Thursday, November 29, 2012

McDonald's French Vanilla Latté and Peppermint Hot Chocolate Here for the Holidaze

By: Finance Foodie

With the holiday season in full swing, McDonald’s is celebrating with returning seasonal favorites and new McCafé beverages. The tasty line up of beverages includes the new French Vanilla Latte and the returning seasonal, Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Of course, being McCafé fan numero uno, I had to try these babies out. And the results? Read on...

First up was the French Vanilla Latté, which is a blend of espresso, vanilla flavor and steamed milk. The advertisements have this served hot, but I never drink my coffee hot, so I got the iced version. Sadly, I suspect the addition of the word "French" in the Vanilla Latté is McD's attempt to be more luxe (ala illy) because the "French" Vanilla Latté tasted suspiciously the same as the old vanilla version that I already drink most everyday. Shame on McD for trying to pull a fast one on consumers, but luckily, the regular vanilla latté is quite tasty and gets me going in the morning - therefore, I'll forgive them this time. (Small Size with Whole Milk: 230 calories, Retail Price: ~$2.49)
French Vanilla Latté
Next up on the taste test is an old dog new tricks - the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, made with steamed milk, chocolate syrup and a hint of peppermint. McD's had this on their menu last holiday season, but I somehow missed sampling it, so I was very excited to try it this year (sitting by the fireplace singing Christmas carols, natch). Ok so the second part might not have actually happened - I grabbed this drink as I was running late (per usual) to class - but as far as taste goes, this drink could use some work. The peppermint flavor was a bit overwhelming and the hot choco tasted a bit like it was made from a Swiss Miss packet. The drink was definitely not bad, but for close to $3.00 per 12oz cup, I'd advise you to save your money and make a more wallet friendly version at home. The one bright side? It did warm me up during the painful winter walk I made until I found the next available cab to campus. (Small Size: 260 calories, Retail Price: ~$2.49)
Peppermint Hot Chocolate

****Giveaway****

Congrats Henry! 
McDonald's wants financefoodie.com's readers to get into the "holidaze" with 10 free McCafé Lattés and Hot Chocolates + meal!  One lucky reader will win a $20 Arch Card and ten (10) coupons good for a free McCafé drinks!

Grand Prize: $20 Arch Card
+ five (5) free Vanilla Latte coupons + five (5) free Peppermint Hot Chocolate coupons

There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite part of the holidays (mine is getting together with my family, whom I see only twice a year). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
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Contest ends Monday, December 3, 2012 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards!!

Full Disclosure: The coupons are being provided by McDonald's. Finance Foodie Media Productions purchased the Arch Card. I was not compensated for this post.

133 comments:

peg42 said...

My favorite is seeing how excited my kids get on Christmas morning.
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Happy Holidays :)

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Mysharona said...

I like seeing my family

Ann Fantom said...

My favorite part of Christmas is seeing my family members who live out out of state.

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Danielle said...

Seeing family and sharing time together!!

Ellen said...

I like seeing friends that I don't often get to see over the couse of the year.

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April said...

The holidays have been stressful and depressing for me since 2008 but I do really enjoy baking and for the holidays I have an excuse to bake whatever I want!
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sweepmom said...

My favorite part of the holidays is the giving spirit that is evident all around us.

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I love hosting Christmas dinner for the family.

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debbie said...

I like baking christmas cookies with my son.
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My favorite part of the holidays is watching my children open their presents.

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love the decorations

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Claire said...

Christmas lights and decorations!

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Kim Hardy said...

Being with the family is the best!!

Mary Casper said...

My favorite part of the holidays is seiing my family...they live 500 miles away
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Mama V said...

I absolutely love going Christmas shopping with my mom and sisters!

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Rebecca Graham said...

I like the music and the decorations.

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Soccer Mom said...

i love heading to florida to spend time with my family - we also turn it into a vacation

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ferriz said...

i want to say seeing my family... but it is the food. always the food. cookies. i love cookies.

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Kenny Fensom said...

having fun!

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henry said...

skiing!

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Deb said...

I'm a teacher, so I guess to be on vacation with my kids, and that is my favorite part of the holidays.

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tattwo said...

