Starbucks Is Giving Away Reusable Cups All Day Today—Here's How to Get One

Starbucks
Starbucks

If you can't nix your coffee-a-day habit but still want to cut down on waste, Starbucks is giving you a perfectly good excuse to order a latte today. As The Seattle Times reports, any customer who orders a holiday beverage at Starbucks today will receive a free reusable cup (while supplies last, of course). The all-red holiday cup features the Starbucks logo in green and a white lid.

The holiday beverages on offer include old favorites like the Peppermint Mocha, which has been brought back for the 16th year, as well as a Toasted White Chocolate Mocha plus Caramel Brulée, Chestnut Praline, Gingerbread, and Eggnog Lattes.

The free reusable cup promotion is the coffee chain's latest push to promote sustainable choices. "We're really trying to create a habit here," Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer told The Seattle Times.

Already have a reusable holiday cup? If you bring it in between November 3 (after 2 p.m.) and January 7, you'll save 50 cents on any grande-sized holiday beverage (that's a 40-cent increase from the company's usual discount offer). And if you can't make it to Starbucks today, you'll still be able to score a reusable holiday cup after the giveaway ends. It will cost you $2.50, though.

Starbucks also debuted its new disposable holiday cups, which are often scrutinized for being "too Christmas-y or not Christmas-y enough," The Seattle Times notes. This year, they feature a classic green and red color scheme with subtle holiday motifs like ribbons, holly, and stars. There's also a retro houndstooth cup, which everyone can get behind. Regardless of which design you get, there's no guarantee the barista will get your name right.

[h/t The Seattle Times]

The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

Apple/Amazon
Apple/Amazon

Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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Paqui Tortilla Chips, the World's Spiciest Chip, Is Sold One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges in 2016, 2017, and 2019, the company is re-releasing the sadistic snack for 2020. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, which is largely considered the world’s hottest pepper, and this year will also include a bit of Scorpion Pepper and Sichuan Peppercorns, just to give it some extra kick. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny, coffin-shaped box.

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video from a previous year's #OneChipChallenge:

While the chip, which retails for $6.99, has only been sold on Paqui’s website in past years, this year it will be available at select retail stores across the country, including 7-Eleven and Kroger. The chip will hit shelves on September 22 (just beware that they sell out quickly).

The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or videos of their attempts to finish the chip using the hashtag #OneChipChallenge. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

This story has been updated for 2020.