Starbucks leans into Christmas and unveils four new holiday cups

Meet this year's holiday cups

Starbucks says it listened to customers when it came to picking these designs, who said they love the tradition of Christmas.

The four designs are of varying shades of red, green, and white, a clear attempt to head off any controversy similar to the red cup debacle of 2015, when the release of a simple, solid-red holiday cup led some to believe Starbucks was raging war on Christianity.

To give customers a taste of the holiday, Starbucks drew inspiration from its own Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee.

Last year's cups were white with doodles on them, created to let people color in the lines.

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Each year, as soon as Halloween is over, the coffee chain reveals its famous red cup.

In 2015, Starbucks said it removed "symbols of the season" used in the past, which have included reindeer and ornaments, in favor of a simple, two-toned red cup.

There are four this year, each with a cute little story to tell.

In 2015, for example, the company introduced a plain red holiday cup, ending a string of designs that featured more explicit holiday symbols, such as ornaments and reindeer, dating to 1997.

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Brewer said employees asked customers for feedback in person and the company gathered data through its app.

They've kept a couple of classic flavors, like Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte, and are debuting a few brand ones, like Sugar Plum Cheese Danishes, and Pistachio Honey Croissants. "I think it's exciting for them".

If you can't make it on November 2, 2018 for the FREE reusable Red Cup, you can purchase them at Starbucks locations for $2.50.

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