Christmas is coming so restaurants have new items for you to try

by Kenneth Rosa | staff writer

Restaurants in San Antonio are preparing for the holiday season by adding feature items to their menus for Christmas. Restaurants such as IHOP, Denny’s, Starbucks, Shipley’s along with several other locations have added delicious items to their menus for everyone to enjoy.

In Starbucks, the coffee company has added several holiday featured drinks and food to their menus. To name a few they’ve added drinks such as Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Frappuccino, Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino, along with several others. From the options they had available, I decided to go with the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha which is a toasty combo of bountiful festive taste: their signature espresso, steamed milk and flavors of caramelized white chocolate, finished with whipped cream, holiday sugar sparkles and crispy white pearls. 

At first glance it was simple and looked like a cute and delicious holiday beverage. When I took my first sip I was met with the taste of caffeine along with a flood of the flavors of peppermint and white chocolate. The white chocolate gave the coffee a creamy flavor and the peppermint gave it a minty finish. Before I knew it I was done with the coffee in less than five minutes and I absolutely loved it. 

Shipley’s Christmas themed plain donut with green frosting and red and white sprinkles.

Along with Starbucks, Shipley’s is offering Christmas themed donuts for customers to try. Personally I tried the plain Christmas decorated donut which was simply a green frosting, topped with red and white sprinkles. It was simple but it was delicious, however the Shipley’s near my location ran out of the rest of their holiday menu items which I was unable to try. That left me to conclude that such items were popular which I recommend you try.

IHOP each holiday season introduces amazing items to their menus and this year they have returned to bring customers new Christmas themed meals to their menu. This year IHOP introduced Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, “Milk ‘n’ Cookies”, Cinn-a-Stack, Pumpkin Cinn-a-Stack, and so much more. The one item that caught my eye was their “Milk ‘n’ Cookies” which consists of fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with OREO® Cookie pieces and topped with sweet milk mousse, vanilla sauce drizzle, more cookie pieces, a flurry of powdered sugar and festive sprinkles.

For people with a sweet tooth this meal is a miracle from heaven, the meal itself looks delicious and tastes even better in person the pancakes themselves are delicious however when placed with Oreo cookie pieces gives the pancakes an explosion of flavor. The milk mousse adds a creamy flavor to the already thick and fluffy pancakes. 

The “Milk ‘n’ Cookies” is a meal that contains an explosion of sugary flavor. If you find that to be too sweet for your taste they also offer the “Milk ‘n’ Cookies” as a hot chocolate which is perfect if you want to have a warm drink with the same delicious flavor as the “Milk ‘n’ Cookies” pancakes. Expect this holiday season to end 2020 on a sweet note for the whole family to enjoy.



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