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Of all the products that change flavors for the holidays, one you might not expect to see bursting with seasonal excitement is cough drops. Sure, there’s plenty of themed candy around each year, but medicine? Like it or not, this is real and there are more varieties to choose from now than ever before.
In case you missed it, CVS dropped pumpkin spice cough drops in 2017 and I have been skeptical ever since. Why? Because they also contain menthol and the combination of mint and pumpkin spice sounds like a stomachache I definitely don’t need if I’m already feeling under the weather.
Unlike pumpkin spice and CVS’s other fall flavor, caramel apple, adding menthol to peppermint mocha honestly sounds pretty good. Because menthol is found in peppermint and spearmint, the combination simply sounds extra minty, with the menthol also providing a cooling feeling to relieve a cough and sore throat.
To be fair, I have never tried any of the aforementioned cough drops, so I can’t say if pumpkin spice menthol is weird or not. But knowing what menthol tastes like, I feel confident in saying the peppermint mocha is likely the best of the three — and probably pretty delicious (as far as cough drops go, of course).
CVS actually isn’t the first to think of a mocha mint flavor for cough drops, as Halls and Organix Complete both made them at one point as well. As far as I can tell, however, CVS is currently the only place you’ll find the flavor.
When it comes to peppermint mocha-flavored items, though, you have options.
If you have no choice but to venture out in the cold while sick this winter, it’s not a bad idea to pick up a dose of caffeine to keep you going — at least until you get your hands on a bag of cough drops.
Starbucks’ peppermint mocha is back on the menu for its 17th year and High Brew Coffee just launched a brand new 80-calorie peppermint mocha flavor you can find in stores nationwide if you prefer cold drinks year-round.
Will you be trying CVS’ new Peppermint Mocha cough drops?