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7 Holiday Items Vanishing From Menus This Year

Don't get your hopes up about these holiday-themed treats.
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Chick-fil-A's Peppermint Chip Milkshake. Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte. There are some seasonal favorites that fans can count on returning to chain restaurant menus each year. (What better way to mark the passing of each season than with seasonal treats?) But not every seasonal item, however beloved, has stood the test of time.

With pumpkin season in full swing and the holidays around the corner, we're taking a look back at some of the seasonal and holiday menu items vanishing from chain restaurants this year. Hopefully, we haven't seen the last of them.

And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

1

Olive Garden Chunkin' Pumpkin Cheesecake

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There's still a Pumpkin Cheesecake on the Olive Garden menu this year, but it's not the chocolate-pumpkin hybrid fans have come to know and love. The current iteration is a pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce and whipped cream—still delicious, but bad news for chocolate lovers.

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2

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

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Last year, Starbucks discontinued the gingerbread latte, and fans were not pleased. If gingerbread is your favorite holiday coffee flavor, though, rest assured that you can still get a gingerbread latte at Dunkin'.

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3

Shake Shack Chocolate Peppermint Shake

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Chocolate and peppermint seem to make their way into all kinds of drinks come November and December. So why did Shake Shack remove this seasonal treat from its winter lineup? This year, the chain is offering the Chocolate Spice Shake, but it won't please diners looking for that minty goodness.

4

Jack in the Box Pumpkin Shake

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Jack in the Box's current menu features pumpkin spice coffee, but there's no sign of the legendary pumpkin-flavored shake. "You know what I miss? The jack in the box pumpkin spice shake," one fan tweeted in September. Same.

5

Subway Apple Pie Cookies

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When you can't have a slice of fresh-baked apple pie, Subway's apple pie cookies were the next best thing. Sadly, the only cookies on Subway's current menu are chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia nut, and raspberry cheesecake.

6

Sonic Pecan Pie Funnel

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This holiday-themed Sonic treat debuted in 2016, with guests either loving or hating it. Don't worry, though—there are plenty of other blasts and milkshakes still on Sonic's menu.

7

Starbucks Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

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Back in 2016, Starbucks launched the spiced sweet cream cold brew, which was flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and vanilla, according to Delish. It's not on the holiday menu this year, but there are still plenty of other holiday classics, like the peppermint mocha.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more