A New Addition to our Holiday Classics…

Hello MSI’ers!  My name is Josh and I work on the Espresso Team here at Starbucks HQ in Seattle.  I have the great privilege of announcing the return of the holiday Red Cups, sleeves and, of course, our signature Holiday Espresso Beverages to participating stores in the US on November 1st!  As a Seattle native and Starbucks aficionado it’s not holiday time at my house until the arrival of the Gingerbread Latte – a personal favorite of more than ten years.  But what I am really enthused to tell you about today is a new addition to our Holiday line-up.  

Our holiday beverages have been creating moments of connections for our customers since we first launched Eggnog Latte 25 years ago.  So, we take making any changes to this Holiday Beverage tradition very seriously.  That’s why it’s so exciting to be able to bring you a beverage you have been asking for on MSI:  On November 1, we invite you to try our brand NEW Skinny Peppermint Mocha!!! 

Skinny Peppermint Mocha is a lighter version of the Peppermint Mocha.  Made with espresso, nonfat milk, sugar-free Peppermint Syrup and Skinny Mocha sauce.  With only 100 calories in a Tall (12 fl. oz.) it’s a holiday treat you can feel good about.

And to show you just how excited we are about this new addition to the family, we are giving away FREE bottles of the new Sugar-Free Peppermint Syrup to 12 super fans that tell us why they are thrilled about the new Skinny Peppermint Mocha!  Leave your comment in the blog comments.  12 winners will be randomly selected on Monday, October 31.  For complete contest rules click here.

So share a comment and tell us why this idea launching is exciting to you!



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10/28/2011 9:25 AM

I'm excited because now liquid Christmas in a cup is even BETTER!

10/28/2011 9:25 AM

Fall/Winter drink season is kinda like Girl Scout cookie season or Easter candy season - Just gimme gimme gimme.

I love the peppermint in both mochas and in hot chocolates, so this new sugar-free option will make the holidays a bit easier on the waistline.

Thanks SBux!

10/28/2011 9:27 AM

I'm excited about the idea of this, both because of the SF peppermint and the SF Mocha sauce that I keep hearing about! As someone who's trying to watch calories, but isn't willing to give up their daily mocha fix, I love this idea - it will allow me to feel less guilty about falling off the bandwagon and not give up my mocha fix!!

I can't wait to try this out!

10/28/2011 9:28 AM

As a diabetic, I have been unable to enjoy much of Starbuck's offerings because of the sugar level. I would be SO excited to have a special drink that I can enjoy without worrying about my health!

10/28/2011 9:28 AM

Ooooh, I'm excited because the full-sugar syrups give me tummy aches and my options are limited!

10/28/2011 9:29 AM

This just MADE my Friday 10 times better!!!  Im Typically a skinny vanilly addict, splurging for a peppermint mocha here or there during the season, now I can have them guilt free!!!

10/28/2011 9:33 AM

I'm excited because: 100 Calories in a Tall? YES, PLEASE! Now just make a skinny white mocha sauce and I'll be doubly excited!

10/28/2011 9:45 AM

I'm excited because it's tough controlling my sugar intake, especially as someone who has diabetes in the family. Sugar-free is a great way to go!

10/28/2011 9:46 AM

SO EXCITED FOR THIS! Peppermint + 100 calories = earning my gold starbucks card by the end of the month. :D

10/28/2011 9:46 AM

This is fantastic! Now I can indulge in one of my absolute favorite holiday treats without feeling guilty.  Now that is what I call a Merry Christmas.

10/28/2011 9:47 AM

I'm excited for healthy options! Sugar-free allows you to not only enjoy your Christmas in a cup but not feel quilty about it! My diabetic father in law can finally try one!

10/28/2011 9:47 AM

Excited to use sugar-free peppermint syrup in hot chocolate! Pick me to win & I can let my 254 FB friends share in my excitement :)

My #1 Favorite is CHegnog.

10/28/2011 9:47 AM

I am so excited!  I have at least one peppermint mocha a day and start to feel the badness all over and was thinking of not doing it as much this year!  Now I don't have to worry!!! BRING ON THE SKINNY!!!  Love it!!!

10/28/2011 9:48 AM

I Love it because it is low calorie. Peppermint is so refreshing and it is a wonderful flavor to add to your mocha drink. I am so excited about this announcement.

