If 14 Seasonal Sips Were Candies: How Much Sugar Are You Drinking?
Gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog, oh my! As pumpkin season makes its exit, flavors of the holidays begin to populate the menus of our favorite cafes and restaurants. We may think we’re doing our bodies some favors by opting for coffee beverages over a big hunk of chocolate or a few holiday cookies, but these “drinks” are more dessert than anything else, and you might be surprised to learn just how sugary they are.
Read on to learn just how many candy bars’ worth of sugar the seasonal sips from your favorite cafes are costing you. All data has been gathered from the official cafe or candy manufacturer’s website, unless otherwise specified.
1. Eggnog Latte
The Starbucks Eggnog Latte is loaded with fats and sugars, taking after its creamy namesake. It may taste delicious, but you have to ask yourself whether a Grande Eggnog Latte is worth the 48 grams of sugar (not to mention the 460 calories!) it contains. That’s actually two more grams of sugar than an entire bag of Original Skittles!
2. Peppermint Mocha
Creamy chocolate and smooth mint flavors are combined in this warm seasonal drink. But be warned: The Peppermint Mocha will slam you with a whopping 54 grams of sugar in just 16 ounces. That’s the sugary equivalent to two full-size Snickers bars!
3. Chestnut Praline Latte
The Chestnut Praline Latte may be a new-for-2014 release, but it follows in the nutritional footsteps of its predecessors. A 16-ounce cup of the beverage contains 39 grams of sugar, which is — believe it or not — 1 more gram than you’d get from eating two full-size Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars with Almonds.
4. Caramel Brulée Latte
With the words “caramel brulée” in the title, it’s safe to assume you’ll be diving into something sweet. The Caramel Brulée Latte, in all its 440-calorie glory, packs in 52 grams of sugar. That’s two more grams than you’d get by eating 20 York Peppermint Patty Minis.
5. Gingerbread Latte
Given how decadent the Gingerbread Latte is, it’s probably a good thing that it’s only available at this time of year. The beverage contains 39 grams of sugar, which is three more grams than you’d find in a full-size 3 Musketeers bar.
6. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
7. Sugar Cookie Latte
Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out cookie-flavored lattes for 2014, and a medium-size (16-ounce) Sugar Cookie Latte contains 53 grams of sugar — that’s the equivalent of about two full-size Baby Ruth bars, reports Find the Best.
8. Snickerdoodle Latte
Dunkin’s other cookie-flavored release is the Snickerdoodle Latte, which packs 51 grams of sugar into its 16 ounces. You can find the same amount of sugar in three packages of Peanut Butter Twix, reports Find the Best.
9. Mint Chocolate Chip Mocha
10. Caramel Candy Latte
Seattle’s Best is, again, a bit off the nutritional mark with this 380-calorie Caramel Candy Latte, which delivers 46 grams of sugar in its 16 ounces. That’s about the same as feasting on 18 Hershey’s Kisses.
11. Hazelnut Creme Latte
As far as these “coffee” dessert drinks all go, the Hazelnut Creme Latte doesn’t fare too poorly in the calorie department, with just 260 calories per 16 ounces. Don’t get too comfortable with that choice, though, as it also packs in 48 grams of sugar — that’s as much as two full packages (that’s four sticks) of Twix bars.
12. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
New Englanders and Canadians can’t live without their Tim Hortons, but hopefully they’ll make an exception for the devastatingly unhealthy Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. Per 16 ounces, this drink contains a staggering 68 grams of sugar, reports the Daily Beast. Even if you ate three full-size packs of Starburst, you’d come up two grams short of that sugar count.
13. Ho Ho Mint Mocha
The Ho Ho Mint Mocha‘s name is much cuter than its, frankly horrendous nutrition facts. A 16-ounce serving contains 75 grams of sugar! (That’s the most of any on this list, for those of you keeping track.) Alternately, you could nosh on three full-size Nestle Crunch bars and you’d still have 3 grams of sugar left to spare.
14. Fa La Latte
The Fa La Latte offers just as adorable a moniker with only slightly less offensive nutrition facts to go along with it. A 16-ounce cup of the drink packs in 63 grams of sugar, which is about the same as three full packages (that’s six cups) of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.