It’s no secret that Starbucks has had the drink game on lock for decades. From producing soothing coffee and tea to delectable hot chocolate and their famous Frappuccinos, the brand has a tendency to be right on target with creating drinks fans will love. Though it may be difficult to believe that Starbucks would want to remove any of their beloved drinks from their menu—especially when they’ve built up a cult following—there have been plenty of instances where this has happened. And, in some rare cases, where it was needed. Here are 15 Starbucks drinks you probably forgot existed and, for some, quite possibly want to come back.
Released at the top of 2005, the Chantico was essentially a more chocolatey version of the company’s hot chocolate beverage. Touted as a “drinkable dessert” by CNN upon its release, the drink was also criticized for its high caloric count, which was 390 calories for a mere six ounces. What a time!
Cherries Jubilee Mocha
Available in certain markets during the 2014 holiday season, the Cherries Jubilee Mocha was released alongside the Chestnut Praline Latte. Although there isn’t much information on why it was pulled so quickly, we can only assume that it didn’t test well in the few markets it was released in.
A former member of the Starbucks fall lineup in the United States, the Maple Macchiato didn’t stay on the menu too long. The drink was phased out of the U.S. market in 2012.
Tazo Tea Infusions
If you were ever wondering what Tazo Tea and a latte taste like mixed together, you clearly missed the Tazo Tea Infusions line from Starbucks back in 2009. Only available in two flavors—Berry Chai and Apple Chai Infusions—and marketed in 2008 as the drink encouraging ”consumers to take a much needed break,” these drinks didn’t last long.
Frappuccino Juice Blends
Debuted during the summer of 2006, the Pomegranate and Tangerine Frappuccino juice blends were made with fruit juice and freshly-brewed Tazo tea. Described as “the perfect summer refresher” and drinks to “keep summer sizzlin’” by BusinessWire upon their release, the drinks eventually sizzled right off the menu. (Pictured is the Mango Passionfruit Blended Frapp that still exists outside of the U.S.)
Though there’s not much information about when it hit the menu or when it exactly got removed, the Honey Latte was not a favorite amongst Starbucks fans. Made with honey syrup, espresso milk, whipped cream, and more honey, this seasonal choosing wasn’t quite the success the chain hoped it to be.
In 2008, Starbucks took their love for making drinkable desserts to another level. The Sorbetto—their drinkable version of sorbet—was a frozen drink was packed with sugar. Tested in the Southern California market, the drink was dropped from the menu just a short year later. According to Reuters (via Business Insider), the drink “failed to wow consumers and cleaning the machine that dispensed Sorbetto was a bane to baristas, who complained that it added about 45 minutes to closing duties.” Oof.
Not a drink sold exclusively in Starbucks locations, the Mazagran was an interesting venture between the chain and PepsiCo. Sold in convenience and grocery stores, the coffee and soda hybrid was described as a “sparkling coffee” on its packaging when it debuted in 1994. The drink was eliminated the following year and was replaced with their still-famous bottled Frappuccinos.
Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino
Released under the Frappuccino Blended Crème beverage line in 2002, the Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino premiered alongside the Vanilla Bean, Double Chocolate Chip, and Chai Crème Frappuccinos. Those, however, are still available on the menu. (Pictured is the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino which is also still on menus.)
Mocha Coconut Frappuccino
Debuted in 2002, the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino has been brought back a few times over the years. Made with blended coffee, coconut syrup, mocha sauce, milk, whipped cream, mocha drizzle, and chocolate flakes, the drink reappeared on the menu in both 2011 and 2015. Though it’s not currently available, since it’s already been brought back before, fans of the drink might have hope it’ll hit stores a fourth time.
Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino
Pushed as “the last sip of summer,” in its press release, the Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino made its way onto the Starbucks menu and into fans’ hearts in 2015. Combining strawberries, strawberry juice, vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk and ice, and topped with whipped cream, the Frapp became popular amongst loyalists.
Appearing during the Halloween season of 2017, the Zombie Frappuccino was actually only available from October 26 to October 31 in select locations throughout the United States and Canada. Made with Frappuccino Crème and infused with flavors of tart apple and caramel and topped with pink whipped cream and red mocha drizzle, the drink was the brand’s attempt at recreating the success of its Unicorn Frappuccino from earlier in the year.
Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade
Announced in 2015, the coveted Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade grew in popularity during the summer months. Though many people loved the drink, the conglomerate removed it from menus around 2018.
Nabbing headlines in 2016, the Chile Mocha was set to impress Starbucks lovers everywhere. Initially rolled out in conjunction with the thirteenth (!) run of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the drink was made with espresso and steamed milk infused with a cocoa and cinnamon powder, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and finished with a sprinkle of chile mocha topping consisting of ancho and cayenne chile pepper, cinnamon, paprika, sugar and a touch of sea salt. Sounds delicious, right? Well, it wasn’t good enough to be brought back. Just one year later, after a Twitter user questioned whether or not the Chile Mocha would be coming back that fall,Starbucks suggested they try the PSL instead. Sigh.
Berry Sangria Iced Tea
If the Berry Sangria Iced Tea was the drink you heard all of your friends ranting and raving about back in the summer of 2016, then I’m sorry to tell you, you’ve missed out on your chance to taste it. Made with a Teavana Iced Passion Tango Tea base, sangria syrup and fresh blackberries, orange slices and apple juice, this drink was a favorite amongst many. And while it was a quite popular option, the brand announced in 2017 via Twitter that it would not be returning. Very, very disappointing.
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