Chestnut lattes roasting on an open fire

By Adrian Danganan

The only way I know the holidays are here is when my local Starbucks brings out the seasonal decorations.

The menu boards, aprons and cups change from a dull black to a bright red. A holiday playlist blares throughout the store. The chain’s overpriced holiday merchandise displays neatly by the counter. Can you feel the holiday cheer yet?

To top it all off, the mermaid-sporting coffee chain makes their annual selection of holiday handcrafted beverages available. A few of their seasonal drinks include the Caramel Brulee Latte, the Gingerbread Latte and the crowd favorite Peppermint Mocha.

This year, Starbucks has decided to grace their coffee-drinking fan base with their newest holiday beverage in five years: the Chestnut Praline Latte (or CPL, if you want to make this trendy.)

According to a press release by Starbucks, the European-influenced Chestnut Praline Latte is a mix of espresso and “flavors of caramelized chestnuts, with freshly steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.” The description alone sounds like the drink is meant to be sipped with Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” playing in the background.

The announcement found its way through various media outlets, long before the drink was even sold. To put it in perspective, it wasn’t as popular as the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte in August, but it’s a close second.

The Chestnut Praline Latte was finally available in stores on Wednesday.

The natural foodie in me just couldn’t resist. I picked up the anticipated drink in a grande size on Wednesday morning.

The verdict? Well, it’s nutty.

In my opinion, the drink is a nice (and intensely sweet) addition to the chain’s holiday offerings. Their holiday selection has long been lacking something rather nutty and earthy, and the Chestnut Praline Latte is a perfect fit for that position.

But, what’s the difference between ordering a Hazelnut or Toffee Nut Latte?

For the nutrition content, a whole lot apparently.

Breaking it down, the Starbucks website lists a grande-sized Chestnut Praline Latte at a whopping 330 calories and 39 grams of sugar.

Would I order the drink again? Probably. It’s nice to indulge a little, especially during the holiday season. I mean, who diets during the holiday season anyways?

But with this drink, it’s best to indulge with caution.


Michael Torres / The Poly Post


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