You Won’t Believe How Many Calories Are in Starbucks Frappuccinos
Ever wonder how many calories are in Starbucks Frappuccinos? We hate to break it to you, but some have more than the coffee mecca’s Egg & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich. Whether a Caramel Frappuccino is your go-to morning order, or you’ve decided to indulge in a Starbucks Happy Hour deal, the number of calories these blended beverages boast is enough to make you say “holy frap!”
How much sugar is in Starbucks Frappuccinos?
We’ve all been there: Standing in line at Starbucks, waiting to order a cup of coffee while the person in front of us asks for a mouth-watering frozen coffee treat. Without skipping a beat, the devil on our shoulder whispers sweet nothings about caramel and mocha into our ear, and we are pining for a Mocha Frappuccino.
Albeit delicious, Starbucks Frappuccinos come loaded with sugar. To put things into perspective, Starbucks most simple Frappuccino — a Coffee Frappuccino — has 36 to 69 grams of sugar, depending on the size. On the other hand, a Caramel Frappuccino has a whopping 46 to 84 grams of sugar, and a Mocha Frappuccino has 42 to 80 grams of sugar.
The harmful effects of sugar on the body are astounding. For one, sugar is a key component of weight gain, and sugary beverages (such as Starbucks Frappuccinos and soda) are believed to be one of the main culprits of obesity. In addition to weight gain, sugar has a direct connection to heart disease, diabetes, skin aging, cellular aging, and might also increase the risk of cancer, depression, and dementia.
How many calories are in Starbucks Frappuccinos?
If the sugar doesn’t scare you, the calories sure will. Starbucks Frappuccinos are less like a coffee beverage and more like a milkshake from your favorite diner. Although Frappuccinos are arguably better for you — some Johnny Rockets milkshakes have over 1,000 calories — the mere fact that they have more calories than a greasy breakfast sandwich is concerning. Take a look at some of the Starbucks Frappuccinos with the most calories, below.
- Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino: 540
- Ultra Caramel Frappuccino: 540 calories
- Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino: 550 calories
- Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino: 580 calories
- Java Chip Frappuccino: 600 calories
- Red Velvet Cake Crème Frappuccino: 600 calories
Editor’s note: Calories based on venti size.
How to make a Starbucks Frappuccino less fattening
Despite their outrageous calories, we can’t help but indulge in a Starbucks Frappuccino from time to time. Luckily, the coffee mecca has a list of tips on how to make a Starbucks Frappuccino less fattening. For starters, whipped cream is the first thing that needs to go. According to the company’s website, opting out of whipped cream can save you between 80 to 110 calories, depending on drink size.
In addition to whipped cream, Starbucks recommends asking for nonfat or dairy-free milk — such as almond or coconut milk — to help lower calorie and fat count. You can also ask for sugar-free syrup and fewer pumps to reduce calories (and sweetness!).
To make things easier, Starbucks has a special code name for “skinny” Frappuccinos. If you want a Frappuccino sans the whip, whole milk, and sugary syrup, request it to be made “light.”
Starbucks Frappuccinos that are 150 calories or less
Want a light Frappuccino without the complicated order? Take note of the Starbucks Frappuccinos are that 150 calories or less:
- Caramel Light Frappuccino: 100 calories
- Chai Crème Frappuccino: 140 calories
- Mocha Light Frappuccino: 110 calories
- Java Chip Light Frappuccino: 150 calories
- Espresso Frappuccino: 150 calories
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