Back By Popular Demand, Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte Rings in the New Year with Sugar-Free Syrup

Starting today, Starbucks (Nasdaq:SBUX), is bringing back the Cinnamon Dolce Latte (CDL), a special winter-time treat that was first introduced last winter and quickly became a customer favorite.

The CDL combines classic winter flavors -- a delicious blend of sweet cinnamon, butter and brown sugar -- and pairs it with Starbucks signature dense, caramelly sweet espresso and freshly steamed milk, all topped with whipped cream and a dusting of Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles. This season, the CDL is also offered with a sugar-free syrup option to help stay true to New Year's resolutions while providing an indulgent-tasting treat.

Following the holidays, 75 percent of Americans are glad to be back to a routine ? feeling rejuvenated and determined at the start of the New Year -- according to a study conducted by StrategyOne. This can truly make the first week of January feel like the "best week ever."

Although most Americans do feel energized at the New Year, post-holiday stress tends to linger with 70 percent of them feeling stressed at the onset of the year, citing work-related causes and holiday weight gain as the top sources of stress.

A popular way Americans help themselves feel good after the holiday season is by taking a break from the routine and indulging in a warm tasty treat. A CDL break at Starbucks can help relieve the stress and keep the energetic momentum going during the "best week ever" and the New Year. This winter, the CDL treat can also be enjoyed in a sugar-free syrup option to give customers more choices and to meet the needs of those seeking a lower calorie alternative.

"Customization is key to sticking to your diet while still satisfying your cravings," says Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, the voice behind Hungry-Girl.com, a daily e-newsletter devoted to providing guilt-free and tasty food tips. "One way to customize your CDL is by asking for sugar-free Cinnamon Dolce syrup, nonfat milk and no whipped cream ? a Tall CDL customized this way is just 90 calories and has no fat!"

When ordering your CDL, pick up other treats for yourself or someone else to enjoy. Some new items at Starbucks include the Reduced-fat Cinnamon Chip Mini Loaf, and the Five-fruit Banana Muffin -- both containing whole grains -- and an assortment of winter-themed mugs and Starbucks Cards, along with our coffee and espresso machines which make a great at-home treat all-year round.

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