10/28/2011 9:48 AM

I'm excited since I'll be able to make some great stuff with Starbucks blend at home!

Amanda KP
10/28/2011 9:48 AM

What a wonderful addition this will be! I am so excited because with the cold winters we have here in MN, I drink a few too many regular mochas to stay warm :) The skinny peppermint mocha will be awesome! I won't have to feel as guilty about the three a week I have!

10/28/2011 9:48 AM

I am THRILLED about sugar-free syrups... healthy options make it easier to swing by every day and grab a drink to warm me up for the drive home!!

10/28/2011 9:48 AM

Thrilled about the new Skinny Peppermint Mocha because peppermint is my absolute favorite flavor PERIOD! And now my grande peppermint mocha is a million times better for me! ;)

10/28/2011 9:49 AM

I'm excited because as a person who is 'pre-diabetic' and trying every which way to cut out sugar from her diet, it's nice to know I can indulge in a Starbucks specialty drink and not completely ruin all my past effort. I strongly believe in not denying yourself all the good stuff because it usually just makes you crave it even more. I was excited when the Carmel Macciachto went Skinny and now I can't wait to try the Peppermint Mocha. Thank you Starbucks for listening!

10/28/2011 9:49 AM

The peppermint mocha is what begins my Christmas season! This is fantastic news, I can't wait to try out a skinny version and love the other skinny drinks on the menu!! Thanks Starbucks, you rock!

10/28/2011 9:49 AM

Can't wait!  This is one of my favorite holiday treats and now I can indulge more frequently.

10/28/2011 9:49 AM

I am excited because I will be able to continue to have energy to study for med school boards-less insulin resistance risk! Love the taste of Starbucks coffee and espresso and am thrilled for this new holiday addition-your seasonal drinks are phenomenal!

10/28/2011 9:49 AM

Awesome idea! The more sugar-free/low-sugar drinks the better!

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

Awesomeness. Red cup season is my favorite time of year at Starbucks -- and I'm even more excited that now there will be less sugar in my red cup!

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

This would be fabulous to those of us that may have issues with sugar syrups. I'm hypoglycemic and I have to stay away from sugard syrups because they throw off my sugar. If there are more sugar free syrups available, I would have more drink options than just a regular brewed coffee or a cafe americano that I normally order.

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

Peppermint Mocha's are my favorite drinks during the winter season and now that there is sugar free peppermint syrup I can now drink a lot more peppermint mocha's and not have to be so self conscious about my weight. YEAH FOR SUGAR-FREE!!

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

I'm excited about the Skinny Peppermint Mocha as a way to enjoy one of my favorite parts of the holidays in a healthier way.

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

For me, sugar can give a real downer.  I love the Peppermint Mocha but I'm also snoozy afterwards.  The idea of a sugar-free Peppermint Mocha is an absolute triumph for the holiday season!

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

Love Starbucks committment to healthier lifestyles by introducing new "skinny" syrups! Now if we could get a "skinny" Eggnog Latte, I'd be in heaven!

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

I've been struggling with my weight my entire life, and just these past few months I have decided to completely turn my life around. I used to drink Starbucks daily! But now that I'm on a strict diet, I can only splurge once in a while. Now that there's a sugar-free option for my all-time FAVORITE drink, I won't have to worry as much and I can splurge a little more often ;)

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

Peppermint Mocha is my favorite drink YEAR ROUND!  And now there's a skinny version?  Gotta try it!! :)

10/28/2011 9:50 AM

I drink peppermint mochas (preferable of the iced venti variety!) like they are going out of style.  The prospect of sugar free syrup makes my caffeine addiction just a little less guilty!  Or maybe I'll end up drinking more of them.... time will tell.

10/28/2011 9:51 AM

Not that I don't absolutely LOVE my skinny cinnamon dole lattes, but I am so So stoked for new options! Yay!!

10/28/2011 9:51 AM

I love to be able to keep my girlish figure while indulging in one of my favorite flavors of the season. Skinny peppermint mocha latte, yes please :)

10/28/2011 9:51 AM

This just made my day!! One of my favorite things about the weather turning cold is a peppermint mocha to get me in the holiday spirit! I can't wait to try the sugar-free version and feel a little less guilty about my indulgence. Thanks!

10/28/2011 9:51 AM

It means I can have it more often and feeling less guilty about it!

