Why You Can't Try Starbucks' New Holiday Drinks

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'Twas the season of Christmas,
When all through the land,
Starbucks holiday lattes
Were warming everyone's hands;
We thought we had it good,
Until we looked abroad;
Now, we feel like our lattes,
Are just a mere few
In the Pantheon
Of holiday-drinks gods.

In case you can't tell from my little impromptu poem, I love Starbucks holiday lattes just as much as the next person, but I am now suffering from a serious case of holiday-drink FOMO. Click through to see which drinks — and treats — I think should be available in the States, stat. And let us know in the comments of which you're the most jealous. (P.S. If you're lucky enough to be traveling to Mexico, the Bahamas, Brazil, Peru, Europe, or China over the holidays, you can get your hands on some of these!)

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Christmas Panettone Latte
When I saw that China and the Asia-Pacific got a panettone latte, the jealousy really started setting in. In case you don't know, panettone is a sweet bread that is enjoyed around the holidays in Italy. It's seriously SO GOOD, so the fact that this latte is only available over 6,000 miles away feels pretty unfair. Oh, and just to really lay it on thick, it's covered in orange, cranberry, and apple sprinkles.
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Cranberry White-Chocolate Mocha
The China/Asia-Pacific menu packs a one-two punch with its panettone latte and the cranberry white-chocolate mocha. This one is sweetened with cranberry sugar, and even though I don't know what that means, I am still pouting.
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Ponche Navideño
If you're lucky enough to be in Mexico for the holidays, then make all your friends jealous by Instagramming yourself with the Mexico-only Ponche Navideño tea (a.k.a. Christmas Punch Tea). Traditionally, the tea is made with spices, fruits, and some kind of booze, but the Starbucks version keeps it civilized with hibiscus tea and brown sugar. (But, hey, if you want to spike your punch, we won't tell.)
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Honey & Almond Hot Chocolate
Respond YAY or NAY:
1) Do you like chocolate?
2) Do you like honey?
3) Do you like almonds?
If you answered yes to all of the above, then you'll love the Honey and Almond Hot Chocolate, which is basically the brand's delicious hot chocolate with almond syrup, topped with chocolate whip and honey-and-mocha drizzle. Let's go get one right now! Oh no, wait, we can't because it's only available in the U.K., France, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.
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Rosca De Reyes
Many things to be envious of here:
1) This treat is only available in Mexico.
2) It's a delicious dessert bread decorated with cocoa, sugar, and figs.
3) Mexico has a holiday on January 6 called El Dia de los Reyes, when the Rosca de Reyes is traditionally enjoyed.
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Dark Cherry Mocha, A.K.A. Floresta Negra
This is just getting ridiculous: Do we have anything remotely like this at U.S. Starbucks? Floresta Negra is made with "ingredients found in the typical Brazilian dessert" black forest cake, according to Starbucks. Well, this dark-cherry mocha frapp sounds delicious. Wondering why they get a frappuccino for the holidays? That's because it's summer in the southern hemisphere during our winter (another reason to be jealous). This drink is only available in Brazil, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Aruba. Sigh.
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Ginger Cake
Peru gets this awesome ginger-infused cake with frosting and pieces of orange on top. Um, hello, Starbucks? We like ginger, frosting, and orange in the U.S., too.
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Gah. Brazil gets actual panettone, and two flavors of the stuff: rich chocolate and caramel. Okay, now my heart is officially aching. How can I ever look at the U.S. Starbucks desserts the same again? Hm... Maybe my pipe dream of forgetting it all and moving to Brazil is not so crazy after all. Sea, surf, panettone — what more does a girl need?
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Mince Pie
The United Kingdom can keep this one, as I have never been a fan of mince pie myself. That said, it makes total sense that it is available in the U.K. around the holidays; it has been a British Christmas tradition since the 17th century.