You know that Christmas is just around the corner when you hear Christmas Jingles in the background while shopping, or when a jingle suddenly plays on your favourite radio station while you do your homework. But you know that it’s really, really near when you see that Starbucks iconic Red Cups are back! In Starbucks, nothing signals the arrival of Christmas more than the return of the said iconic Red Cups, the Christmas Classics, and the Starbucks Philippines Christmas Tradition of giving out Starbucks Planners to customers who gets to collect the required number of stickers to redeem one!

The excitement started last Monday, November 3, with Starbucks inviting customers across the Philippines to celebrate the wonders and joys of the holidays with Starbucks exciting Christmas beverages, blends and goodies that is sure to make everyone’s Christmas just a little more “merry and bright.” In line with their mission to make each and everyone’s Christmas “extra” special”, Starbucks brings people special surprises that would sure bring warmth to everyone this holiday season.

1. Starbucks Christmas Beverages

It has become Starbucks’ tradition to make everyone’s Christmas extra special by introducing heavenly beverages annually. This year, making everyone’s Christmas just a little more “merry and bright” are new and returning Christmas beverages, beautifully crafted to delight customers with the flavors of the season! There are 3 Christmas beverages to choose from!

Inspired by the traditions of the season, the Christmas Cookie Latte, is a buttery creamy latte infused with shortbread cookie sauce, topped with whipped cream, shortbread cookie drizzle and butter cookie crumbles. The shortbread cookie sauce blended by Starbucks has a sweet buttery flavor and aroma that is sure to captivate anyone who tries it!

The Toffee Nut Latte is a Christmas Classic in Starbucks! Like last year, the Toffee Nut Latte would delight one with its rich, buttery flavor of toffee nuts, combined with Starbucks’ smooth espresso and velvety steamed milk. This Toffee Nut Latte is made even more special with NEW espresso caramel whipped cream and toffee sprinkles!

For a rich, bittersweet chocolate flavour that is combined with peppermint, sweet espresso and velvety steamed milk, one must definitely try Peppermint Mocha. Topped with whipped cream, mocha drizzle and peppermint-flavoured candy bits, it is sure to make you asking for it again the next time you visit your favourite Starbucks branch!

2. New food items and returning favorites to celebrate the flavors of the season.

Chocolate Crepe Cake and Toffee Nut Latte

To celebrate the wonders and joys of the coming season, Starbucks offers new food items and returning favourites to our menu! To make things merrier, why not indulge in Starbucks’ line up of menu that would compliment with your favourite handcrafted/Christmas beverage? Listed below are the new classics that would definitely suit your tastes!

The returning favorites include:

  • Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf – A moist and decadent chocolate loaf topped with chocolate and toffee ( ₱65 per slice/₱595 whole)
  • Peppermint brownie – A moist and chewy chocolate brownie with peppermint cheese filling topped with chocolate ganache (₱75)
  • Gingerbread Cookie – A snowman gingerbread cookie decorated with sugar icing.  (₱50)
  • Chicken Fajita Roll – A tortilla wrapper filled with mouth watering Mexican flavoured chicken breast fillet. ( ₱100)
  • Chocolate Crepe Cake – Seventeen layers of crepe filled with Belgian chocolate cream.   (₱ 120 per slice/  ₱ 1,100 whole )

New Food Items include:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed with Oreo – A chewy chocolate chip cookie stuffed with Oreo.    (₱ 65)
  • Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake – A smooth velvety chocolate cheesecake on chocolate cookie crust.    (₱ 150 per slice/₱ 1,650 whole)
  • Chocolate Torte Cake – Four layers of chocolate cake, mousse, meringue and marbled cake with dark chocolate ganache.   (₱ 110 per slice/  ₱ 950 whole)
  • Pot Roast Pie – A whole wheat flaky crust filled with pot roast.      (₱ 120)
  • Roasted Turkey and Chicken with Apple Cranberry Walnut on Sourdough Bread – A crusty sourdough bread with roasted turkey and chicken and apple cranberry walnut sauce.    (₱ 170)
  • Grilled Pork and Emmenthal Cheese with Chimichurri Sauce on Cheese Bread –  A crusty cheese bread filled with grilled pork, Emmenthal cheese and chimichurri sauce.     (₱ 170)
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap – A tortilla filled with chicken breast fillet and bacon drizzled Caesar dressing. (₱ 165 )
3. Starbucks Philippines Christmas Tradition Returns with the 12th edition of the Starbucks Planner.




This year, Starbucks once again surprises us with a very creative design for its annual limited edition planner that can be availed by collecting a total of eighteen (18) stickers – nine (9) stickers from availing Christmas beverages plus nine (9) stickers from availing core handcrafted beverages. The Limited Edition Starbucks Philippines 2015 Planner will be available in four water-resistant apron cloth covers with a name tag bookmark, a coffee pin bookmark, and a chalk pen with highlighter. Note that the aprons used are the aprons used for the Starbucks aprons. It comes in green, red, black and brown. (Personally, the green one stole my heart but the brown one is totally appealing too!) What’s special about this new design, if you may ask, is the name tag bookmark that comes with it. Sure the design’s much, much creative than last year, but the name tag bookmark makes this new design much more fun and personalized because one can write one’s name on it using the chalk pen with highlighter that’s included in the set. With that being said, it’s safe to say that this year’s Planner is a must have for Starbucks Fans out there!


Like usual, every Planner has coupons with Starbucks treats that can be shared with family, friends, and loved ones through the year – totally a great way to spread love and warmth to everyone!




Also, this year’s planner is the 12th edition of the Starbucks Planner! Cool, right? Who would’ve thought that the idea (which the company had back in 2003) of creating something that would accompany their customers when they begin their day with a fresh cup of coffee – with something to plan their day with, cherish their moments with – would become this huge of a thing? The Starbucks Philippines Planner Promo is probably one of the most awaited activities during this season! Who wouldn’t enjoy a cup of a Starbucks well-blended espresso for this season? People would just keep coming back because not only do they drink with delight every time they visit but they also garner stickers that would reward them with the coolest planner in town. So, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a promo card and start your day or spend your “me time” in Starbucks!



A customer can avail a Starbucks Christmas traditions planner promo card from November 3, 2014 to January 8, 2015.


4. Ignite the warmth with a thoughtful gift from Starbucks – Gift Ideas from Starbucks!




Starbucks’ mission is to delight and inspire customers to share the joy with family and friends to spread the special magic that would turn everyone’s Christmas “extra merry and bright.” Why not send your friends and family with special tumblers and mugs? Or better yet, surprise them with a bag of their favourite blends for them to enjoy with their family?



You can also send them warmth with a thoughtful Starbucks cards! This year, Starbucks launches its “Holiday Mini Card”, the first-ever Starbucks Mini Card in the Philippines (available at an initial consumable load of ₱500), and “Holiday Tree and Snowman Cards” (available at an initial consumable load of ₱300) as gifts to your special someones!



Promotion Period: November 3, 2014 to January 8, 2015.

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Donita Villabriga

A 20 year old Architecture student from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila…

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