The Worst Breakfast Beverages to Never Order at Fast Food Restaurants

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But your drink choice could sabotage your whole day. Many people grab a cup of joe on the way to work. Convenient? Yes. Healthy? Not always. These are the 10 most popular coffee beverages with major calorie counts. One of the worst offenders is a simple drink from Starbucks (page 10).

1. Frozen Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts

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Dunkin’ Donuts has a lot of bad beverage choices, too. | iStock.com
  • Calories: 600
  • Grams of sugar: 125
  • Grams of fat: 6

Thanks to widespread accessibility and convenience, Dunkin’ Donuts delivers more than just doughnuts to those with a sweet tooth. Beware of the Frozen Coffee. Despite a simple name, this drink packs 600 calories and 125 grams of sugar into a large serving.

2. Caramel Cooler, Caribou Coffee

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Is that drink worth it? | iStock.com
  • Calories: 720
  • Grams of sugar: 96
  • Grams of fat: 27

A whopping 720 calories for a medium drink — yikes! With hardly any nutritional value, the Caramel Cooler isn’t a good choice. This iced coffee is blended with caramel, then topped with whipped cream and more caramel. Did we mention it has 96 grams of sugar? Just say no.

3. Mocha Iced Capp, Tim Hortons

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Tim Hortons | Spencer Platt/Getty Images
  • Calories: 550
  • Grams of sugar: 62
  • Grams of fat: 28

Fans of this Canadian chain love its coffee and donuts. You’d think an iced version of Tim Hortons’ chocolate cappuccino is a healthier choice. But a medium Mocha Iced Capp is full of calories and additives. Instead, skip the sweeteners and opt for lighter dairy or a dairy alternative.

4. Chocolate & Caramel Swirl Javiva, Peet’s Coffee & Tea

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Decadent coffee with whipped cream is delicious, but it’s more like a dessert. | iStock.com
  • Calories: 400
  • Grams of sugar: 81
  • Grams of fat: 1

A 16-ounce Chocolate & Caramel Swirl Javiva is pure decadence. Creamy caramel and rich chocolate meet fresh-brewed coffee, all topped with whipped cream. At 400 calories, it can count as your whole breakfast.

5. Iced Caramel Latte, Panera Bread

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Panera also gets in on the decadent beverage game. | Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • Calories: 430
  • Grams of fat: 16

Who doesn’t love a latte in the A.M.? But you’re better off with an unsweetened version. The Iced Caramel Latte adds caramel to the creamy blend, equating to 430 calories and 16 grams of fat for a 20-ounce serving.

5. McCafé Frappé Chocolate Chip, McDonald’s

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This drink is basically just melted candy. | iStock.com
  • Calories: 500
  • Grams of sugar: 64
  • Grams of fat: 22

Caramel, chocolate chips, and a hint of coffee — yum! The McCafé Frappe Chocolate Chip makes our list as one of the most decadent drinks. There are 500 calories and 21 grams of fat in a small serving. Add a pile of whipped cream, and you have yourself a monster treat. 

6. Frozen Vanilla Latte, Krispy Kreme

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Who knew the drinks could be as bad as the doughnuts? | iStock.com
  • Calories: 410
  • Grams of sugar: 65
  • Grams of fat: 11

Krispy Kreme has been slinging calorie-packed donuts to sugar-crazed folks since 1937. Pastries aside, a 16-ounce Frozen Vanilla Latte comes in at 410 calories and 65 grams of sugar, making a doughnut-latte combo just about the worst thing you could order from this sugar factory.

7. French Vanilla Hot Cappuccino, Winchell’s Donut House

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A cappuccino | Sean Gallup/Getty Images
  • Calories: 490
  • Grams of sugar: 62
  • Grams of fat: 16

The largest donut chain on the West Coast, Winchell’s offers baked goods, sandwiches, and most importantly coffee. Caffeine-seekers in six states grab a cup of joe here, and many love the French Vanilla Cappuccino. Unfortunately, it’s a recipe for a sugar crash at nearly 500 calories and 62 grams of sugar.

8. Frozen Caramel Latte, Au Bon Pain

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A beverage with this much caramel just can’t be good for you. | iStock.com
  • Calories: 590
  • Grams of sugar: 90
  • Grams of fat: 20

With 590 calories and tons of sugar and fat, Au Bon Pain’s Frozen Caramel Latte is more dessert than breakfast. Add in unnatural, syrupy ingredients, and this drink will do nothing but derail you from a healthy diet.

9. Iced Green Mountain Coffee With Chocolate, Sonic

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Iced coffee can quickly go downhill when chocolate enters the picture.| iStock.com/jethita
  • Calories: 510
  • Grams of sugar: 56
  • Grams of fat: 19

Sonic isn’t a go-to coffee spot. The good news: They serve Green Mountain Coffee. The bad news: They’ve managed to add chocolate to a regular cup of joe. At 510 calories for a large, Iced Green Mountain Coffee with Chocolate isn’t the worst on our list, but it’s not good, either.

10. Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee, Starbucks

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Starbucks has some of the worst breakfast beverages. | Karen Bleier/Getty Images
  • Calories: 470
  • Grams of sugar: 66
  • Grams of fat: 18

As the McDonald’s of coffee shops, Starbucks has an overwhelming list of high-calorie menu items. At 470 calories for a 16-ounce cup, the Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee is much more than a shot of caffeine; it’s an entire meal — without the nutritional value.

11. Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie, Jamba Juice

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Peanut butter smoothies can be healthy, but not if you order them at Jamba Juice. | iStock.com
  • Calories: 770
  • Grams of sugar: 109
  • Grams of fat: 20

Most people consider a smoothie more of a meal but order something other than Jamba Juice’s Peanut Butter Moo’d. Peanut butter, frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate create a whopping 770-calorie medium drink with over 100 grams of sugar! You’re better off with a super green smoothie.

12. Mocha, Cosi

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Coffee drinks with chocolate and dairy are basically just hot chocolate for adults. | iStock.com/stevanovicigor
  • Calories: 463
  • Grams of sugar: 59
  • Grams of fat: 15

Cosi is a tasty option for those living in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest — unless you want a coffee drink. Some menu items skirt the line of healthier grab-and-go options. But the medium Mocha packs 463 calories.