10/28/2011 9:51 AM

I am very excited about this! I always look forward to the return of the Peppermint Mocha and now I can have more than usual and feel good about it :-) I can't wait to try the new skinny syrups!

10/28/2011 9:51 AM

Peppermint Mocha's are my favorite drinks during the winter season and now that there is sugar free peppermint syrup I can now drink a lot more peppermint mocha's and not have to be so self conscious about my weight. YEAH FOR SUGAR-FREE!!

10/28/2011 9:52 AM

This is what I've been waiting for for years - THE SKINNY PEPPERMINT MOCHA.

I...can't even express how thrilled I am right now. I may cry a little.

10/28/2011 9:52 AM

I'm so excited for this! Peppermint mocha is my absolute favorite sbux syrup!

10/28/2011 9:52 AM

Peppermint Mocha's are my favorite drinks during the winter season and now that there is sugar free peppermint syrup I can now drink a lot more peppermint mocha's and not have to be so self conscious about my weight. YEAH FOR SUGAR-FREE!!

10/28/2011 9:52 AM

I love to be able to keep my girlish figure while indulging in one of my favorite flavors of the season. Skinny peppermint mocha latte, yes please :)

10/28/2011 9:53 AM

I am so excited about the sugar-free syrups. I am working hard to lose weight so keeping away from sugars is working. Having a little peppermint in my coffee would be nice!!!

10/28/2011 9:53 AM

I love Peppermint Mocha's and now that there is a Skinny version with only 100 calories, I'm even happier!  I would love some sugar-free peppermint syrup to enjoy at home :)

10/28/2011 9:53 AM

I L-O-V-E Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha. And I can't wait to try the skinny version! I am positive it will be delicious, and wonderful, and Christmas-ee...and just all kinds of good for both my waistline AND my taste buds. Yum! I'll be waiting in line on November 1st, you better believe it. Tuesday cannot come soon enough! :)

10/28/2011 9:54 AM

i am not much for hot drinks..but this drink is a hit with me ...and now that it is lower in sugar and fat ..i have to have more lol

10/28/2011 9:54 AM

Now I don't have to be fat and sassy.  Just sassy.

10/28/2011 9:54 AM

Peppermint just goes with winter. It's really good for your tummy, too.

10/28/2011 9:55 AM

I am sooooooo excited because now I can enjoy my peppermint mocha EVERY day without feeling guilty :) :)

10/28/2011 9:55 AM

Now I can pair a "treat" drink with a scone and still keep the total meal at about 500 calories!

10/28/2011 9:55 AM

I'm super excited about the skinny peppermint mocha because that means I don't have to feel bad about having one every day!! It just makes holiday season that much better.

10/28/2011 9:56 AM

I'm so excited for Starbucks' skinny peppermint syrup! 'tis the season :)

10/28/2011 9:56 AM

I'm excited since peppermint is a sign of the holiday drinks that I love <3

10/28/2011 9:56 AM

There is nothing like the smell of a peppermint mocha on a cold day, and now that it is sugar free I will have to get more of them! SO EXCITED!!!

10/28/2011 9:56 AM

Another diabetic here also unable to enjoy much of Starbuck's signature drinks since there is a limited selection of SF syrup. I would love to see all the flavors offered as SF espcially Mocha, White Mocha & Pumpkin. I have a custom drink that is great but can't be done in SF because no SF Mocha. (Sugar-free Nutella Latte - half pumps Mocha & the other half Hazelnut). I will be having SF Pepprmint drinks for sure. Keep up the good work!

10/28/2011 9:57 AM

Love peppermint, happy to have another sugar-free syrup! thanks

10/28/2011 9:57 AM

Peppermint goes great with the white chocolate mocha. Ordering the white chocolate mocha as a skinny and putting in the fatty (but yummy) peppermint kinda defeats the purpose. Now I can have my peppermint and skinny too! It's a win-win for everyone!

10/28/2011 9:59 AM

I'm excited because I'm fat.

