November 06, 2014 12:15 PM

Courtesy Starbucks

It was like The Grinch Who Stole the Eggnog Latte but with a happy, tasty ending.

When Starbucks unceremoniously decided to streamline its upcoming seasonal menu and not include its Eggnog Latte — which had been offered every holiday season since 1986 — customers were enraged. The drink, made with spiced eggnog, espresso and nutmeg, had become a favorite nationwide.

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But after the (caffeine-fueled?) outcry, the coffee giant quickly wiped up the mess and announced it would offer the drink after all.

How popular was it? As one latte lover Tweeted, “That is why I gained 8 lbs last season!”

The fan favorite will be joining Starbucks’s signature trio of seasonal coffees — Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Latte and the Caramel Brulée Latte — along with the recently-announced Chestnut Praline Latte, which is the first new Starbucks holiday beverage in five years.

The Eggnog Latte is already being offered to customers in the Pacific Northwest; the rest of the country’s eggnog aficionados will have to wait until November 17 to get their fix.

Perhaps some customers will trek to Seattle for a sip? After this backlash, we can’t say we wouldn’t be surprised.

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—Nancy Mattia

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