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I have gone over to the dark side: the deep, dark, chocolate side...

Mrs. Smith | Feb 24, 200510:56 PM

Ah, Chantico.

Okay -- so I'm thinking I'm all fancy since I've lost my baby weight (really I'm just too busy with our 10-month old son to cook and eat as much as I did before), but then, my sister let the cat out of the bag.

I also avoid Starbucks, just because it's a giant chain and I try to patronize Tully's or Peet's instead, or various independent neighborhood places.

But Starbuck's has this new Chantico Drinking Chocolate beverage, and it's worth skipping a meal to have one.

Yes, it has 390 calories and something like 21 grams of fat, so it's definitely a dessert (or non-healthy meal replacement) rather than just a beverage.

Oh, the flavor. The thick, almost savory quality to the chocolate. The way the heat delivers the flavor in an even more intense way. The delightful aftertaste that lasts and lasts....

This is becoming dangerous habit. If you like chocolate, and, especially, hot drinking chocolate, you must go directly to 'bucks and get one of these.

They only come in one size -- 6 ounces -- and believe me that is more than enough.

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