2008-02-13 / Features

Starbucks Mochas, Lattes Offer Skinny Options

Don't let the bitter cold get to you- sweeten up your day with new guilt-free, "Skinny" options at Starbucks! Flurry into Starbucks for a new Skinny Mocha or a Skinny Latte! Just in time for the New Year, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) helps customers keep their resolutions without sacrificing flavor with the introduction of the "Skinny" platform, a nonfat Latte made with sugar-free syrup. Bringing the sugarfree syrups to the forefront of the menu, Starbucks is adding a new sugar-free syrup flavor- Mocha- to the already sweet selection of Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel, and Cinnamon Dolce. By simply ordering a Starbucks® Caffé Latte or Caffé Mocha "skinny", customers can satisfy their desire for something sweet while reducing calories and fat. What's also great about the Skinny is that it's customizable. While customers can walk into a store and order a Skinny Latte or a Skinny Mocha from a Barista, they can also make their own skinny beverages as five of Starbucks® syrups are now skinny.

The Skinny beverages (a tall Caffé Mocha or tall Caffé Latte ordered with nonfat milk and sugar-free syrup) have just 90 calories and naturally contain 30 percent of your recommended daily allowance of calcium and 9 grams of protein. A new addition to the sugar- (and guilt-!) free beverage lineup, the new Skinny Mocha is a rich, chocolaty way to keep up those resolutions into the New Year.

Not crazy for cocoa? You can still enjoy the flavors of a "skinny" beverage made with one of the many other delightful sugar-free flavors at Starbucks. Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce, Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut and now Mocha syrup are all available.

The "Skinny" On Starbucks® Caffé Mochas and Caffé Lattes

Made with Starbucks® signature espresso, the tall (12 fl. oz.) Caffé Latte or Caffé Mocha ordered with sugar-free syrup, perfectly steamed nonfat milk, and a dash of foam contains only 90 calories. If customers replace their daily tall Starbucks® Vanilla Latte with Starbucks® Skinny Vanilla Latte they would save 700 calories and 35 grams of fat per week. Swapping out a daily, tall Caffé Mocha (made with 2 percent milk and no whip) for a Skinny Mocha would save 550 calories and 30 grams of fat per week. (The recipes that follow aren't official drink titles, just our own favorites.)

The Spicy Skinny (Nonfat Cinnamon Dolce Latte with sugar-free syrup)

Indulge without guilt in this wintertime favorite made with Starbucks® signature espresso and the delicious flavors of swirling cinnamon. This delectable darling features the sweetness of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup, nonfat milk and foam with a topping of cinnamon dolce sprinkles.

The Smooth Skinny (Nonfat Vanilla Latte with sugar-free syrup)

A daily decadence without the remorse. Take a moment for yourself and sip this classic Caffé Latte with a hint of vanilla. Rich, yet tame, this silky smooth latte is made with Starbucks® fullbodied espresso, steamed nonfat milk and sugarfree vanilla syrup with foam on top.

The Sweet Skinny (Nonfat Caramel Latte with sugar-free syrup)

The creamy and buttery taste of caramel makes this latte- hand-crafted using Starbucks® bold espresso and steamed nonfat milk, sugar-free caramel syrup and a dollop of foam- a lighter, yet still delectable, treat.

The Savory Skinny (Nonfat Hazelnut Latte with sugar-free syrup)

Capped with foam, the warm and nutty flavor of hazelnut tickles this latte, made with Starbucks® premium espresso, steamed nonfat milk and sugar-free hazelnut syrup.

All four of these Starbucks® Skinny lattes come in at 90 calories each, with 0 grams of total fat, 0 grams of trans fat and 30 percent calcium.

Milk Does a Latte Good

Not only do Starbucks® Skinny Caffé Lattes and Skinny Caffé Mochas provide customers with that delicious sweet taste they desire without having to give up a thing, the drinks also provide the natural goodness of milk. A tall Skinny Latte or Skinny Mocha naturally contains 30 percent of recommended daily calcium and 9 grams of protein.

"Milk is a nutrient-rich food that provides nine essential nutrients. Research shows milk drinkers have an overall healthier diet, with higher intakes of calcium and other important nutrients compared to non-milk drinkers," Ann Marie Krautheim, registered dietitian and spokesperson with the National Dairy Council, said. "With two out of three Americans failing to meet their daily calcium recommendations, ordering a Caffé Latte or Caffé Mocha and asking for it 'skinny' helps you save about 100 calories while getting one of the recommended three servings of dairy needed daily."

Meeting Customers' Needs

The Skinny platform is one of the ways Starbucks is committed to meeting customers' desire for healthier options in 2008. The nutrition page on Starbucks.com is the most accessed page and growing in popularity- 10 million visits in the past four years, 3.5 million of which were in 2007 alone.

"We regularly hear from our partners that customers are cutting calories and seeking healthier options," Katie Thomson, a registered dietitian with Starbucks Coffee Company, said. "We understand how important overall wellness is to our customers and so we've made it easier for them to stick to their New Year's goals without giving up their daily coffee routine by introducing the Skinny platform. In fact, customers can consider replacing that sweet snack so many of them reach for in the afternoon with a Skinny Latte. Not only will they save on calories and fat, but they'll be getting an extra shot of calcium and protein to get them through the day."

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