10/28/2011 10:00 AM

Ok Starbucks you making my mouth water just now thinking of how lovely this will be to my sences! Plus, my hubby will be able to have it now cos he's Diabetic, thanks guys! Can't wait to try it! <3

10/28/2011 10:01 AM

It's my favorite holiday drink, being sugar free means I can have that many more! :-) :-)

10/28/2011 10:03 AM

During the Holiday season, when the choice is either Starbucks or pies, cakes, cookies, chocolates, and all the other New Years Resolution instigators, I can't resist the red cup & sleeve.  But now that we have a Sugar Free option, it looks like I'll finally be enjoying my mocha with a delicious slice of my grandmother's homemade pie or one of those delectable Marshmallow Dream Bars that tempt me on a daily basis!

10/28/2011 10:04 AM

I drink peppermint lattes year-round, so the idea of having a slightly healthier option is great!

10/28/2011 10:04 AM

PM's are my all time fav. I drink them year round :) To have a "skinny" is icing on the cake!

10/28/2011 10:04 AM

Peppermint is my favorite!

10/28/2011 10:04 AM

Every season I look forward to those festive red cups - and the fact that I could possibly get my FAVORITE Starbucks drink with even with less calories and fat would be a Christmas miracle!

The holidays are already full of highly caloric decadence - so having a skinny peppermint mocha makes that extra piece of pie okay. ;)

10/28/2011 10:05 AM

I'm so excited to try it in hot chocolate for a little peppermint hot chocolate without as much guilt from too much sugar :)

10/28/2011 10:06 AM

We are thrilled about the SF Peppermint! Especially my wife, who is diabetic and limited to the SF versions. Bring it on, sounds delicious!

10/28/2011 10:06 AM

Peppermint is my favorite, can't wait!

10/28/2011 10:06 AM

Finally, after being a dedicated fan for years of sugar-free vanilla and hazelnut, I am unbelievably excited to have a new flavor to add to my repetoire!

10/28/2011 10:06 AM

I'm UBER excited because now i can have peppermint mocha's and not have to start pre-planning my new year's resolution around the calories!

10/28/2011 10:07 AM

Peppermint is one of my favorite holiday flavors. Thanks for making it a little bit healthier by offering a sugar free option. I'd love to win! :)

10/28/2011 10:07 AM

I gave Peppermint Mochas up because they were too many calories but this means that I can have them again! Now just bring back the sugar-free gingerbread syrup and my winter is complete!

10/28/2011 10:08 AM

I'm excited because now my wife can have peppermint mochas/hot chocolate and not feel guilty!

10/28/2011 10:08 AM

I have been working super hard to be healthier and lose weight (lost 25 lbs so far). Starbucks SF syrups have helped me SO much while working to reach my goal. I am still able to indulge in something that doesn't have a ton of calories but still tastes great.

I DO get a little jealous during the holidays because I usually have to avoid all those special holiday drinks. I am SO excited that I will be able to enjoy a holiday drink every now and then and not feel guilty about it. I will also be able to dress up my Americano with SF peppermint every day! Ah, the holidays this year are looking better and better.

10/28/2011 10:09 AM

I was just in Starbucks the other day wishing there was a sugar-free version of your delicious peppermint drinks ... Now my dreams have been answered! Can't wait to try it out :)

10/28/2011 10:11 AM

I'm excited because now it really CAN be Christmas every day, and I won't have to worry about the calories!! My favorite drink just got better!!

Shawn S
10/28/2011 10:11 AM

This means more chances to indulge in a holiday favorite before it disappears!

10/28/2011 10:12 AM

Who wouldn't sacrifice a small 100 calories for some minty, mocha magic in a cup? Too excited.

10/28/2011 10:13 AM

I am EXTREMELY excited about the Skinny Peppermint mocha for two reasons. The peppermint mocha has ALWAYS been my favorite at Starbucks. I always get excited to have it around holiday time. The second reason I'm so excited is because I recently had gastric bypass, so I thought I was simply going to have to go without my Peppermint Mocha this winter because of the sugars. Looks like I was wrong! And I couldn't be more excited! :)

10/28/2011 10:14 AM

I am so thrilled about the new Skinny Peppermint Mocha because a couple of Christmases ago at a Starbucks close to my house, I fell in love with Starbucks because of this drink. There at this Starbucks, barista Kelly asked me "what would I like to drink?" I told her "I dont know... I havent really gotten anything coffee from Starbucks" (around this time I was the age of 13). A couple minutes later she convinced me to get a Christmas in a cup mocha. Time passes by and she hands me this Peppermint Mocha, you could practically smell the thousands of Peppermint candies she broke up into this drink. I am excited about the Peppermint Mocha now being available in sugar-free because it is a healthy alternative to fall back in love with my first Starbucks drink.

