Starbucks releases new green cup, but its not what you expect

Starbucks cup photographed on October 26, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo/Starbucks)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The frenzy around the Starbucks holiday cups is bigger than ever, and News Channel 8’s Lila Gross has the full scoop for you.

After the disappointment surrounding last year’s plain red cup for the holidays, customers we’re eager to see what kind of cup Starbucks would present this year.

However, customers were left startled Tuesday morning when they were handed green cups instead of the iconic red ones. News Channel 8’s Lila Gross got the full story behind these cups – straight from Starbucks.

Don’t fret yet because these are not the coveted holiday cups. A Starbucks spokesperson said these green cups are for a special promotion. Meanwhile, the annual “holiday plans are still under wraps.”

After repeated attempts to confirm the design of the upcoming red holiday cup, Starbucks declined to comment. However, some stealthy people have released photos of boxes piled up that say, “No Peeking until November 10.” These boxes believed to be holding the beloved holiday design cups.

One Reddit user, DasUberSquid, shared a photo of the supposed cup in the piled boxes, saying, “I peeked.” Users went wild.

Starbucks said the green cup, designed by artist Shogo Ota, is meant to be a symbol of unity representing humanity and connection.

What would you like to see on Starbuck’s red holiday cup this year? Chat with News Channel 8’s Lila Gross about it now on Facebook. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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