Seasonal Drinks at Gloria Jean’s Coffees + Giveaway

Gloria Jeans ReviewIf you have stopped by My Highest Self more than once, you already know that coffee is part of who I am.  What you don’t know is where that coffee obsession began.  I can trace it back about 20 years when I was working a great job in Downtown Chicago.  My co-worker and I became great friends and she introduced me to Gloria Jean’s coffee shop.  Our drink of choice was a Mocha Chiller back then and it quickly became our afternoon treat almost every day!  From those days on, I was hooked on coffee drinks.  Coffee is still my favorite way to treat myself.  If you are not familiar with Gloria Jean’s Coffees they are known for “starting with the bean”.  That means they started out dealing with the best coffee beans and coffees (as well as gifts) and branched out from there to specialty drinks, food, and more.  You would think that all coffee shops started out this way, but it’s not true.  Some of our most popular coffee retailers started out just the opposite.  Every Gloria’s Jeans coffee starts with only the finest 100% Arabica beans from exotic locations around the globe.  Those premium beans are custom roasted to their exclusive flavor profiles designed specifically for each coffee.  What this means is that Gloria Jean’s truly has a special brand and a special flavor to their coffees.

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Sleigh Ride ChillerLast week, I was invited to my local Gloria Jean’s to try their seasonal drinks and a few of their menu items.  I’m no stranger to this location at my local mall, as it’s only 5 minutes away from me.  They treated me to a tasting of three of their seasonal drinks, Sleigh Ride Cookie, Macadoodle and Sugar Cookie, each available hot or as a Chiller.  It was tough to decide which was my favorite, but I’ll be ordering one of these on my next visit.  With the holidays, I’ve been at the mall about twice a week, so I’m looking forward to my stop at Gloria Jean’s.  Turkey Bacon Egg Cheese Ciabatta

Chicken Pesto PaniniI was pleased to try the Turkey Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich and found it to be absolutely delicious.  I am a new convert to turkey bacon for sure.  The Chicken Breast & Pesto Panini was also fantastic, with chicken, pesto aioli, and Havarti cheese.  Yum!  I confess I never realized Gloria Jean’s offered such great breakfast and lunch options. IMG_3607 IMG_3608IMG_3609 IMG_3611 IMG_3614 IMG_3615 IMG_3622 TeaForteBesides the great coffee and food, Gloria Jean’s is filled with great gift ideas this time of year.  You can find a large selection of mugs, gourmet coffee gift sets, teas and tons more to gift anyone on your list.  Why not treat yourself to something while you’re at it?


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The people at Gloria Jean’s Coffees generously provided a gift basket for one lucky winner at My Highest Self!



One winner will receive the Gloria Jean’s gift basket below that includes Christmas Morning Whole Bean Coffee, Mocha Peppermint Whole Bean Coffee, a travel mug, and a coffee mug.GloriaJeansGiveaway


Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, age 18 and up.  Official rules here.

Easy Entry:  Leave a comment below and tell me something about coffee!  Ideas:  When did your love of coffee begin?  Have you tried Gloria Jean’s before? What’s your favorite coffee drink?

Product samples and prize provided by PR for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

Giveaway ends December 23, 2015 at Midnight, Central Time. I will choose ONE winner at random.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond, if the winner does not respond a new winner will be chosen.  GOOD LUCK!!


  1. Starla B
    December 20, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    All of that looks and sounds so good. My love of coffee began at a very young age while trying to sneak huge gulps of my moms coffee when I burnt my mouth, lol. I have loved it ever since. Lately I have been loving it with a bit of whipped cream 🙂

  2. Paol Trenny
    December 20, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    I love coffee. My siblings and I grew up drinking cafe au lait with frenchbread. We used to dip the bread into the coffee and that was our weekend morning treat.

  3. December 20, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    I LOVE Gloria Jean’s coffee!! I don’t get to drink it as often as I’d like to anymore, being a college frugal student. My favorite drink would have to be either the Authentic Mocha Java or Kenya Aa… so good! Happy Holidays xx

  4. Megan Zuchowski
    December 19, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    I have loved it since I was a little kid!!

  5. Natalie Brown
    December 18, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I only started drinking coffee about 10 years ago when companies started offering chilled/iced coffee. Now, I make a pot of coffee at night and put it in the refrigerator to cool. Then, in the morning, I add creamer and sweetener. Delicious!!

  6. Valerie C.
    December 18, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    I love this brand! When I lived in Connecticut, there was one nearby. I miss it.
    They make the best flavored coffees!

  7. Cynthia Richardson
    December 18, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    I didn’t begin drinking coffee until my late ’30s when I attended law school. I started out with the frou-frou mocha concoctions and worked my way up to dark roast. Now I hit the nearby coffee kiosk every morning.

  8. Linh N.
    December 18, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    I usually like a good cup of regular coffee with milk. And for indulgence purposes, instead of milk, I would put a dollop of ice cream instead.

  9. melissa a
    December 18, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    i’ve never tried gloria dean’s before but it looks so yummy! i always have a cup of black coffee in the morning, but i have a sweet spot for peppermint mochas in the winter <3

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