Dairy Queen Blizzards, Chick-fil-A shakes; which franchise restaurants have holiday menus?

The calendar is turning over to December and it's time for chain restaurants across the country to move from pumpkin spice to peppermint.

Here's a look at what franchises are doing for the holidays or winter.

Dairy Queen

The Blizzards of the Month for December has a distinct holiday flavor.

  • Frosted Sugar Cookie: Vanilla soft serve with frosting, sugar cookies and sprinkles.

  • Candy Cane Chill: Vanilla soft serve with candy cane pieces and chocolate chunks


Starbucks holiday beverages
Starbucks holiday beverages

Starbucks launched its holiday menu back in November. The menu includes old standards like the Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte and Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte. Plus, there's a new item — Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai.

Starbucks also has special bakery items. Cranberry Bliss Bar, Gingerbread Loaf, Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop, Snowman Cookie and Sugar Plum Cheese Danish are all on the menu.

For a preview of what the drinks taste like, click here.

Also, there's a secret menu item at Starbucks – the Santa Claus Frappuccino. According to the Instagram account snackolator, you begin with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino and ask the barista to cover the bottom of the cup with strawberry puree along with another layer of strawberry puree in the middle of the beverage. Then top the Santa Claus Frappuccino with whipped cream and red sprinkles for the perfect Christmas look. There's no coffee in the beverage, making it perfect for kids.


Subway will soon be the exclusive home of the footlong cookie, arriving next month to restaurants nationwide.
Subway will soon be the exclusive home of the footlong cookie, arriving next month to restaurants nationwide.

The sub shop doesn't have a holiday menu per se, but it is adding footlong cookies to the menu, starting in December. The cookies were launched at one location in Miami last year and sold out in two hours.


Chick-fil-A holiday beverages
Chick-fil-A holiday beverages

For the 15th year, the Peppermint Chip milkshake returned to Chick-fil-A. The shake is on the menu until Jan. 6 or while supplies last.

In addition, Chick-fil-A will also have two new coffee items — Frosted Peppermint Chip Coffee and Peppermint Iced Coffee.

According to the Chick-fil-A website, the festive peppermint-flavored milkshake is made with Chick-fil-A Icedream dessert and features chips of peppermint bark. It's topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone has added three Luxurious winter flavors to its menu.

  • Berry Cozy Red Velvet: Red Velvet batter ice cream with strawberries, graham cracker pie crust pieces and cream cheese frosting.

  • Red Velvet Luxury: Red Velvet batter ice cream, chocolate shavings, Red Velvet Cake and cream cheese frosting.

  • Brown Sugar Cookie Dough Sensation: Brown Sugar ice cream, cookie dough, brown sugar and caramel.

Cold Stone has also added two cakes to the menu.

  • Chocolate & Velvet: Layers of moist Red Velvet Cake and Devil’s Food Cake, Red Velvet Cake Batter ice cream and cream cheese frosting wrapped in rich Fudge Ganache.

  • Classic Caramel Apple Pie: Caramel Apple Ice Cream on a layer of caramel in a graham cracker pie crust topped with fluffy caramel frosting.


Dunkin' is spicing up its holiday menu with a plethora of goodies.

  • Toasted White Chocolate Iced Signature Latte: Rich espresso and milk paired with creamy rich white chocolate flavor with delicious toppings.

  • Triple Chocolate Muffin: Chocolate muffin made with a blend of cocoas and loaded with chocolate chunks and chips.

  • Peppermint Mocha Signature Latte: Rich espresso and milk paired with peppermint and mocha flavors, garnished with delicious toppings.

  • Loaded Hash Browns: Nine hash browns, drizzled with jalapeño cheddar and topped with crumbled bacon.

  • Cookie Butter Cold Brew: Ultra-smooth cold brew with notes of brown sugar, topped with cookie butter cold foam and cookie butter crumbles.

  • Spiced Cookie Iced Coffee: Your favorite iced coffee complemented by brown sugar and oatmeal cookie flavors.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme holiday doughnuts
Krispy Kreme holiday doughnuts

Krispy Kreme is celebrating the holiday season and the 20th anniversary of the Christmas classic movie "Elf" with a special lineup of donuts.

According to the Krispy Kreme website, the collection will include the following doughnuts:

  • Buddy Snow Globe Doughnut: An original glazed doughnut dipped in sugar cookie light blue icing and white sprinkles, topped with powdered sugary snow and a chocolate “Elf” piece.

  • Buddy Makes Breakfast Doughnut: An original glazed doughnut topped with cake batter spaghetti buttercream, milk chocolate colorful candies, sprinkles, and a maple drizzle.

  • Christmas Lights Doughnut: An original glazed doughnut dipped in rich chocolate icing, drizzled with green icing, and topped with rainbow sprinkles and a chocolate “Elf” piece.

  • Santa Belly Doughnut: A Santa belly doughnut filled with cookies and Kreme filling, dipped in red icing and decorated with Santa’s belt and belt buckle candy piece.

The restaurant is offering two beverages to pair with the doughnuts.

  • Sugar Cookie Latte: an espresso-based latte blended with sugar cookie flavored syrup topped with whipped cream and sprinkle blend. Served iced, hot, & frozen.

  • Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate: Ghirardelli cocoa blended with steamed milk and topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle.

The Cheesecake Factory

The holiday entry from The Cheesecake Factory is the Peppermint Stick Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake. The item features peppermint swirled with white and dark chocolate cheesecake all on a delicious mint chocolate brownie base.


IHOP Wonka Menu
IHOP Wonka Menu

IHOP is going all out for the new movie Wonka. To celebrate it, the restaurant has a special menu additions.

Perfectly Purple Pancakes: 4 purple buttermilk pancakes layered with cheesecake mousse and topped with purple cream cheese icing, whipped topping and gold glitter sugar.

  • Hoverchoc Pancake Tacos: three silver dollar pancakes folded and filled with chocolate chips, cheesecake mousse, sliced strawberries and a chocolate drizzle.

  • Daydream Berry Biscuit: Buttermilk biscuit split and filled with cheesecake mousse and mixed berry topping and topped with purple cream cheese icing and powdered sugar.

  • Fantastical Wonka burger: A hamburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, four cheeses, avocado, bacon, hash browns, IHOP sauce, and a ranch drizzle on a brioche bun.

  • Scrumdiddlyumptious Strawberry Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate with strawberry syrup topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and gold glitter sugar.

  • Dreamy Lemonade: Prickly pear-flavored lemonade with a cream cheese icing rainbow sprinkle rim and topped with cotton candy.


Wendy's announced the Peppermint Frosty would be returning to restaurants on Nov. 14 for the holiday season.
Wendy's announced the Peppermint Frosty would be returning to restaurants on Nov. 14 for the holiday season.

Wendy's brought back its Peppermint Frosty and added a Peppermint Frosty cold brew for the holiday season. The peppermint beverage was introduced last year for a limited time as the first holiday-themed Frosty the chain added to its menu.

Also, until Feb. 14, you can purchase for $3 a Frosty Key Tag, which gives you a free Jr. Frosty with any purchase during 2024. It's a fundraiser in honor of National Adoption Month.


Sure, everyone would like to see the Egg Nog shake return, but McDonald's holiday entry is the holiday pie. It's vanilla custard nestled in a buttery crust glazed with sugar and topped with rainbow sprinkles. The pie will be on the menu until Dec. 30.

Burger King

Cheesy tots are returning to the BK menu on Dec. 7. The tots are cheese and shredded potato nuggets that are deep-fried. The cheesy tots will be available in four and eight-tot packages.

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This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Franchise restaurants' holiday menus are back. Here's what they have.