We all need something to cheer us up in 2020 and as usual Costa Coffee can be relied on to brighten our day with their Christmas menu.  The only downside is trying to decide which one to try first.


So what do we have to look forward from the Costa Coffee Christmas drinks menu this year?

Somehow catching the UK zeitgeist in a way no other coffee shop can, Costa have combined the treats we associate with special occasions with their delicious coffee to create a menu guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

You will notice that the drinks come with ‘light dairy swirl’ and you may be wondering exactly what this is.  It’s Costa’s attempt to make us healthier.  It’s made from semi-skimmed milk and looks and tastes pretty much like cream but is 100Kcal less per serving.

The Quality Street®- The Purple One Latte with Light Dairy Swirl

First of all Costa have gone for Quality Street, and not just any Quality Street.  The Purple One!  The most iconic and popular Quality Street in the tin, the one families fight over, the one they actually sell in packets just by itself, has been turned by Costa into a drink.  That classic combination of chocolate, caramel and hazelnut is now a drink.

costa coffee quality street drink

Costa have combined their familiar latte with rich caramel chocolate sauce and roasted hazelnut syrup, topped it with a light creamy dairy swirl and more chocolate sauce and a Purple Quality Street on the side just for you.

Price FromCalories In-StoreCalories Takeout
(medium, semi skimmed milk)
Quality Street - The Purple One Latte with Light Dairy Swirl£3.10291300

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate with Light Dairy Swirl

Chocolate and orange go together like strawberries and cream and Morecambe and Wise.  The ultimate combination is of course Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Costa have turned it into a drink.  Hot chocolate is mixed with orange syrup and topped with a dairy swirl and a sprinkle of glitter.  Because they love us, Costa give us a segment of Terry’s Chocolate Orange too.  I recommend dipping it in your hot chocolate and sucking it – messy but really good!

costa coffee terrys chocolate orange drink

Price FromCalories In-StoreCalories Takeout
(medium, semi skimmed milk)
Terry's Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate with Light Dairy Swirl£3.10309335

After Eight® Hot Chocolate with Light Dairy Swirl

Oh yes, the ultimate party chocolate has also been turned into a drink by Costa.  They have added a mint syrup to their hot chocolate to recreate that After Eight taste. Every hot chocolate can be improved by a bit a cream so Costa have topped it with a dairy swirl and a dusting a chocolate and, of course, an After Eight on the side.  In case you are wondering, I have tried dunking my After Eight in the hot chocolate but because it is thin it doesn’t really work.

costa coffee after eight drink

Price FromCalories In-StoreCalories Takeout
(medium, semi skimmed milk)
Terry's Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate with Light Dairy Swirl£3.10309335

Returning favourites from previous years.

Irish Velvet and Cream

They claim it is as rich and indulgent as an Irish coffee but without the alcohol. Featuring ‘hints of caramel and heavenly vanilla’, Costa claim it’s ‘quite literally the taste of Christmas in a cup’.  Some people think it tastes a lot like Baileys.

Irish velvet Gingerbread Latte in Xmas 2019

Costa Coffee’s Irish velvet and gingerbread latte is going down a treat this winter!

For me, although it was definitely creamy, the attempt to introduce the ‘Irish’ flavour gave it a synthetic, chemical taste I wasn’t keen on.

Price FromCalories In-StoreCalories Takeout
(medium, semi skimmed milk)
Irish Velvet and Cream Latte£3.10309318
Irish Velvet Hot Chocolate and Cream£3.10369395
Irish Velvet Frostino with Dairy Swirl£2.30266271
Irish Velvet and Cream Coffee Frostino£2.30250254

Spiced Cappuccino

Also returning is the Spiced Cappuccino. The main taste is cinnamon, blended with nutmeg and star anise. However it you like the warming kick of spice then you will like this cappuccino too.

Price FromCalories In-Store
Spiced Cappuccino£2.95174

Gingerbread and Cream Latte

There’s also a Gingerbread and Cream Latte which has gingerbread syrup mixed into the coffee and a mini gingerbread man swimming in the generous cream topping. 

Gingerbread and Cream Latte

The creaminess of the latte works well with the ginger to create a warming drink and who can resist a cute little gingerbread?

Price FromCalories In-StoreCalories Takeout
(medium, semi skimmed milk)
Gingerbread and Cream Latte£3.10277286

Tassimo Costa Gingerbread Latte Pods – Limited Edition

For a limited time only, and just in time for Christmas, Costa has released their Tassimo Gingerbread Latte pods.  So now you can make your favourite Costa Coffee drink at home, without having to risk the cold of winter, or Christmas shoppers!

