13 Caffeine-Free Holiday Drinks From Starbucks Your Kids Can Cozy Up With
Nothing says the holidays like going on a Starbucks run to get all the warm and festive drinks your heart desires (in those holiday cups, no less), but do your kids ever feel left out? Your Mini Me just wants to be like you, and with Starbucks's kid-friendly holiday drink options, they can!
Of course, instead of introducing them to a caffeine addiction before they're out of middle school, turning to a classic hot chocolate is a great way to make your little ones feel included. (Pro tip: when you order a hot chocolate in a kids' cup, the barista will steam the milk to the perfect temperature so it doesn't burn any sensitive mouths.) But that's not the only warm sip kids can enjoy from Starbucks this time of year. Starbucks always has plenty of tasty, caffeine-free drinks for kids, and during the holidays, the options get even more delicious. Whether your little ones like seasonal flavors like eggnog and peppermint or they prefer to stick to the basics like vanilla and apple juice, the coffee chain has beverages that will have them grinning with holiday cheer.
Also, if you're pregnant with your little one, these options are great alternatives when you're trying to cut back on caffeine. (See more low-caf Starbucks drinks for pregnant people here.)
Caramel Brulée Crème
If your kid has a sophisticated palette for crème brulée (or just delicious caramels), they'll love this sweet drink: a rich combination of steamed milk and caramel brulée sauce, finished with a dollop of whipped cream.
Cinnamon Dolce Crème
Put a cup of joy into your child's hands with this simple, aromatic mixture of steamed milk and cinnamon dolce syrup. It's perfect for the chilly holiday season, but the best part? It's available year-round.
You and the little one will love cozying up with this seasonal blend of luscious eggnog and steamed milk, made even more delicious with whipped cream and nutmeg. (Obviously, this eggnog is alcohol-free.)
Even the pickiest of drinkers will enjoy this sweet, frothy, and comforting vanilla treat. Plus, Starbucks serves it to sweet-toothed kids all year long.
Steamed Apple Juice
Want to give your child a warming treat with no trace of mysterious ingredients? Give them a comforting cup of steamed apple juice, made from 100 percent juice and available every day of the year.
Pumpkin Spice Crème
If you and your kid can't get enough pumpkin pie, you'll both love this creamy treat, made with milk and bursting with flavor from pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
White Hot Chocolate
This sweet beverage is made with a mix of white chocolate and steamed milk. For an even more decadent touch, add whipped cream.
Chestnut Praline Crème
For a festive moment (for an adventurous kid!), try this lush mix of caramelized chestnuts and spices swirled into steamed milk. The finishing touch? Whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Who doesn't love peppermint? This minty treat mixes peppermint syrup and mocha sauce with steamed milk for a festive twist on a classic hot chocolate. Topped with dark chocolate curls, you (and your kid) won't be able to stop sipping.
Caramel Apple Spice
Spice up a steamed apple juice with cinnamon syrup and caramel drizzle for this toasty holiday beverage.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
It doesn't get more classic than this blend of chocolate mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, and steamed milk. Top it with whipped cream and chocolate curls for a special touch.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
A perfect sweet and salty combo, this blend of toffeenut syrup and mocha is topped with whipped cream, caramel, and a hint of sea salt to balance it out.
Toasted White Hot Chocolate
For a truly special take on hot chocolate, let your kid try this rich blend of caramelized white chocolate and steamed milk. Yes, the depth of flavor is lovely — but the holiday sprinkles and white pearls really wow.