B.C. woman throws caution, health to the wind in thick, hot, steaming challenge


ABOVE: Kern has trained for several previous holiday seasons to achieve sufficient conditioning.
Photo: Ben+Sam, flickr. 

VANCOUVER—In the growing trend of food-based challenges, a Burnaby-area woman has vowed to drink one Venti eggnog latte from Starbucks every day in December.

“I like to push myself and this seems like a good holiday goal,” said freelance copywriter Susan Kern.  “You hear about people eating at Olive Garden twice daily for six weeks, or drinking ten Cokes a day or that guy who ate nothing but McDonalds for a month and you think I can do that, too.”

Made of eggnog, milk and espresso and initially conceived by a drunken barista, the eggnog latte has been on the Starbucks holiday roster since 1986.  The coffee chain dropped the drink earlier this month in an effort to simplify its menu, but the public reacted with outrage.  Starbucks spokesbarista Kenneth Yee explained, “It became immediately obvious that our customers love the eggnog latte and they weren’t going to let it go without a fight.  Now we can bring it back and look like heroes, just as we planned all along.”

One woman’s challenge is another woman’s regular, as thousands of loyal Starbucks customers will unwittingly follow in Kern’s footsteps.  Over the course of a month, the drinks are expected to add up to about $150 per person.  It is also projected that the group will gain between four and five pounds apiece and add ten points each to their overall cholesterol.

Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan

I grew up in the USA, but don’t hold that against me because I’m also Canadian.

Just think of me as the mole.

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