Thursday, October 9, 2008

Things I Love: Starbucks Peppermint Syrup

I've got somethin' for you today that you're gonna LOVE!

SO, it's only appropriate that today I participate in Jill's Things I Love Thursday. Jill is in my MOPS group, and I've just started reading her blog - The Diaper Diaries - and I'm so glad I discovered it. 'Cause Jill is hilarious and real and just generally rocks in all manner of bloggy ways.

Today, I'm telling you about one of my new favorite things! And, it comes from Starbucks.

You'd have never guessed that, right? Anyway, moving on.

One chilly night last fall, I asked my favorite Starbucks barista - who happens to know me by name since I practically live at his drive-thru window - if he would sell me a bottle of Peppermint syrup. You know, so I could play barista-girl at home. And, because I love Starbucks Peppermint drinks - especially the hot chocolate.

Well, he cued the Hallelujah Chorus, then told me that I could buy any of Starbucks syrups by the ginormous bottle for $6.95!

Did you get that?

A huge, one liter bottle for $7, y'all. And, you even get the pump!

So, for the last two weeks (courtesy of the Starbucks at Target), I've had a bottle of Starbucks Peppermint syrup sitting on my messy kitchen counter. And, I've been making my favorite hot chocolate recipe and adding two pumps of Peppermint syrup to it. I'm telling you, it's FABULOUS, people. If I hadn't made it myself, I'd think I was driving 'round town or walking through the mall sipping out of a Starbucks cup.

Oh, and here's a little secret: I used to think that I could only get my favorite Peppermint drinks at Starbucks during the holidays. But, Starbucks has Peppermint syrup year-round, so their famed Peppermint mochas/hot chocolate/lattes are available now - and all winter long.

And, because I am a sucker for giveaways, and can't possibly tell you about my new favorite thing without sharing it with you, I'm gonna send one of you a bottle of your own!

Leave a comment. I'll draw a winner tomorrow (Friday) night - 8pm-ish!

43 comments:

  1. Yay! What fun! My friend Jessica and I try to make our own Starbuck's drinks. I just emailed her about it a week or two ago. Our favorite one to make at home is coffee, eggnog creamer, whipped cream, and nutmeg sprinkled on top. I know one of her favorites is the peppermint. I'd love to surprise her with a peppermint coffee from home!

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  2. Thanks for the new blog to read... and I'm glad you found a home-cure for your addiction.

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  3. OMG, you know I am totally in because this happens to be my all-time favorite Starbucks drink. Of course, if I don't win, I probably go buy one myself. I know you told me about this last Christmas, but I forgot all about it. YAY!!!

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  4. Oooh, count me in. Brett is a peppermint fanatic (like you, he always gets a shot of it in his Starbucks drinks) and he would go crazy over that.

    MB

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  5. i think you gave all of us a gift in giving us this little (or big!) piece of information. but now you're giving one of us a free bottle. we love you shortstop! =)

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  6. Thanks for the tip! I wonder if they can ship it military USPS APO. Hmm......

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  7. Sounds fabulous!! I am a sucker for the pumpkin spice latte as well!

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  8. I TOTALLY LOVE the peppermint, too! And, yes, I did know that you can buy the syrup there! I do it on occasion for some of my friends! I never thought about adding it to hot chocolate though! Sometimes I don't like the caffeine! Great idea!

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  9. Oh Tom would be soooo happy. Count me in! San

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  10. Oh, such good news! I wouldn't have thought to ask about buying the syrup myself. :-)

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  11. oh, that does sound yummy! and such a good drink for the holidays w/ family over, etc. thanks for doing this! you rock! :)

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  12. OMG! Who knew they would sell their famous syrup?
    Unfortunately I read your post to late, I already had my cup of "Joe", and so there wasn’t a need for a Starbucks run. Boo hoo :-( But there's always tomorrow!! I can't wait to try your Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe! Hey - when I win your giveaway (positive thinking!) and I make your recipe, I can be a barista-girl too. When it's time for me to go back to work, Starbucks is the place for me!!!

