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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 6:04 am | Updated: 5:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Kathy Kleinschmidt of Mesa tried her first Gingerbread Latte this year and says just one was enough to hook her. “It’s not something I craved before, but I might now,” she says. The drink is one of three on the menu at Starbucks, served in festive red cups and created to bring holiday flavors.

Kleinschmidt also had her fi rst pumpkin-fl avored milkshake from Jack in the Box recently and said that although it sounded gross to her before tasting it, she thought it was pretty good.

“It might be another new favorite,” she says.

There’s something about this time of year, Kleinschmidt says, that makes her crave the fl avors associated with the holidays.

“I love pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but never even think about it any other time,” she says. “I love eggnog, but only at Christmastime. It is strange how you relate these things to the holidays and never want them any other time.”

Restaurants and cafes are banking on customers like Kleinschmidt by offering more of these fl avors on their menus. From ice cream desserts created from classic holiday pie flavors to coffee infused with the flavors of Christmas favorites like candy canes, here’s a sampling of what’s available.

Tastes like Christmas: The Gingerbread Latte (which smells exactly like gingerbread and tastes pretty close) is topped with whipped cream and sells for $3.35 for a tall, $3.90 for a grande and $4.35 for a venti. Starbucks is also serving Eggnog Latte, Tazo Chai Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Mocha.

If you’re looking for something to take home, Starbucks Christmas Blend is available only during the holidays and is blended to complement the flavors of the season, pairing well with things like turkey and stuffi ng, pumpkin pie, and gingerbread, says Starbucks representative Meghann Dowd.

Cold Stone tasty: Cold Stone Creamery is serving several ice cream treats inspired by the fl avors of the season, including its Pumpkin Pie in the Sky, made with pumpkin ice cream, graham cracker pie crust and caramel. The ice cream stores also serve a Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie made with similar ingredients but decorated with dollops of cinnamon frosting and chocolate leaves. Both are available through Nov. 30. You can also order an After Dinner Mint, which combines dark chocolate peppermint ice cream with marshmallows, Oreos and chocolate shavings. Dark Chocolate Peppermint ice cream is available until Dec. 31.

Stephanie Ribodal, a Cold Stone Creamery representative, says the flavors are popular among its customers and the company plans to bring them back year after year. Cold Stone’s Creations range in price from $3.99 to $4.99.

Coffee bean: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is putting a spin on its brand of drinks with the EggNog Ice Blended, which consists of the company’s signature French Deluxe vanilla powder, ice and milk, blended with real eggnog. The blended drinks cost $4.25 for 16 ounces or $5.25 for 24 ounces and also come in a peppermint variety. Coffee Bean stores are also carrying teas and coffee beans in holiday flavors.

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