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Delight Guests with Decadent Peppermint Drink

Indulgent beverage leverages beloved holiday flavors

Erase the winter blahs with an over-the-top specialty beverage, crafted to put your customers in a festive mood. Winter Mint Mocha Express leverages beloved holiday tastes — peppermint, chocolate and coffee — to transform yum into wow!

Peppermint is the go-to flavor to enhance beverages, demonstrated by its increase in popularity by 35% over the past four years1. Recently, mint's appeal has surged with the trend of flavor infusions.

"Mint is among the top flavors people associate with the holiday season," says Cristi Shipley, Corporate Research & Development Chef at FoodIQ. "When combined with white chocolate and coffee, it becomes even more appealing."

Whip up this sweet sensation by blending Minute Maid® Smoothies Vanilla Non-Fat Yogurt with Peppermint Syrup, White Chocolate Sauce, Gold Peak® Dark Roast Coffee and ice. Garnish with whipped cream, peppermint stick crumbles and white chocolate shavings. Irresistible!

This decadent treat can encourage beverage and snacking occasions, provide a pick-me-up for weary holiday shoppers, and satisfy your cheery revelers.

Want to add this indulgent beverage to your repertoire? Get the complete Winter Mint Mocha Express recipe details.

FoodIQ is a leading culinary consulting agency serving both manufacturers and foodservice operators. The Coca-Cola Company is working with FoodIQ to help customers enhance their business by leveraging food and beverage trends.

The Coca-Cola Specialty Beverage Program has a wealth of exclusive recipes featuring Coca-Cola brands. These high-margin menu selections are designed to help increase beverage incidence and sales. Peruse The Recipe Box for hundreds of delicious ideas or check out additional articles in Beverage Trends.

In addition, you can promote specialty beverages with point-of-sale (POS) tools, including counter cards and table tents, to capture consumers' attention and incite purchase. Visit Design Machine for hundreds of customizable templates.

Mintel Menu Insights

Published: November 25, 2015