11 Deliciously Sweet Fast-Food Chain Holiday Drinks (Slideshow)


Applebee’s Red Apple Sangria

Applebee’s has come up with a great idea to harp on the season’s lush apples and use them in sangria. They mix Sutter Home Cabernet with DeKuyper Red Apple liqueur, tropical fruit juices, and lemon-lime soda to create this seasonal cocktail. Doesn’t sound half bad to us!

Caribou Coffee's Pumpkin White Chocolate Mocha

We don’t necessarily see the appeal of mixing white chocolate with pumpkin, but it seems to be popping up in more than one place lately. We might give it a try, but beware of all these flavors in one cup — it might be too sweet for traditional mocha lovers.

Chick-fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

This milkshake hit stores a little early in the season, but we think it’s close enough to Christmas to put it on the list. There’s nothing as delicious as matching a peppermint and chocolate shake with your fried chicken, right?

Jamba Juice Pumpkin Smash Smoothie

Jamba Juice is all about health and natural ingredients, so intrigued by their Pumpkin Smash smoothie that's loaded with real pumpkin blended with frozen yogurt. Perhaps the smoothie is a great kick-starter and nutritional boost during the somewhat dreary fall months.

Rita’s Italian Ice Pumpkin Cheesecake Cream

Italian ice and pumpkin may not seem like a natural combination, but this might actually work because it’s pumpkin cheesecake. They claim the cream has a velvety consistency similar to that of actual pumpkin cheesecake, so it might a good alternative to a warm pumpkin spiced latte on a warmer fall day.

Steak 'n Shake Caramel Apple Shake

Caramel apples are a staple for the fall season, and we’re loving the idea of this milkshake from Steak 'n Shake. It might not warm you up, but it will definitely get you in a mood to go apple-picking.

Culver’s Pumpkin Spice Shake

Culver’s has a pumpkin spiced shake that offers some of the typical holiday flavors we see around this time of year. If you’re not a caramel person, this shake is the one to get your hands on.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte

This one is a no-brainer since many of us probably have a countdown on our phones leading up to the yearly release of this delicious Starbucks beverage. This one might be the real winner on our holiday drink list.

Dunkin’ Donuts Apple Cider

It might not be the first thing you think to order when you walk into a Dunkin’ Donuts, but we’ve found that the drink isn't as bad as you might think, and it beats the alternative of driving out to the boonies to taste the real thing. Then again, nothing screams holidays and seasonal bliss like a little pumpkin patch and apple-picking action.

McDonald’s Pralines and Cream McFlurry

This McFlurry is interesting for the season because of its use of caramel and praline. The dessert sounds delicious, but we’re wondering where all the pumpkin has gone… then again, McDonald’s did come out with their own version of a pumpkin spiced latte.

Red Robin O’Fest Beer Shake

Red Robin had an interesting idea to ring in Oktoberfest and infuse its flavors into a milkshake. The drink has Sam Adams Oktoberfest, vanilla soft-serve, and caramel. The idea is like a creative take on a root beer float — but with real beer!