A Starbucks employee revealed what looks like this year's red holiday cups

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Starbucks' red cups aren't due to hit coffee shops until November. But a tipster recently revealed a photo of what appears to be the coffee giant's annual celebratory cups.

On Thursday, Reddit user DasUberSquid posted a photo of the cup in the r/Starbucks subreddit, with the title "I peeked."

I peeked.

The cups feature an abstract pattern with a bird and holly leaves.

We reached out to Starbucks on whether or not these are actually the 2016 holiday cups, but the company did not confirm.

RELATED: Starbucks cups through the years

8 PHOTOS
Starbucks cups, different looks through the years
See Gallery
Starbucks cups, different looks through the years
CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA - 2015/09/13: Coffee cup on table in a Starbucks cafe. Starbucks is streamlining the ordering process so customers are able to get that cup of coffee faster than usual. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A cappuccino coffee sits in a Starbucks Corp. Reserve cup, used for specialist coffee, on the counter at a Starbucks coffee shop in London, U.K., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Coffee futures fell the most in seven months after Colombia announced measures that will increase exports, spurred by the plight of farmers in the country who are dealing with drought conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
BEIJING, CHINA - 2014/12/24: A paper coffee cup and Starbucks logo. Starbucks will continue its expansion in China in 2015 and double its China store count to 3,000 by 2019. In its first-quarter fiscal report, the coffee giant shows optimistic expectation for its robust expansion plans in 2015. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A Starbucks employee writes a message on a cup of freshly brewed coffee at a local store in Washington, DC on December 26, 2012. Starbucks stirred the political pot Wednesday by urging its baristas to write 'come together' on its cups as a way to pressure US lawmakers to compromise on a deal to avert a year-end fiscal crisis. Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz said the American coffee giant was recommending its first-ever message on the side of tall, grande and venti (small, medium and large) drinks sold at its Washington stores as a way to help break the capital's gridlock on the so-called 'fiscal cliff.' Lawmakers and the White House have less than a week to work out a deal aimed at preventing tax hikes from hitting all Americans and a series of deep, mandated spending cuts from kicking in beginning January 1. AFP PHOTO/Eva HAMBACH (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
A Starbucks coffee cup is seen in this photo taken August 12, 2009. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI - JANUARY 18: In this photo illustration, the new Starbucks 31-ounce Trenta size ice coffee is seen on the right next to a tall cup of Starbucks coffee on January 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Starbucks rolled out the newest member of its lineup of drinks which is available only for Tazo shaken iced teas, iced tea lemonades and iced coffees. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMEBR 26: Starbucks Coffe Company's news product 'Starbucks Discoveries'(Espressso (L), Latte (R)) are seen during a preview party on September 26, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan. 'Starbucks Discoveries' is the company's first chilled cup coffee product which will be available at convenience stores on September 27 in Japan with the same coffee beans used at Starbucks stores. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

This isn't the only new cup that Starbucks is rolling out. Business Insider received a photo of a green cup that Starbucks is planning to roll out in early November — possibly as part of the company's attempt to encourage customers to vote.

Starbucks Green CupReddit user DasUberSquid

Plus, there are rumors that there are other red cups on the way this holiday season. Reddit user said in a comment there will be at least three designs for the cups.

A number of other Starbucks employees have recently posted photos of boxes of holiday cups arriving at their stores. The boxes say "No peeking until November 10."

Hmmmm I wonder.... #starbucks #redcups

A post shared by Kevin J. Bonnington (@kevinjbonnrealtor) on

Every year, Starbucks reveals a new design for its red holiday cups. Last year's cup stirred up controversy for not being Christmas-y enough.

In November, American evangelist and internet personality Joshua Feuerstein posted a video on Facebook saying that Starbucks "removed Christmas from their cups," by picking a minimalist red design. This sparked a small movement in which customers asked baristas to write "Merry Christmas" on their cups, but most of the backlash was directed at Feuerstein.

Ultimately, the scandal did little to hurt Starbucks' holiday sales. The company had "by far" the strongest holiday in its history, CEO Howard Schultz said in a company earnings call in January.

NOW WATCH: 'This was such a bad idea': We tried the spiciest tortilla chip in the world

See Also:

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

Cops Catch Up To A Suspicious Speeding Vehicle - And Make An Appalling Discovery Inside Cops Catch Up To A Suspicious Speeding Vehicle - And Make An Appalling Discovery Inside
Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts
If You Find One Of These In Your Yard, Don't Touch It - And Try Not To Panic If You Find One Of These In Your Yard, Don't Touch It - And Try Not To Panic
Search Recipes