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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:00 am

'Tis the season for flavors at coffee spots

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Thanksgiving might be the holiday that seemingly gets lost between the excitement of Halloween and Christmas, but when it comes to flavors, I'll contend that it's the winter treats that lose out.

The hype surrounding pumpkin spice and just the sheer number of products made with the warm flavors make it easy for sweet treat fans to forget about the seasonal delights of winter.

From peppermint to gingersnap to even chestnut, the coffee shops take the lead on warming up winter.

Mocha Lounge, 6312 Covington Road, has its seasonal coffee beans – Nutcracker Mocha, White Christmas and Winter Wonderland – available for sale. Its holiday drink menu includes the following espresso drinks: peppermint mocha, gingerbread mocha, eggnog latte, peppermint latte, toffee nut latte, cinnamon dolce latte and salted caramel mocha. There's also a Christmas chai and six different hot chocolates.

Dunkin Donuts just released three seasonal doughnuts. The Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut is a frosted doughnut with cookie dough-flavored filling and topped with crumbled frosted sugar cookies. The Gingerbread Cookie Donut features a caramel frosted doughnut sprinkled with ginger snap cookie topping. Dunkin' Donuts also has the Snowflake Sprinkle Donut, a frosted doughnut with red icing and special snowflake sprinkles, and Snowflake Sprinkle Munchkins, featuring the brand's chocolate glazed Munchkins doughnut hole treats rolled in snowflake sprinkles.

For coffee lovers, Dunkin' Donuts has brought back peppermint mocha and brown sugar cinnamon flavors, which are available in hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and frozen drinks.

Starbucks has put a twist on some of its previous holiday drinks with the new toasted white chocolate mocha and chestnut praline chai latte. The mocha drink features espresso, toasted white chocolate mocha sauce and steamed milk, and it is topped with whipped cream and candied cranberry sugar. The chai begins with black tea infused with warming spices and has steamed milk, chestnut praline syrup and a sprinkle of spiced praline crumbs.

From the bakery, Starbucks is offering a new Candy Cane Whoopie Pie (peppermint icing sandwiched between two chocolate cakes) and returning favorites Gingerbread Loaf, Snowman Cake Pop, Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop, Snowman Cookie and Cranberry Bliss Bar.

Foam art contest

Modbar is bringing latte art to the art space at the Wunderkammer Co.

The third annual Holiday Throw Down will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at the 3402 Fairfield Ave. gallery.

Baristas will test their latte art skills during the competition. There is no entry fee, but Modbar is collecting donations for Toys for Tots. A donation earns a ticket to the raffle with door prizes.

There will be a cash bar with beer and wine available from the Dash-In.

Sponsors include Fortezza Coffee, Conjure Coffee, Crimson Cup, Baratza, Espresso Supply, Bonavita, Acaia, Tamperista, The Abbey Coffee Co., Junior Print (T-shirts on demand), Tinker Coffee and Dash-In.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the competition begins at 6:30 p.m.

New Mexican spot

There's a new Mexican restaurant in the Fort Wayne dining scene.

Guacamole's Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria opened this fall at 5709 St. Joe Road, in the Canterbury plaza.

The menu features traditional favorites such as nachos, tacos, burritos, tamales and flan. Features have also included menudo, a soup made with beef tripe.

Tuesdays are for tacos, and Guacamole's serves them up for $1.99.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Healthy endeavor

Joseph Decuis is kicking off a new health and wellness lecture and dining series with “Eating the Rainbow.”

From 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7,guests will join health specialist and physician's assistant Carry DePold and Joseph Decuis' chief culinary officer, chef Eric Sands, at the farm.

Guests will learn about the nutritional importance of the color of your food, including what foods are considered anti-inflammatory, boost the immune system or help the body get rid of toxins.

DePold and Sands will discuss what “seasonal” and “local” really mean, and if you don't have your own garden, pointers on how to shop for the healthiest fruits and vegetables. They will also show how to incorporate them into your daily eating.

The cost, which is $125 a person, includes a four-course meal and wine pairing.

Reservations are required; call 260-672-1715.

Around town

JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House, 121 W. Wayne St., will host a tapping event for Founders CBS. Adam Lepper from Founders will be there as the pub invites beer fans to try the brews from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. The pub will be tapping other beers including Mosaic Promise, Azacca, Breakfast Stout and Rubaeus.

• If you live in Decatur or you are driving through, you might have noticed that the Wendy's on U.S. 27 is looking different these days. The location underwent a complete overhaul and is back open for business.

Panera Bread at Jefferson Pointe recently underwent a renovation of its own, including updated branding on the facade. It is open.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304.