Usually, with coffee, there is a horrible after taste which leaves me needing to clean my teeth! However, this coffee just leaves a light taste of gingerbread, which I don't mind as it leaves me feeling very Christmassy and festive. The smell of the coffee is divine too - as would be expected!

                          I'd definitely recommend this coffee, whether you're a lover of coffee or not, and whether you're a lover of gingerbread or not. It is tasty, invigorating and the perfect partner for a mince pie on a December afternoon.

                          Comments

                          Login or register to add comments
                          • More +
                            21.11.2009 01:30
                            Very helpful
                            (Rating)
                            4 Comments

                            Advantages

                            Disadvantages

                            Get into the holiday spirit and warm your tummy with this delicious latte.

                            You know it is that time of year again when Starbucks changes its white cups to red! There was a time when I used to get ridiculously excited about this as it meant one thing: The Gingerbread Latte was back!

                            Firstly I am a massive fan of coffee, secondly I love gingerbread!! Imagine my delight when several years ago I went into my local Starbucks, looked up at the options board and saw that they had this on offer!! Every year since I look forward to when Starbucks bring back this wonderful beverage! In fact one year my friend gave me a fantastic Christmas present of two bottles of gingerbread syrup! Of course it wasn't quite the same as I don't make Lattes at home, only instant coffee. But the gift was very much appreciated!! I also remember being extremely sad the first time I went into Starbucks to discover they had stopped doing them until the next holiday season!

                            2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the gingerbread latte. I haven't been drinking them that long and was quite surprised to find this out, but then Starbucks didn't really get on to my radar until around 2004. So what is all the fuss about? The first thing I always notice is the smell. It's a beautiful cinnamon and ginger smell, not at all over-powering. To me it smells like Christmas! The first sip plays with your tastebuds. There is the bitterness of the coffee, mingled with the smooth milk, followed by the sweetness of the syrup and the spicy warmth of the ginger and nutmeg, If you have had whipped cream then this adds to the sweetness as the latte filters through it before hitting your tongue. It's a strange but pleasant experience, not for everyone though. Keep drinking and the sensations continue, but obviously the more you drink the less distinct the different elements become. It's a fantastic, warming drink to enjoy that's just that little bit more special.

                            As always with Starbucks you can order your gingerbread latte to suit your requirements. Choose between three different sizes, with or without cream and then whether you want full fat milk, skimmed milk or soya. You could probably also ask for decaff or go the opposite way and get extra shots of espresso. What's great this year is that now Starbucks have completely switched to fair-trade coffee as part of their "shared planet" campaign, that's all they sell and so that's all you're going to drink! Further more if you are really ethically friendly, take in your own travel mug and they will put your drink in this, saving you 25p in the process AND saving a paper cup and plastic lid (every little helps ;) ). Prices for the gingerbread latte are pretty standard of the other drinks. You pay a little more for the syrup but not much more than a plain latte.


                            You don't get nutritional information on the cups at Starbucks, obviously because they use the same cups no matter what you are ordering. So you might be wondering just how many calories might be in a gingerbread latte. Well if you want to find out go to this website http://www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_beverage_detail.asp where you can tailor the beverage to exactly how you drink it to find out the calories. A Tall Latte with Full Fat milk and Cream comes to 280 calories where as a venti is 440 calories (shocking lol) But if like me, you don't get cream and have skimmed milk a Venti is 250 calories, still quite a lot for a drink but not too bad for an occasional treat!

                            Comments

                            Login or register to add comments
                          • Product Details

                            Beverages Type: Coffee / Brand: Starbucks