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Monday, November 03, 2014

Starbucks Philippines Christmas 2014 - new food, beverages, cards and promos

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Its Christmas time in the city! and also its time for the launch of the new Christmas food items and beverages in Starbucks this month of November.  We got lucky that we tried and tasted the new food and drinks last week from a Starbucks bloggers event, they featured to us the new food but also they brought back the old favorite flavors that we taste only in Starbucks every Christmas season.

I love them all..but I have my own line up of faves, will share some tidbits via a post below



here are the new Starbucks Christmas beverages

The iconic Red Cup of Starbucks is back, this cup is present in every Christmas season and it serve together with a holiday theme drinks or the usual handcrafted beverages. Two old time favorites are back and one new beverage is featured.

I miss the taste of their Gingerbread Latte, but its okay, I started to love the Christmas Cookie Latte and its more tastier than the Gingerbread Latte. I admit that this new flavor is very addictive.

These new drinks are available from November 3, 2014 to January 8, 2015 only. 

Hot or Iced
Short – ₱ 150
Tall – ₱ 160
Grande – ₱ 175
Venti– ₱ 185

Blended
Tall – ₱ 170
Grande – ₱ 180
Venti– ₱ 190
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Christmas Cookie Latte

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. Starbucks unique shortbread cookie sauce has a sweet buttery flavor and aroma.

my comment: I super love this...its similar to gingerbread latte flavor with out the spice kick, there's a cookie crumbs at the end of this drink, its a freebie for a few munch of yummy cookies. After I tasted this in a tall size, my spirit want more of the dirnk and want to order again after finishing a hot latte version.

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Peppermint Mocha

Rich, bittersweet chocolate, combined with peppermint, sweet espresso and velvety steamed milk. Topped with whipped cream, mocha drizzle and peppermint-flavored candy bits.

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Toffee Nut Latte

The rich, buttery flavor of toffee with the warmth of toffee nuts, combined with our smooth espresso and velvety steamed milk. This Toffee Nut Latte is made even more special with NEW espresso caramel whipped cream and toffee sprinkles.

my comment: One of the crowd favorite every Christmas season,  if you want to try this, I suggest you request for an additional toffee sprinkles. Its an add on that will make it more tastier.


And here are the new food items in Starbucks

New food items and returning favorites celebrate the flavors of the season
Promotion Period: November 3, 2014 to January 8, 2015

Chocolate Toffe Nut Loaf

Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf

Moist and decadent chocolate loaf topped with chocolate and toffee.

₱ 65 (slice)
₱ 595 (whole)

my comment: Best to pair with a hot black coffee. I love eating this every breakfast. It makes my blood alive and kicking.


Chocolate Torte Cake

Chocolate Torte Cake

Four layers of chocolate cake, mousse, meringue and marbled cake with dark chocolate ganache.
Note: Available only in Baguio, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, CDO, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, Gen San, Tarlac, Subic, Dagupan and Bataan.

₱ 110 (slice)
₱ 950 (whole)

my comment: its heavenly!!!!! I guess I will taste this again this December when I go to Baguio.


Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

A smooth velvety chocolate cheesecake on chocolate cookie crust.

₱ 150 (slice)
₱ 1,650 (whole)

Gingerbread Cookie

Gingerbread Cookie

A snowman gingerbread cookie decorated with sugar icing

₱ 50

my comment: kids love this! hahaha gingerbread characters are cute foods perfect for a dunk in our hot coffee.

Grilled Pork and Emmenthal Cheese with Chimichurri Sauce on Cheese Bread

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

Peppermint Brownie

Peppermint Brownie

Moist and chewy chocolate brownie with peppermint cheese filling topped with chocolate ganache.

₱ 75

Pot Roast Pie

Pot Roast Pie

A whole wheat flaky crust filled with pot roast.

₱ 120

my comment:  When I tasted this, it reminds me of a siopao or that asado roll in Binondo.


Roasted Turkey and Chicken with Apple Cranberry Walnut on Sourdough Bread

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

my comment: Finally!!! The turkey is back..with a different twist. Thank you Starbucks!


Chicken Caesar Wrap

Chicken Caesar Wrap

A tortilla filled with chicken breast fillet and bacon drizzled Caesar dressing
Note: Not Available in Baguio, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, CDO, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, Gen San, Tarlac, Subic, Dagupan and Bataan.

