For the first time in five years (!) Starbucks is out with a brand-new "holiday handcrafted beverage." Presenting: the Chestnut Praline Latte, a combination of chestnut praline syrup, lots of whipped cream and praline crumbles that, according to one beta tester, tastes like "Teddy Grahams in a cup." It debuts Nov. 12.
Despite the homage to treats roasting on an open fire, the new flavor in town isn't exactly intuitive. But it has prevailed where the Cherries Jubilee Mocha has not. And given the company's incredible success in redefining fall (and late summer) as "pumpkin spice season," we can be sure that they took the decision to do the same for winter very, very seriously.
We can also be reasonably assured that, soon enough, it will be impossible to associate winter with anything but chestnut praline. You can try to resist, argue that you don't even really like nuts, whatever. It's only a matter of time before chestnut praline candles, potato chips and cigarillos start hitting the shelves.