Here’s How Starbucks & Dunkin’ Gingerbread Latte Hacks Stack Up

One sip is definitely more holiday-forward.

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Starbucks Vs. Dunkin’: Gingerbread Latte Hack

Neither Starbucks or Dunkin’ have an official Gingerbread Latte for 2021, but you can still hack the holiday sip to replicate the flavor. I tried the same Reddit hack at both chains — and here’s how they stack up.

Ingredients: Starbucks

This Gingerbread Latte dupe at Starbucks is a Tall Caffè Latte made with 2% milk, one shot of espresso, one pump each of vanilla and caramel syrup, and cinnamon powder.

It’s topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of more cinnamon powder.

Ingredients: Dunkin’

This Gingerbread Latte recipe from Dunkin’ is a small Signature Latte made with whole milk, one shot of espresso, one pump each of vanilla and caramel swirl, and cinnamon powder.

The sip is topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon powder for extra spice.

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Taste: Starbucks

From the first sip, you can taste a blend of malty, caramel flavor with vanilla, cinnamon, and bold espresso.

The cinnamon transforms the syrup flavors into a holiday-forward taste. You definitely get a gingerbread vibe.

Taste: Dunkin’

The first sip is caramel-forward with sugary vanilla aftertaste. Cinnamon and espresso flavors blossom toward the end of the sip.

As you keep drinking, the vanilla-caramel blend wins out over the coffee flavor. While it isn’t very gingerbread-y, it’s still a dessert-like sip.

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Caffeine: Starbucks

A tall size (hot or iced) has 75 milligrams of caffeine.

A grande size (hot or iced) has 150 milligrams of caffeine.

A hot venti sip has 150 milligrams of caffeine, while a venti iced has 225 milligrams.

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Caffeine: Dunkin’

A small size latte (hot or iced) has 118 milligrams of caffeine.

A medium size latte (hot or iced) has 166 milligrams of caffeine.

A large size latte (hot or iced) has 252 milligrams of caffeine.

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Price: Starbucks

A tall size (iced or hot) costs $4.25.

A grande size (iced or hot) costs $4.95.

A venti size hot costs $5.45, while the iced version costs $5.75.

(Prices vary by market. The above prices are for a Southern California location.)

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Price: Dunkin’

A small hot is $3.90, a small iced is $4.10

A medium hot is $4.30, and a medium iced is $4.50.

A large hot is $4.70, and a large iced is $4.90.

(Prices may vary by location.)

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If you’re hoping for major gingerbread flavor, the Starbucks recipe hack is more similar to the classic cookie.

Dunkin’s sip is sweeter, with less coffee flavor. It tastes more like a holiday dessert drink than gingerbread, which might also fit the bill this season.

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