₱ 165

Chicken Fajita Roll

Chicken Fajita

A tortilla wrapper filled with mouthwatering Mexican flavored chicken breast fillet.

₱ 100

my comment:  My forever favorite here in Starbucks. The spicy chilly flavor adds more hot kick to my taste after sipping a hot black coffee.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed with Oreo

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed with Oreo

A chewy chocolate chip cookie stuffed with Oreo.

₱ 65

Chocolate Crepe Cake

Chocolate Crepe Cake

Seventeen layers of crepe filled with Belgian chocolate cream.
Note: Not Available in Baguio, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, CDO, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, Gen San, Tarlac, Subic, Dagupan and Bataan.

₱ 120 (slice)
₱ 1,100 (whole)

my comment: My new loved cake here in Starbucks...that's 17 layers of yummy crepe...its not too sweet, its so soft and it melts in your mouth. I wish I can eat this unlimited.



New Starbucks Cards

Here's another set of themed cards from Starbucks. Earn and enjoy some rewards and also benefits in using their card as cashless payment item.

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HOLIDAY TREE AND SNOWMAN CARDS
Available at an initial consumable load of ₱ 300.

Starbucks Card (1)

HOLIDAY MINI CARD
The first-ever Starbucks Mini Card in the Philippines.
Available at an initial consumable load of ₱ 500.

My comment: Its small...cute and easy to store. But I dont suggest use this card as your keychain. The card will be non-usable if the bar RF ID at the back is damaged.


Starbucks Promo from October 2014 to December 2014

STARBUCKS CARD ACTIVATION PROMO
1. Promotion will run from November 3 to 5, 2014 in all Starbucks stores in the Philippines.
2. Customers who activate a new Starbucks Card within the promo period with at least ₱1,500 will receive an additional ₱300 load.
3. This promo applies to newly activated Starbucks Cards (any design including mini card) and not reloaded Starbucks Cards.
4. Customers cannot use a Starbucks Card or Gift Certificate to activate a Starbucks Card.
5. There is no limit to the number of Starbucks Cards a customer can activate.
6. The additional ₱300 load must be loaded on the same Starbucks Card activated.
7. If a customer would like to activate a Starbucks Card with ₱10,000, the customer should only shoulder the cost of ₱9,700 while the ₱300 balance will be complimentary.
8. This promo cannot be availed in conjunction with other promotions.


WEEKS OF GIFTING PROMO
1. From November 10 to December 7, 2014, select Christmas merchandise will be featured each week with different offers for customers. Week Offer

Nov. 10 to 16
Purchase any Stainless Steel Item and get a free tall handcrafted beverage

Nov. 17 to 23
Receive ₱100 off on Starbucks Bella Tumblers

Nov. 24 to 30
Purchase any breware and 250g whole bean coffee and receive a complimentary Christmas red bag

Dec. 1 to 7
Purchase a limited edition reversible tote bag and you can purchase up to two (2) pcs. of Christmas merchandise item at 20% off

2. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.
3. Offers are valid in all Starbucks stores in the Philippines.


STARBUCKS CARD GIFT PACK
1. Promotion will run from December 1 to 3, 2014 in all Starbucks stores in the Philippines.
2. A gift pack of six (6) Starbucks Cards each loaded with ₱300 can be purchased at a special price of ₱1,500 within the promo period.
3. The gift pack will include the following designs:
- Holiday Tree Card
- Snowman Card
- Philippine Eagle Card
- Cold Cups Card
- Coffee Cups Card (2 pcs.)

4. Starbucks Cards within a gift pack cannot be sold individually.
5. Starbucks Card within a gift pack cannot be interchanged with other designs.
6. Customers cannot use a Starbucks Card or Gift Certificate to purchase a gift pack.
7. The gift pack must be purchased first then reloaded in a separate transaction if a customer would like to load a higher amount on each Starbucks Card.
8. This promotion cannot be availed with other promotions or discounts.


CHOCOLATE TOFFEE NUT LOAF PROMO

1. Promotion will run from December 17 to 23, 2014 in all Starbucks stores in the Philippines.
2. Customers will enjoy a 20% discount on a whole Chocolate Toffee Nut loaf when purchased with a Starbucks Card (any design) within the promo period.
3. Interested customers who do not have Starbucks Cards may activate a Starbucks Card anytime before or during the promo period to avail of the discount.
4. This promo cannot be availed in conjunction with other promotions or discounts.



** contents and info are from the press kit

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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