Gingerbreads and Winter hot tea with cranberry and spices. (Photo by: Anjelika Gretskaia/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Starbucks Latte That Combined Hot Cocoa And Gingerbread
When Starbucks debuted their Gingerbread Latte in 2000, it quickly became a winter favorite, so fans were devastated when it was discontinued in the U.S. in 2019. However, while customers in America have to order a custom drink to imitate this retired classic, a new version of the Gingerbread Latte is served in other parts of the world.
In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Starbucks serves the Chocolate Gingerbread Latte, with the same ingredients as the original — espresso, gingerbread syrup, steamed milk, whipped cream, and nutmeg — plus cocoa. Other international drinks include the Lava Choco Dark Mocha (China) and the Jolly Baked Apple Cold Brew (Asia Pacific).
Americans can still order a Gingerbread Latte-like drink off of Starbucks’ "secret menu” by ordering a Cinnamon Dolce Latte and adding white mocha syrup, chai tea concentrate, and nutmeg. While it's not identical to the original, perhaps the holiday classic will return to U.S. menus if its chocolatey variant becomes very popular.