Sure, presents and family time and snow and all that crap are good reasons to look forward to the holidays. But if you're a coffee lover, then you know that come October (and sometimes even September), coffee creamer companies start rolling out their holiday themed flavors! And it's what makes this time of year the most wonderful of all. For those who drink their coffee black (you animal), you might want to skip this post.
There are lots of cheery flavors to choose from, so we decided to do you a solid and rank the coffee creamers. We researched Coffee-Mate, International Delight and Bailey's (the big three in the coffee creamer world, as it were), pulled their list of official "Seasonal Flavors," and sorted them based on taste and…nope, that's pretty much it. That's all that matters. Here is our definitive ranking of holiday coffee flavors:
14. International Delight White Chocolate Raspberry
Raspberry? Who approved that as a holiday flavor?!
13. Coffee-mate Spiced Rum Cake
This would be higher if it contained actual rum in which to spike the coffee.
12. International Delight Gingerbread Latte
We have visceral reactions to gingerbread-flavored stuff so this might be a bias on our part. Still, there are better seasonal flavors.
11. Bailey's Red Velvet Cupcake
We love red velvet as much as the next human, but we eat this year round so we don't feel very holiday-ish when we're sipping on the creamer version.
10. Coffee-mate Butter Toffee
Getting closer with bottling the essence of this season, but not close enough.
9. Coffee-mate Chocolate Chip Cookie
Points given because who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies besides idiots, but points off because this isn't as festive as say, frosted sugar cookies...
8. International Delight Frosted Sugar Cookie
Now we're talking! Especially if those sugar cookies are 30 percent cookie, 70 percent frosting.
7. Bailey's White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Every coffee creamer company has their own variations of pumpkin and peppermint flavors, and they are all delicious. But Bailey's comes up a wee bit short with the "white chocolate" thing. It has to be dark or milk chocolate when it comes to peppermint, wouldn't you all agree?
6. Coffee-mate Snickerdoodle
Hell yeah cinnamon and sugar!
5. Bailey's Pumpkin Spice
Now we're just basically ranking the Pumpkin Spice flavors from each of the three creamer companies. Bailey's is coming in not-so-hot at number three.
4. Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice
The second best Pumpkin Spice creamer? Coffee-mate. International Delight has one very important detail in their flavor that makes it the superior pumpkin master. Also, Superior Pumpkin Master is a cool name for a band.
3. International Delight Peppermint Chocolate Truffle
This truffle version, while great-tasting, is just not peppermint-y enough for our liking.
2. International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice
There is only one thing better than Pumpkin Spice flavoring, and that is Pumpkin Pie spice flavoring. That's where ID comes out above Coffee-mate. If you've tasted both of these creamers, you know what we are talking about.
1. Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha
Guess what? Pumpkin Spice is not the be all, end all flavor of the holiday season. It might be a big deal around Thanksgiving, and people wait with bated breath for Starbucks to bust out their Pumpkin Spice Latte, but we believe that there is one flavor that is a step above the rest. There is nothing better than chocolate and peppermint together during the holidays. Especially when it is combined with a hot cup of coffee. And yes, this creamer tastes different than ID's Peppermint Chocolate Truffle even though essentially the flavors are the same. Some people may disagree that we put Peppermint Mocha above Pumpkin Spice, but if it's one thing our mothers told us, it's that we are never, ever wrong. So there.
(Originally published on Fri., Dec. 27, 2013 at 10:34 AM PST)