Next time you want to grab a coffee at Starbucks, make sure you’re not also grabbing a meal’s worth of calories. Because fall is one of Starbucks’ busiest seasons (we have the PSL to thank for this), here’s a polite warming to make sure you’re still alive by Christmas.
There are many junk food drinks on the Starbucks menu, but one outdoes the rest. Here’s a few hints: It was once a “secret menu item” that became a regular drink on the Starbucks menu in 2015. A grande size (16 oz) contains more than 500 calories, 16 grams of fat and a day’s worth of sugar (about 85 grams). If you order a pastry with this drink, you should consider changing your Facebook status to “It’s Complicated” before you start shacking up with hospital staff full-time. The drink in question? The Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino.
Unlike an iced coffee, a Frappuccino is more like a coffee milkshake made with a pre-mixed base (sugar), syrups (sugar), sauces (sugar) and usually topped with whipped cream (sugar). They’re freaking delicious, but also incredibly unhealthy, unless you’re Buddy the Elf.
By comparison, a grande Red Velvet Cake Frappuccino, which sounds like it would be even worse, contains 480 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 70 grams of sugar, according to CheatSheet.com. A grande White Chocolate Mocha is a near equal offender clocking in at 430-calories and 18 grams of fat.
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A few tips to keep the flavor but lighten the load: order skim milk or better yet, soy milk, which is creamier. Skip the whip. And order a small. Or if you want to go the other route, a grande Coffee Light Frappucino only has 110 calories (and zero fat). And an iced grande Cinnamon Dolce latte has even less calories (plus, most stores offer a sugar free Cinnamon Dolce syrup).
But let’s be real. The real prize in any Starbucks coffee drink is the espresso, and that’s zero calories. Get yourself a double shot on ice and call it good. Maybe a little jittery, but good.