The cheapest place we have seen to buy Costa’s Gingerbread Latte pods is from Amazon, you can order today, and they will be with you tomorrow, and you don’t even have to step out of the door to get them.

Tassimo Costa Gingerbread Latte Coffee Pods (Pack of 5, Total 40 Coffee Capsules)
  • Costa Gingerbread Latte from Tassimo has the authentic Costa Coffee Taste
  • Indulgent and silky smooth, festive gingerbread flavor and topped with a fine foam
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified

You will pay £2.95 for a gingerbread latte in the shop, but shop smartly and you can have a cup at home for only 50p.

Remember, these are limited edition, so when they are gone, they are gone.  Don’t say we did not warn you!

Black Forest and Cream Hot Chocolate

Also available is the classic Black Forest and Cream Hot Chocolate. 

black forest and cream hot chocolate

It is so popular that there was a storm of protest a couple of years ago when Costa changed the recipe so they reverted to the original.  It’s a classic combination for a good reason, the balance of the sweet fruity cherries with rich chocolate and cream works just as well in a drink as it does in the cake.

Price FromCalories In-Store
Black Forest and Cream Hot Chocolate£3.10357

Spiced Apple

For those not in a caffeine mood there is a Spiced Apple drink described as a winter warming drink, topped with a lemon slice.

Spiced Apple

Price FromCalories In-Store
Spiced Apple£3.1090

Sadly, there is no return for either the Mint Hot Chocolate or any of the Chocolate and Orange variations we have had in previous years.

Anything else for us to look forward to this Winter?

Of course it’s not just the limited edition drinks that gets us excited, there’s also the food specials. 

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin

The most exciting offering for me is the chocolate orange muffin, filled with Terry’s Chocolate Orange ganache and topped with chocolate icing and a single Terry’s Chocolate Orange segment.  Obviously combined with the Terry’s Orange Hot Chocolate it is going to fulfil all your chocolate orange needs.

Terrys Chocolate Orange Muffin

After Eight® Muffin

Anything Terry’s can do, After Eight can do too. A dark chocolate muffin is filled with a sweet peppermint sauce, topped with white icing squished down with an After Eight®.

Costa Coffee After Eight Muffin

Price from £1.97  – Cal 393

Rich Chocolate & Hazelnut Shimmer Cake

Three layers of dark choc sponge are sandwiched with hazelnut & chocolate frosting, with more hazelnuts, dark chocolate curls & gold dusting on top.

Costa Coffee Shimmer Cake

Price from £1.75  – Cal 578

Jammin’ in the Chimney Cake

One for the kids, and the big kids at heart! A vanilla muffin is filled with raspberry sauce and topped with a splodge of white icing with ‘Santa’s Legs’ sticking out of it.

Costa Coffee Jammin in the Chimney Cake

Price from £1.97  – Cal 362

Vegan Santa Gingerbread

No surprises here! You get a gingerbread biscuit with red and white icing to give your favourite vegan a smile.

Price from £1.75  – Cal 261

Mince Pies

Costa’s mince pies are back, with a gluten free version available.  Don’t forget you can get them warmed up and covered in cream. 

Other traditional sweets include a Christmas Slice (Vegan and Gluten Free), Fruit & Nut Flapjack, Jammy Rudolph Shortcake and Chocolate coins.

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Savoury Snacks

On the savoury side of things there are a couple of returning favourite – a Pigs under Blankets Panini, a Maple Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Panini and a Turkey with the Trimmings sandwich all start from £3.50.  Vegans get a Turkee, Cranberry and stuffing sandwich, also starting at £3.50.  The most appealing for me is the delicious sounding Pork & Bramley Apple Sausage Roll from £2.19.  For those wanting to treat themselves to a bit of luxury you can also get a Lobster Toastie for £5.

British Turkey Bacon Stuffing Wrap and Veggies Under Vests Sandwich no vignette

Where Is Your Nearest Costa Coffee Shop?

The menu went live yesterday (November 3rd) and if you want to get your Christmas Winter fix as soon as possible, checkout our Costa Coffee Near Me and Costa Coffee Drive Thru Near Me interactive pages to find your closest shop.

With more than 2,600 locations around the UK, there is bound to be one close to wherever you are, right now!

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