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Starbucks pulling Chantico

By Elizabeth M. Gillespie

Starbucks Corp. is pulling Chantico from its menu next month, only a year after it enthusiastically launched the calorie-laden chocolate drink. Audrey Lincoff, a spokeswoman for world’s largest specialty coffee retailer, said the company will start selling two new chocolate drinks in mid-February, but would not provide any further details Wednesday.

Some have complained that Chantico (pronounced chan-TEE-ko) is so rich it almost tastes like a melted chocolate bar, or as one anonymous barista phrased it on a Starbucks gossip Web log: “chocolate flavored lard in a cup.” Lincoff said she hasn’t heard such complaints and insists it’s attracted a loyal following in many markets.

Read the original article at: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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