Is A Gingerbread Latte Or A Steaming Hot Chocolate Calling Your Name?

You’ve spent the day shopping – or working – or taking care of the kids – or any combination of the above – and by mid- afternoon you really want a nice, hot satisfying treat.  It’s pretty tough to resist some of the irresistibly named hot and flavorful drinks that Starbuck’s and Dunkin’ Donuts have to offer.

Hot Chocolate

This is what Starbuck’s has to say about their hot chocolate — how can you resist?

“Do you remember your first hot chocolate? Sweet, creamy comfort in a cup. You instantly pegged it the best drink on earth. Chances are you’ll feel the same about our version of this classic beverage. Made with steamed milk, vanilla and mocha-flavored syrups, and topped with a generous swirl of sweetened whipped cream, we bet it tastes even better than the one you remember.”

Coffee Drinks And Hot Chocolate

Here’s the nutritional information for some Starbuck’s and Dunkin’ Donuts drinks so you can make your best informed choice even if something else sounds so wonderful .

  • Starbuck’s Hot Chocolate, grande (16 oz), 2% milk with whipped cream:  370 calories; 16g fat ; 50g carbs; 14g protein; 25mg caffeine.  Without whipped cream: 290 calories

How About Some Plain Coffee?

If you want something hot you could just have plain black coffee for a bargain basement 5 calories.  The trick is controlling the extras to avoid making your coffee just another sneaky calorie bomb.

  • Brewed coffee, grande (16 oz), black:  5 calories
  • Heavy cream, 1tbs:  52 calories
  • Half-and-half, 1 tbs:  20 calories
  • Whole milk, 1 tbs:  9 calories
  • Fat-free milk. 5 calories
  • Table sugar, 1tbs:  49 calories


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2 Responses to Is A Gingerbread Latte Or A Steaming Hot Chocolate Calling Your Name?

  1. Elatia Harris December 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    SO enlightening. Ever since Sarah Silverman announced that a certain latte had 900 calories, I have not been able to enjoy fancy coffees — wondering why I am drinking it always kills it for me. But i know people who should print this post and keep it in their purse…

  2. Penny December 19, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Calories in these drinks are really sneaky, aren’t they? Plus, they often call your name when you’re out shopping, or you’re tired, or with friends — and you’re not even mentally computing those extra calories.

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