“It’s just one of those things that brings me joy.”

I just heard my husband woop and holler from across the house, "It's back!" He quickly explained he was referring to Chick-fil-A's Peppermint Chip Milkshake, which he counts as one of the first signals of the holiday season. Ask him about it and he'll go on about how it hits just the right ratio of chocolate to peppermint and how he tries to limit this indulgence to just a one-time-per-season treat, but fails miserably every single year. More importantly though, he says this milkshake brings him, and this is a direct quote, "pure joy." I don't know what that says about me and our children and how we fit into the spectrum of harbingers of festive feelings, but I'll try not to make this about us.

Just minutes ago, Chick-fil-A emailed its faithful followers to announce the seasonal return of the Peppermint Chip Milkshake on Monday, November 1, 2021. That's right, we've got a few more days to wait, but at least we have Halloween to help us pass the time. Not to mention memories of pepperminty, chocolatey goodness to build the anticipation.

Chick-fil-A Peppermint Mocha Milkshake
Credit: Chick-fil-A

According to The Chicken Wire, the secret in the shake is Chick-fil-A's hand-spun method. It lends that homemade taste that many have tried to replicate but few have pulled off quite so successfully as our beloved CFA. Topped with whipped cream, a cherry, and one of those iconic red straws, this is one holiday treat worth running out for. Just make sure you get there before my superfan and the rest of the peppermint-loving crew snatch up every last one of these merry milkshakes.

Of all the holiday traditions we've started with our children, this is probably by far the easiest to pull off. We'll snag a few to shouts of joy on our way back from picking out our Christmas tree—easy peasy. And, yep, we sure do drive-thru with a tree on the roof.