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Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Starbucks secret

This morning, I had to pick up something from Kroger and decided to stop at Starbucks while I was there. To both my delight and dismay, I noticed that they're in full-on holiday mode, complete with festive red menu board, red cups and a Christmas tree drawn on the chalkboard listing the coffees of the day. I say dismay because I have a major weakness for Starbucks' peppermint mochas, and I couldn't resist getting my first one of the season today. As one barista filled my order, the other one asked me, "Have you been waiting a long time for the peppermint mochas to come back?"

"Yeah," I admitted, "they're kind of my downfall around the holidays."

"The funny thing is," she said, very nicely, "you can get them year-round. As long as as we have the syrup, we can make pretty much anything."

Oh, I thought to myself, immediately feeling like an idiot. Why hadn't this occurred to me before? I just laughed, made some lame comment about how I would just pretend that peppermint mochas weren't available the rest of the year, handed over my $3.40 and got the heck out of there. Honestly, I kind of feel like someone just told me that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is actually on TV every single day of the year. What do I have to look forward to now? Stupid Starbucks.

By the way, the Starbucks Gossip blog probably could have told me about that little secret and more, had I been checking it regularly. But I did just learn that today is the official launch date for Starbucks' holiday marketing blitz, according to this Chicago Sun-Times article. At least they waited until after Halloween.


at 10:59 AM Blogger Nicci King said...

So you're telling me I could have a hot caramel apple cider all year round? That is so wrong and fabulous, all at the same time. I do, however, feel like I lost some IQ points for not realizing that on my own!

at 6:59 PM Anonymous byron said...

I noticed the snow motif today, too. A Starbucks guy said they just decided to skip Thanksgiving altogether and plunge right into Christmas mode.

On the backs of their new little red shirts are various winter snowflake scenes. (MUI -- mindless, useless information)

at 11:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, i work for starbucks.....and don't feel bad about "not knowing"...... personally I agree with you that the so-called holiday drinks should ONLY be during the holidays. It sort of burns out that flame of desire, i guess. But enjoy!

at 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very funny post! I wonder how many other places this would hold true for holiday favorites.

Thanks for the referral. There's a lot of good stuff here....er, except the post about stuffing a turkey with White Castles. Yuck!

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