‘Tis the season for Starbucks holiday drinks! This is my favorite time of the year, partly due to the fact that all the fun holiday drinks and snacks are back at my favorite eateries. Starbucks brings me delicious and festive drinks time and time again, making it worth the extra money. I have had my fill of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and now it’s time for the Gingerbread Latte!
The Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks is made with ground espresso and whipped cream and seasoned with the flavor of freshly baked Gingerbread cookies and nutmeg. Drinking it makes you feel in the holiday spirit, all warm and fuzzy inside.
Let’s talk calorie and fat content first, and get it out of the way. First off you probably know you can always make it less fattening by choosing non-fat milk and skipping the whipped cream. You will be knocking off about 100 calories by doing this.
For a Grande (16 oz) Gingerbread Latte with regular milk and whipped cream you will be packing 320 calories and 13g of fat. With 39g of Carbohydrates and 12g of Protein. If dieting is your mission this holiday season, this is probably not your best choice. It has more calories than a healthy breakfast, so for a 16 oz. coffee it may not be worth it to you.
Now that the bad part is out of the way, let’s discuss the taste! From your first sip you definitely get that good Starbucks coffee taste that you recognize with all of their lattes. It’s just better tasting coffee in itself. The nutmeg hits your taste buds first, then you start to taste the gingerbread part of it. Honestly it isn’t a strong gingerbread taste. This drink has a very mild flavor, with just a hint of gingerbread cookie and nutmeg. All in all, it tastes delicious but it isn’t so much of a jolt of taste as the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are.
Price VS Quality
When choosing Starbucks over a possibly less expensive coffee shop, you are choosing to pay a little more for better tasting coffee. The quality is better, the taste is better and the price is higher. No surprises there. The Grande Gingerbread Latte costs $4.45 so you really have to weigh your options. I see nothing wrong with trying it once to see if it’s worth it to you to pay the price for the taste.
For me, it’s worth it to get this drink a few times during the holiday season. One of the things that makes Starbucks holiday drinks so special is the rarity of them. For a couple months out of the year you get to enjoy Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread, Creme Brulee and Peppermint Mocha. Why not take the time to indulge a little bit? You worked all year and deserve this festive treat!