COFFEE lovers can rejoice because the cult-favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned to Halloweentown to hibernate for about a year, and Starbucks’ new holiday beverages are front and center.
But be wary – these holiday drinks are similar to eating a whole burger, as they have almost the same amount of calories.
The new drinks officially premiered in stores on November 4 and include six flavors: Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brûlée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino, Irish Cream Cold Brew, and the brand new Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte.
Starbucks fans may notice that the Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte didn’t make the nice list this year.
If you miss the classic eggnog flavor, Starbucks recommends trying the Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte for a “modern twist on a Holiday classic.”
What may surprise all Starbucks lovers is that drinking a pick-me-up holiday coffee is nearly equivalent to eating a burger from McDonald's.
As noted on the McDonald’s website, the signature Big Mac has 550 calories.
Coming in closest to the Big Mac is the decadent Peppermint Mocha, which consists of “Espresso and steamed milk [with] peppermint-flavored syrup and mocha sauce.” It’s topped off with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings. This holiday treat sits at 440 calories, per Starbucks' website.
The Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino comes in a close second with 420, followed by the 410 calorie Caramel Brûlée Latte.
For those wanting to enjoy a holiday refreshment with fewer calories, the Chestnut Praline Latte, which is flavored with “caramelized chestnuts and spices,” comes in at 330 calories.
If you want to be able to consume a few drinks before reaching the same amount of calories as a whole Big Mac, you can try the Irish Cream Cold Brew, which has 200 liquid calories, and the new Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte, which consists of 150 calories.
And of course, these cheerful drinks are getting served in the beloved holiday cups.
This year, Starbucks designed four themed cups: wrapping paper, ribbon, holiday lights, and candy cane.
For those wondering about the free reusable holiday cups, Starbucks teased the tradition is “still happening.”
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