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Starbucks Peppermint Mocha The New Prozac

Updated on June 1, 2007

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha...The New Prozac? - Don't Get Me Started!

So I've been off the coffee (for the most part) for weeks now, (which is something) considering I used to drink it every day. Now let me say that you have to clean your system out before you attempt this one. I was off the coffee for over a week before I tried the once or twice a week thing, I guess you could call me a "social" coffee drinker now. But here's the deal, I have always just gotten iced "Americanos" (shots of espresso that somehow make me feel patriotic due to the name) at Starbucks. Never been one for the latest blended or farchachta flavor of the month drinks. That is with one exception, I have always loved the Peppermint Mocha. (After all, I have always said that the Junior Mint is the one perfect food created by God...chocolatey and minty at the same time...this goes for Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies as well) They used to only have the Peppermint Mocha in December around the holidays but now they offer it year round. And what I've discovered (even before I was off my seven day a week habit) is that when I'm down, feeling low, a Peppermint Mocha will change my outlook and perspective on life toot suite! Starbucks Peppermint Mocha...the new Prozac? - Don't Get Me Started!

I'm sure it's a whole chemical thing with the caffeine and sugar racing through my body (I like to imagine it like Dennis Quaid racing through Martin Short's body in the movie, Innerspace) but whatever it is and although sometimes it may only last for a few hours, I love it, love life and myself and can that be so wrong? Oh I know some of you are thinking, "This guy is nuts, get him on a therapist's couch or something, he sounds like he's talking about crack for Chrissakes." But all I can say (in my defense) is that if loving the Peppermint Mocha is wrong, I don't want to be right!

I'm sure that there are plenty of studies showing how caffeine is slowly rotting our insides out or making our nervous system move too fast for our own good or at the very least giving us cancer (what doesn't nowadays?). And that we'll find out that there's some odd preservative that Starbucks puts in their coffee that actually makes it more addicting than watching reality television but for now, I'll take whatever happiness I can get my hands on, no matter if it's manufactured or going to eventually cause me to end up in the Screen Actors' Home For The Aged (I've paid my dues all these years with nothing to show for it so I always say I'm going to make them take me into one of their senior homes so that at least I will have gotten something from paying my dues). I'll be walking around like the living dead with my cardboard Starbucks coffee cup in my hand saying, "Starbucks is made from people!" (Read that blog here...Have you ever tried getting off of the Starbucks? Well, I have...) Not a pretty future but I'm going to be like the young (or Scarlett O'Hara) and not worry about the future while I'm on my Starbucks Peppermint Mocha high. No, I'll just say. "Fiddle Dee Dee, I'll think about that tomorrow." as I make that undeniable noise that comes from sucking the last few drops with a straw from the bottom of a plastic cup with only ice and the last few remnants of the drink that was so delicious.

Sure in this day and age I'm sure it wouldn't be difficult to have my doctor put me on something to make me feel better about daily life but when I have all of you to read my rants (send cash...okay, so there's not a lot of this coming in but you can't blame a boy for trying) and Peppermint Mochas do I really need medication? Okay, don't answer that one. But do me a favor, the next time you feel kind of (or really) crappy about yourself or life in general go to the corner to your local Starbucks. Starbucks Peppermint Mocha...the new Prozac? - Don't Get Me Started!

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      Cory Zacharia 10 years ago

      That makes me feel so free!

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      somelikeitscott 10 years ago from Las Vegas

      Addiction loves company...screw the diet...go for the's okay to have a little fattitude when you're happy!! :)

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      Cory Zacharia 10 years ago

      Hi Scott, For some reason, I'm happy you're back to drinking coffee. I never wanted to say anything that sounded unsupportive, but I think coffee is one of life's great pleasures and didn't want to see you missing out. I hope that your balanced approach is bringing you happiness. I'm going to try the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha as soon as my crash diet permits. Hugs, C