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Starbucks Holiday Drinks Breakdown

When you're out running holiday errands, do you stop at Starbucks for a little pick-me-up? Let me tell you: Those cups are full of more than holiday cheer; some of the drinks pack in an amazing amount of calories and fat into a 16 ounce cup. Not surprisingly, that Eggnog Latte is the worst offender, but thankfully it doesn't come with whipped cream. Even without the extra dollop of saturated fat, this holiday latte contains almost 25 percent of your daily caloric intake.

Flavor (Grande 16 oz.) Calories Fat calories Total Fat (g) Carbs (g) Sugar (g) Caffeine (mg)
Eggnog Latte – Non Fat, No Whip 450 170 18 53 49 150
Eggnog Latte – 2%, No Whip 470 190 21 53 48 150
Peppermint Mocha – Non Fat, No Whip 280 25 3 59 49 175
Peppermint Mocha –Non Fat, with Whip 350 90 10 61 50 175
Peppermint Mocha – 2%, No Whip 330 70 8 58 48 175
Gingerbread Latte – Non Fat, No Whip 200 0 0 38 35 150
Gingerbread Latte – Non Fat, with Whip 270 70 7 40 37 150
Gingerbread Latte – 2% No Whip 250 60 6 4 37 150

Fit's Tips: Of course, I think you should order your espresso drinks with non-fat milk and no whip, since this cuts a serious amount of calories off most drinks. If you are looking to cut back on caffeine avoid the Peppermint Mocha since it has an additional 25 mg of caffeine. If you are cutting back on sugar, you can order your Gingerbread Latte with sugar free syrup, or try it with a half pump of syrup.

lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 9 years
i allow these for myself as a treat every once in a while over the holidays. looks like i'll be choosing the sugar-free gingerbread latte, nonfat no whip.
junkotokiio junkotokiio 9 years
like mtiger i also don't like hot drinks but it's good to know that whipped cream is 70 kcal!
knappster knappster 9 years
There really is no such thing as a nonfat eggnog latte. It's about 2/3 eggnog, 1/3 milk, so you can ask for nonfat, but the difference is negligible. It's *eggnog* for the love of pete! It' not low fat.
HoneyLuv89 HoneyLuv89 9 years
yuck. starbucks is evil! Almost all of their coffee is grown using underpaid third world labor, they create a cookie-cutter formula of what a coffee shop should be, and they serve drinks which are incredibly bad for you!!!! if you must drink this slop, please support your local coffee shope and/or pleeease buy fair-trade.
MuggleCrazed MuggleCrazed 9 years
The Peppermint Hot Chocolate is TO DIE FOR!! It creams (Sorry for the semi pun) the normal Hot Chocolate. I order it all year long, I don't care about the holiday menus. They still have the stuff around in Summer. Btw, anyone else LOVE the Red Cups? I look forward to them every year. And I remember last year they had a bunch of different holder things, but this year it seems they only have the blue.
GradGrl75 GradGrl75 9 years
You need to add in the hot chocolates! I love a tall non-fat peppermint hot chocolate with no is my treat once a week!
zannybaby zannybaby 9 years
What about sugar free gingerbread?
lil-l lil-l 9 years
Oh, thank you for posting these breakdowns for Starbucks! I remember them whenever I'm there and stick to my usually green tea!
sy1217 sy1217 9 years
thanks for the info...i had no idea how much calories are in these drinks! >_<
GibsonGIrl GibsonGIrl 9 years
Tall sugar free non fat gingebreat late for me thank you. Mmmm
yooie yooie 9 years
Talls, grandes, and ventis get 3, 4, and 5 pumps of syrup, respectively (iced ventis get 6). If you were to get a peppermint mocha, there are three pumps of EACH syrup in the drink, which accounts for a good number of calories. You can ask for half the amount of pumps of each syrup and cut calories that way (or you just don't want it as sweet). -your friendly neighborhood barista =)
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 9 years
Eggnog is gross!! So not worth all those cals!
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
how is the difference between a non-fat eggnog latte and a 2% one only 20 calories? For all of the others, the difference is 50 calories. hmmmm, interesting.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I love starbucks, but all of these milk-filled, sugary drinks are too rich for me. I always just get a plain coffee or tea. costs less, fewer calories, and I don't feel ill afterwards.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i don't like any of those drinks, so i guess i'm safe!
erinb erinb 9 years
So even a fat free drink has all of those calories?!?!?! EEK!!
marygrace marygrace 9 years
those drinks are crazy sweet and filling. why would anyone even need to get a grande? just get a tall one.
frimpled frimpled 9 years
I don't feel so bad anymore, because I get the gingerbread latte about 3x a week before class (finals time!) and it really peps me up and it's definitely worth only 250 calories. I'm glad to know that my favorite one is the lowest calories! I figured it'd be closer to 400+ calories. Yay!!!
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
I never usually get these but an indulgence every once in awhile doesn't hurt. The coffee shop I frequent had a holiday blackberry swiss mocha I tried yesterday that was AWESOME. (Of course no whip and skim milk) ;)
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
My drink is usually the White Chocolate Latte...with whip. I know its packed with calories, yet i order one every morning. Seeing this post made me realize that i could cut the calories by just asking for non-fat milk and no whip. YAY! dont know why i didnt think of it before. Duh!! :D Thanks fitsugar! ps...that peppermint drink sounds AWESOME ;)
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
Tall Sugar-Free, Nonfat Gingerbread Latte is ONLY 90 calories... probably a helpful thing to post the better drink options than just making it seem like they are all bad. A grande is 120.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I loved their gingerbread latte but two years running I haven't touched one!
alillee alillee 9 years
bleh i really hate coffee but i do love their hot chocolate!
bushra bushra 9 years
i've given up starbucks, though i loved the odd chai tea latte during my pregnancy. now, i don't live near one so there's no way i can get a fix, but before that i found the drinks were so milky they did funny things to my tummy, so had to cut down anyway.
JessBear JessBear 9 years
The gingerbread, nonfat/no whip, is about on par with 16oz of soda, which makes it seem like an okay indulgence to me.
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