Friday, February 10, 2006

sometimes you can just see it coming

iced decaf triple grande non-fat extra caramel caramel macchiato? fine. "chantico drinking chocolate?" well, not so much.

"In a rare flop for the fast-growing No. 1 coffee shop chain, Chantico was pulled from Starbucks' menu in January, a year after its introduction, spokesman Alan Hilowitz said.

Described as "a drinkable dessert," Chantico resembled the thick, sweet hot chocolate found in European cafes but was only available without any variations in a 6-ounce size.

In the end, that limitation irked customers who are used to dictating not only the size of their lattes and cappuccinos, but also whether they want regular or decaf coffee, non-fat, whole or soy milk, sugar-free or regular flavor shots, and even extras like whipped cream and caramel." (from reuters, via yahoo news)
or maybe here's why. this is the nutrition information pulled directly from big green's website. pay attention to the calories line...the line that says that you're getting fully one-third of your total recommended intake of calories in that little six ounce drink.

Serving Size 6 fl. oz.

Amt Per Serving
Calories 390
Fat Calories 190
Total Fat (g) 21
Saturated Fat (g) 10
Cholesterol (mg) 25
Sodium (mg) 105
Total Carbohydrates (g) 51
Fiber (g) 6
Sugars (g) 40
Protein (g) 11
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 25%
Iron 30%

pretty nuts, huh? i once heard of a fellow who would order this in a venti (that's 20 fl. oz. in real world parlance) cup every day. every day. prudence would dictate having this guy sign some sort of release first.

chantico today. what's next? online dating services? or maybe selling movies at their outlets? it's like i've said before, if you open your arms too wide you won't be able to embrace anything well.


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