The Starbucks Panettone Latte Was Inspired by Italian Fruitcake

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jan 8, 2016
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In addition to launching seasonal flavors like Toffee Nut, Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread, Starbucks in Hong Kong also introduced a flavorful Christmas Panettone Latte.

This holiday drink takes cues from an Italian fruitcake, which channels bread and butter flavors of the dessert. These festive flavors are paired with steamed milk and espresso, decorated with sprinkles of dried fruits for texture. In addition to being served at Starbucks locations in Hong Kong, the drink is also being offered across Asian countries like China, Malaysia and Singapore.

While gingerbread, peppermint and chocolate are some of the most beloved Christmas flavors, it's fitting that the iconic fruitcake is also getting its time in the spotlight as well. Even though fruitcake has a reputation as a dessert that people either love or hate, the foodie movement is playing a huge part in getting average consumers to be more adventurous and open-minded with their food and drink choices.