That time of year has been reached – you know. The time when all the red cups come out. More specifically the Starbucks Holiday Drink red cups. Those ruby harbingers of the seasonal drinks – the Gingerbread Latte, the Eggnog drinks, and most frightening of them all, the big final evil bosses if you will – the Peppermint Mocha and the White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha.

Normally, during the holiday season, husband and I don’t change our eating habits that much. We don’t attend many parties, so there’s no need to bake or avoid the pitfalls of buffet tables. We might eat a piece of Roca here or there, or some extra nuts. But in perfect honesty – it’s not a problem. However, when it comes to the Peppermint Mocha, pretty much the only time we’re guaranteed to drive by a Starbucks is if we already have a drink in our hands.

I’m not sure what it is about these drinks – whether it’s the peppermint syrup, the peppermint tinged whipped cream, the red sprinkles, or heaven forbid – the chocolate. Yes. We’re meadenesque and we have a problem. I don’t even like Starbucks mochas normally – I can’t handle the acidity of their coffee paired with the acidity of the Hershey’s syrup. But still I give-way (even now, they sound good).

So this year, we took things into our own hands. We went to the local Cash N’Carry and picked up an industrial sized container of Ghirardelli’s white chocolate syrup and peppermint coffee syrup. being a part of husband’s family means coffee practically runs in his veins, and between the two of us, we can make a carafe of coffee better than Starbucks and we figured this means we can save approximately $250-$300 in the upcoming seven or so weeks of the holiday season on coffee. Well, at least we hope to.

Unfortunately, we celebrated our good idea with a trip to Starbucks.


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