Greet the Season With Starbucks Holiday-Themed Coffee Cups & Flavors, Back For 2023 Starting November 2nd

Move over Pumpkin Spice, starting Thursday, November 2nd, festive holiday designs are back on Starbucks coffee cups along with flavors of the season. The colorful graphics that adorn the four cup options feature swirls, stripes, checkered boxes and abstract ornamental baubles adding a festive accessory to your daily grind.

“The cup collection is clad in holiday red and Starbucks greens and a mood-boosting magenta, each one accented with sparkles for a bit of magic,” the company said in a statement.

This year’s holiday theme is “Share the Joy.”

“When we were looking at trends when designing this year’s holiday, we kept seeing bright, bold, uplifting colors,’” said Kristy Cameron, creative director at Starbucks. “We found that magenta alongside the holiday reds and greens lifts the traditional holiday colors and makes the red look even brighter.” 

Bridget Shilling, who designed the 2023 holiday cup collection, shares the story behind each one:

  • Party Plaid – The idea for this design began with a warm woolen winter plaid. “I was thinking about a classic plaid scarf, but I wanted it to feel a bit more modern,” Shilling said. “So, I played with an unexpected palette and added geometric sensibility for elevated flair.”
  • Peppermint Swirl – The iconic Starbucks Peppermint Mocha was the inspiration for this design, with swirling waves of color that seem to move. “This illusory cup design is inspired by sensorial movement and evokes the familiarity of tissue paper and the swirling shapes of peppermint candies,” she said. “I wanted it to feel inviting for customers to pick it up, spin it around and watch the design come to life.”
  • Ribbon Spool – This design features a cup wrapped with colorful ribbons. “I wanted it to feel joyful and a bit imperfect, similar to how you might store your ribbons for holiday wrapping,” she said.
  • Bauble Wrap – This cup is Shilling’s favorite, with festive ornament shapes to create a bold, mod print, wrapped around the cup at an angle as a play on gift wrap. “There’s a subtle tilt to the pattern that plays well with our tapered cup shape and brings to mind a uniquely wrapped gift,” she said.
  • Frosted Bauble – This year’s holiday cold cup features playful baubles and sparkles in a snowy white, perfect for sipping an icy Cold Brew (above) or the new Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai.

“The new bright and beautiful Starbucks holiday cups are filled with festive flavors to explore,” Starbucks said in a statement.

Holiday beverages include:

  • New Starbucks® Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai – The new Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai combines warm gingerbread notes, a cozy blend of chai spices, and creamy oatmilk to create a cold holiday beverage that is perfectly balanced by the comforting flavors of the season. Available iced and hot.
  • Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha – Starbucks festive all-star brightens the holidays; the Peppermint Mocha features Starbucks signature Espresso Roast combined with steamed milk, mocha sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup, which is then topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. Available hot, iced and as a Frappuccino® blended beverage. 
  • Starbucks® Caramel Brulée Latte – The Caramel Brulée Latte features Starbucks signature Espresso Roast, steamed milk and rich caramel brulée sauce, topped with whipped cream and a supreme topping of even more caramel brulée bits. Available hot, iced and as a Frappuccino® blended beverage.
  • Starbucks® Chestnut Praline Latte – The Chestnut Praline Latte starts with signature Espresso Roast and velvety steamed milk, along with flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices, topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs. Available hot, iced and as a Frappuccino® blended beverage.
  • Starbucks® Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte – Back for its third holiday season is the Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte, featuring sugar cookie flavored syrup, combined with Starbucks Blonde Espresso, ice, and almondmilk, topped with red and green sprinkles. Available hot, iced and as a Frappuccino® blended beverage. 
  • New Oleato™ Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte – At Starbucks stores where Oleato is served, customers can enjoy the new Oleato Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte, which features Starbucks® Blonde Espresso combined with warm notes of gingerbread and steamed oatmilk, infused with Partanna® extra virgin olive oil and finished with a subtle dusting of bright ginger and citrus flavors.

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