Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I have something nice to say about Starbucks!

Who would have thunk it?

Starbucks has gone and created a fancy coffee that's not the caloric equivalent of a quarter-pounder.

It's called the "Skinny Latte" and it's made with skim milk and sugar-free syrup. They come in multiple flavours including cinnamon dolce, mocha, vanilla, hazelnut and caramel.

A tall version of any will run you about 90 calories.

Nice to have a lower calorie fancy option.

[Interesting side note:

CalorieLab reported on a Starbucks blog where a barista complained about the use of the term "skinny" and how she felt it was a politically incorrect term to use as it might be upsetting to folks who work at Starbucks who aren't skinny.

I wonder if she also worries about the use of the Starbucks cup-size terms short and tall?]

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  1. Anonymous11:29 am

    I actually dropped them a line a short time ago to let them know that I appreciated the fact that they make sugar-free syrups available for those of us who want an occasional sweet treat. I figure that if a company is actually doing something constructive that other companies aren't, we should let them know that it IS being noticed!


  2. Anonymous3:35 pm

    This Latte could have always been ordered with skim milk and sugar-free syrup- all you had to do was ask for it.

  3. Anonymous10:31 am

    I am uneasy about the sugar-free syrups. Is it not better just to have some real sugar and real cocoa powder in a mocha then some fake processed syrup, even with the extra calories?

  4. Anonymous4:32 pm

    What ingredients/chemicals are in the sugar-free syrup?

  5. Sugar free syrup - sure I will take it. If I am meeting up with a friend, and they want Starbucks... I like the idea of getting something fancy without breaking my calorie budget. Riffing off the post about black coffee, I even skip the milk and get an Americano with a shot of some exotic syrup that is hard to replicate at home.