17 December 2018 | UK

Allegra reveals the UK top 20 festive beverage hits

Christmas sees a flurry of festive-themed beverages hit UK coffee shops as consumers turn to  indulgent products to stave off cold winter days . Here are the top 20 on the high street as voted for by the Allegra consumer panel


Let’s face it; there’s no better place to seek shelter from the seasonal shopping splurge than a coffee shop.

And for operators offering a range of festive seasonal products, Allegra research shows there’s extra reason to be merry. UK consumers surveyed are willing to spend an average of 12.4% more on festive-themed beverages than regular brews.

But indicating that coffee shops are for life, not just for Christmas, only 17% of consumers surveyed said they’d be more likely to visit a coffee shop during the festive period than at any other time of year. So, while seasonal products are likely to increase average ticket sales, the season itself doesn’t appear to be a driver of increased footfall in coffee shops.

And there’s also sobering news for those who wish it could be Christmas every day. More than half of consumers surveyed (54%) disagreed they would buy seasonal beverages all year round if available.

We asked a panel of more than 1,600 UK consumers what their favourite festive-themed coffee shop beverage is. So, without further ado, here are the nation’s top 20 festive refreshments for 2018:
 

Winner: Winter Roast Coffee – Costa Coffee 


Costa Coffee's seasonal Winter Roast coffee blend won over the majority of consumers surveyed with its notes of winter berries, cocoa and cinnamon



 

2nd place: Gingerbread Latte – Starbucks


A Christmas institution: Starbucks first launched its gingerbread latte in the US in 2012


 

3rd place: Hazelnut Praline and Cream Latte – Costa Coffee


Costa Coffee's hazelnut praline and cream latte (left), and the hot chocolate variety (right)



4. Caramelised orange Hot Chocolate – Costa Coffee

5. Hazelnut Praline and Cream Hot Chocolate – Costa Coffee

6. Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate – Caffè Nero

For the sweet-toothed: Caffè Nero's Belgian truffle hot chocolate



7. Egg Nog Latte – Starbucks

8. Salted Caramel Latte – Caffè Nero

9. Toffee Nut Latte – Starbucks 

10. Millionaire’s Latte – McDonald's 

11. Salted Caramel Brownie Hot Chocolate – Starbucks 

12. Caramelised Orange Latte – Costa Coffee 

13. Christmas Brulée Latte – Starbucks 

14. Caramelised Almond Brittle Latte – Caffè Nero

15. Mint Hot Chocolate – Greggs 

New for 2018: Greggs' mint hot chocolate 



16. Toffee Latte – McDonald's 

17. Winter Spiced Hot Chocolate – Caffè Nero

18. Mulled Berry Tea – Coffee#1

If caffeine and sugar aren't your thing: Coffee#1's mulled berry tea



19. Salted Caramel Latte – Greggs 

20. Salted Caramel Brownie Cream Frappuccino – Starbucks 
 




 
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