My favorite part of the holidays is enjoying time with family. Thanks

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Angela Cisco said...

My favorite part is usually Christmas shopping. angelacisco79@yahoo.com

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my favorite part of the holidays is the decorations jtwark@mail.com

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Deb Christie said...

My favorite part is baking and eating Christmas Cookies.

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Robin T said...

My favorite part of the holidays is decorating the Christmas Tree

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wwe11 said...

My favorite part of the holidays is visiting family.
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Kristy Thiel said...

I love showing my daughter the wonders of Christmas! Thanks for hosting!

Kim said...

My favorite part of Christmas is the decorations and the spirit of the season

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

seeing family
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crystalf said...

I just love everything about the season. I love the decorations, the getting to spend more time with family and just the spirit of the season. Thank you!
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crystalf said...

I just love everything about the season. I love the decorations, the getting to spend more time with family and just the spirit of the season. Thank you!
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crystalf said...

I just love everything about the season. I love the decorations, the getting to spend more time with family and just the spirit of the season. Thank you!
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susan1215 said...

Mine is seeing my family who I only see once a year

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Tanya White said...

My favorite part is seeing the joy in my children's faces on Christmas morning

Jusacuz said...

My favorite part is having my kids home from school & being able to sleep later.

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JACLYN said...

I love seeing my kids get excited about the holidays!
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ellie said...

My favorite part is experiencing my little grandson's excitement. Nothing like a young child being around to bring back the magic of Christmas.
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Diane52 said...

My fave is baking cookies with 3 generations of family members
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Jennafer211 said...

I like playing with my niece and nephew and their new toys! Thanks!!

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ThriftyAnnabella said...

Getting together at my Grandma's Christmas Eve
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Harriett said...

My favorite is being with my loved ones!

kyl neusch said...

seeing all of my family

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Breanne said...

Spending time with family

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Jennifer said...

I love decorating the house with my husband for the holidays.

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john hutchens said...

holiday lights

Derk Thomas said...

Being together as a family

Erica C. said...

I like finding great gifts for family and friends.
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Jenndiggy said...

I love all the Christmas specials. I have many on DVD and it's so fun to watch old favorites.

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bbrittbrat1398 said...

We love getting the family together and having a good time.

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Diane W said...

I enjoy getting the family together for a meal. It's so good to see everyone happy enjoying good food.

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Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway...favorite part of the holidays is visiting with family, friends, and neighbors !

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smilekisses said...

Christmas eve when the entire family is together.

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Nicole C. said...

My favorite part of the holidays is having all of my kids at home.

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carol lewis said...

having the kids and grandkids all get together for good times! the best!

Jeanette H. said...

I love how excited my kids get from opening their gifts. Love preparing for Christmas morning too (:

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miriama said...

Baking trays with my girls and passing them out to family and friends.

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Susan Smoaks said...

my favorite part of the holidays is time off work to spend with family
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Sherry Conrad said...

Mine is spending time with family & friends!

Jodi said...

I love spending time with my family and friends.

degood said...

My favorite thing is spending the day with family playing board games and eating christmas cookies and candy!

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pauline15 said...

Every christmas eve, my entire family gets together for a get together with our friends. With five brothers and sisters along with their families, it's a big event and the only time we are all together during the year. I always look forward to it!
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mail4rosey said...

I think decorating together as a family is my favorite part.

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~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

Getting all the fam-bam together once a year is worth the wait :) Memories that will be passed on! :)

tlcfromtn said...

Watching the grandkids open their presents

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Angela M said...

Seeing how excited my daughter is on Christmas.

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AEKZ2 said...

I love having some time off from work and spending it with my family

Atreau said...

I love spending time with family and friends and eating seasonal foods!

Charlene Kuser said...

My favorite part of the holidays is baking with my friends and family.

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getting together with family and close friends

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Dawn Reid said...

My favorite part is decorating the tree when my family is here.
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Amy Delong said...

seeing my kids being so happy and having so extra time with them
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Lynde Foy said...

I love Christmas Eve-our ceremonial Kit Kat hot chocolate, snacks, & opening 1 present!
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My favorite part of the holidays is decorating the tree with my family while listening to Christmas music.

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My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with family, and I really like the almost two weeks off of work too!

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