Mark Green
10/28/2011 10:14 AM

The best way to spread holiday cheer is to...make everyone a Sugar-Free Peppermint Latte!

10/28/2011 10:14 AM

I am SO excited for the Peppermint Syrup going SF! Peppermint white mochas are a big part of my winter repertoire and now I can indulge guilt-free! I can't wait for other seasonal syrups to go SF. Maybe pumpkin soon as well? Love.

10/28/2011 10:16 AM

Oh my goodness.  Please please with a candy cane on top pick me! I am crazy excited about this. :)

10/28/2011 10:16 AM

Now I won't have to deny myself these wonderful seasonal beverages!  Thank youuuuu!

10/28/2011 10:16 AM

Always looking to cut out more sugar! What a great way with one of my favorite syrups; can't wait to try it:)

10/28/2011 10:17 AM

I am SOOO excited for the sugar-free peppermint syrup. I have an addiction to Starbucks and am a sucker for holiday lattes (unfortunately I can't have pumpkin since I am lactose intolerant and there is dairy in the pumpkin syrup). This syrup will take a little guilt of my guilty holiday pleasure!! Can't wait til this shows up in my Starbucks!!

10/28/2011 10:17 AM

Awesome Possum!  Can't wait for the SF Peppermint Syrup!  Would love for the freebie to add the festive spirit to my home during the holidays!

10/28/2011 10:18 AM

My favorite drink is the peppermint mocha. The arrival of the red holiday cups, holiday decor and peppermint mocha starts my own holiday decorating. Enjoying a peppermint mocha brings the spirit of Christmas and the holidays in a cup.  

10/28/2011 10:20 AM

Fantastic! Can't wait to try it out, you guys are the best. I bet the lite mint mocha frappacino will be awesome.

10/28/2011 10:21 AM

I am have to watch my sugar intake and always felt that I was left out of some of my old comfort holiday drinks. With the new sugar free peppermint I can enjoy my peppermint hot chocolate and mochas while still keeping my sugar under control. Thanks so much.  

10/28/2011 10:22 AM

Being a college student and a starbucks addict, this makes me feel less guilty about getting Starbucks before class in the morning so now I don't have to worry about freshman 15! The red cups remind me of home so every time I get a cup I'll think of how close Christmas is getting and the sooner I'll be with family and friends!

10/28/2011 10:23 AM

i'm excited because this means i can treat myself to holiday cheer without worrying about holiday chunk!

10/28/2011 10:24 AM

Yay, I am really excited to see Starbucks is expanding their sugar free options!

10/28/2011 10:26 AM

oh my... i have been addicted to the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha since 2002 when it first came.  I drink that all year long, no matter what season it is.  I actually recently gave up on the Peppermint Mocha b/c all the pumps of Mocha in my Venit and pumps of Peppermint made the drink high caloried.  So this would be great to have a SUGAR FREE!!! =D

10/28/2011 10:26 AM

You guys are always working to make our lives lives healthier.  Thanks!

10/28/2011 10:28 AM

A new holiday tradition that won't end up needing 8 reindeer to haul me around!

10/28/2011 10:31 AM

A traditional treat will now be a healthier option.

10/28/2011 10:33 AM

I'm so excited that Starbucks listens to their customers and takes action when we make a suggestion.  Keeping a variety of healthy items on your menu will keep this girl coming back time and time again. I appreciate that you don't lump those choosing healthier options into one generic category expecting us to be satisfied with only one flavor choice. Keep up the awesome flavors!

10/28/2011 10:33 AM

I'm so excited that Starbucks listens to their customers and takes action when we make a suggestion.  Keeping a variety of healthy items on your menu will keep this girl coming back time and time again. I appreciate that you don't lump those choosing healthier options into one generic category expecting us to be satisfied with only one flavor choice. Keep up the awesome flavors!

10/28/2011 10:33 AM

I can't even tell you how excited I am about this! I LOVE the peppermint-mocha combo...I can't wait for the time of year when I can enjoy it, but I also get so frustrated with the calories that come along with it! I also choose the sugar free syrups when getting a drink at Starbucks, however with only a few syrups it can get a bit redundant at times, so this is great news! A holiday gift in and of itself! :) Thanks Starbucks!

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