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  13. Um, yes please! Oh how I love the sweet taste of peppermint mochas!!!! I can smell it now. My sister in law has been buying the vanilla syrup to add to her son's milk so it tastes like the Horizon's organic vanilla milk boxes. I had no idea one of those big bottles were only 7 bucks! Whohoo!!!

    Oh, when will you found out anything regarding your Wed. visit?

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  14. I love you and your grande peppermint white hot chocolate in a venti cup (or however that works for you...I forget the size names cause I'm super classy and say things like "the middle size"). HEY! I just got a text from you. I'm texting you back now. :)

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  15. A girl after my own heart - peppermint and chocolate!!

    Btw, I can get a 2 liter of pepsi for $.89! :-D

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  16. WOO-HOO! Totally in... I am a huge fan of peppermint... now that I've entered this fantastic give a way, you know I will have it on my mind all day and night so if I don't win, I'm gonna have to go and buy it myself... seriously... a whole bottle for less than the price of two drinks?!?!

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  17. I was just so happy after your last post because Dave and I headed out and got some apples and caramels. I couldn't find the new ones you talked about at Meijers. Where did you find them? We are excited to make our apples,just need some little ones around the add the sprinkles. Maybe we will in honor of your boys :) Apple dumplings are on the list as well.

    As for the peppermint syrup, how cool is that?! What a great treat as we head into the cooler weather. Yummy!!!!!

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  18. lol...you know how to round 'em up, don't ya ;) Of course, you got me reeled in...just was at Starbucks last night and got a caramel hot chocolate...so yummy! love ya!

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  19. When I started reading this post, I was SO hoping there was a giveaway at the end. Woo hoo!!! :o)

    I love all things peppermint.

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  20. What a great tip. Wouldn't that make a great gift with some coffee or hot chocolate mix?

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  21. I can't wait to try the hot chocolate recipe!

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  22. I want that!!! The ultimate comfort drink - Peppermint Hot Chocolate!!! We really do have the same taste buds.

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  23. Don't count me in cause I am not the biggest of peppermint fans, but I just wanted to say, thanks for playing :)

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  24. you are too funny!

    i am not a coffee fan, but i sure do like all things mint. so count me in my friend.

    actually you gave me a great idea for some Christmas gifts - a bottle of peppermint, a package of hot chocolate, a cute mug and there you have it.. or maybe a bottle of caramel, cider for one of my favorites hot caramel apple cider - YUM!

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  25. Oh my. That does sound great and like Kristen said, that would make a great Christmas gift. Two great ideas with one blog stop!

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  26. MAN!!!! I missed the deadline....I always miss these things...LOL
    Oh well....at least I had a minute to get on your blog....Never get minutes anymore (sigh)...I love your blog, girl!!! Makes me miss chatting with you on late nights on our couch...or around the card table....just hanging in "real life":-)...hot chocolate moments:-)

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  27. Guess where I'll be tonight after this hellatious (sp) work at week!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  28. I've never been to Starbucks but would love to try some syrup for my own hot chocolate!

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  29. Am I in under the wire?? Fabulous! You know how I am on the same Starbucks wavelength with you, right?

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  30. Still loving your blog...and "watching" your kiddos so similar in age to my three grow up...way TOO QUICKLY!!!

    Peppermint...hot chocolate... I love how you think! Count me in! :)

    By the way, I saw the Myers crew last weekend for my dad's wedding...too short a visit...and not enough time to catch up with everyone, but it was nice to be back on the Eastern shore again!

    Carrie K

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  31. Very cool!! Did not know that!!

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  32. Sorry I missed the contest! Peppermint drinks are my faves at Starbucks as well. Almost as good are the minty alcoholic hot chocolates I make at home. But since I'm preggers I guess I'm going to have to go hunt down my nearest Starbucks instead!

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  33. How SWEET (pun intended) of you! I just love your blog! Love the Black Cat cookies too.
    Have a great day.

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  34. Guess what I bought at Starbucks today. Thanks for the tip.
    :-D

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