The most calorific Christmas drinks on the market revealed (and some festive beverages contain more than FOURTEEN spoonfuls of sugar)
- The online marketplace looked at drinks from five major coffee vendors
- Compared the calorie and sugar content of retailers’ top festive drinks
- Caffè Nero’s Belgian Truffle hot chocolate had the highest sugar content
- Pret a Manger’s orange hot chocolate contains 454 kcal per regular cup
Festive beverages contain up to 14 spoonfuls of sugar per cup, new research has revealed.
Researchers looked at the sugar and calorie content on some of Britain’s best-loved Christmas drinks and found that some contained almost a quarter of an adult’s recommended daily calorie allowance.
The online marketplace looked at drinks from major vendors including Pret a Manger, Greggs and Costa Coffee – and found that Caffè Nero’s Belgian Truffle hot chocolate had the highest sugar content at 56.9g (the equivalent of roughly 14.2 teaspoons).
The chocolate-flavoured treat also contains 435 kcal – almost a quarter of an adult’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) according to NHS guidelines.
Researchers at OnBuy have ooked at drinks from major vendors – and found that Caffè Nero’s Belgian Truffle hot chocolate had the highest sugar content at 56.9g (top left)
But it was far from the highest in the calorie stakes with Pret a Manger’s orange hot chocolate containing an eye-watering 454 kcal per cup.
For the research, the drinks selected contained semi-skimmed milk and the cup size opted for was regular (roughly 12 oz or 341ml).
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The festive drink containing the most grams of sugar is the Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate released by Caffè Nero, with a regular cup containing a whopping 56.9g of sugar; around 14 teaspoons of sugar.
This is followed by another Caffè Nero special; the Winter Spiced Hot Chocolate which contains 51.6g of sugar.
Pret a Manger’s Orange Hot Chocolate came in third place (50.5g), followed closely by their Mint Hot Chocolate (50.2g) – just under 13 teaspoons of sugar.
Some of the worst offenders in the sugary and calorie stakes. For the research, the drinks selected contained semi-skimmed milk and the cup size opted for was regular (roughly 12 oz)
Unsurprisingly, out of the top 10 calorific and sugary festive hot drinks, seven are hot chocolate.
At the other end of the scale, OnBuy.com found that Starbucks’s Toffee Nut Latte is the fifth ‘jolliest’ festive hot drink, containing 28.3g of sugar – a 28.6g difference from the sugar heavy Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate offered by Caffè Nero.
Pret a Manger’s Crème Brûlée Latte takes fourth place with 26.6g of sugar, followed by their Gingerbread Latte (24.8g).
It should be noted that while ‘regular’ was chosen, the measurement is approximate, and Starbucks measure their hot drinks in fl oz.
How many calories are in my favourite Christmas drink?
. Caffè Nero Belgian truffle hot chocolate: 435kcal/ 56.9g sugar
. Caffè Nero winter spiced hot chocolate: 371kcl/ 51.6g sugar
. Pret a Manger orange hot chocolate: 454kcal/ 50.5 sugar
. Pret a Manger mint hot chocolate: 452kcal/ 50.2g sugar
. Greggs mint mocha: 363kcal/ 50g sugar
. Greggs mint hot chocolate: 363kcal/ 50g sugar
. Costa Coffee hazelnut praline hot chocolate: 381kcal/ 38.9g sugar
. Starbucks salted caramel brownie hot chocolate: 319kcal/38.3g sugar
. Starbucks christmas brulée latte: 247kcal/ 37.8g sugar
. Starbucks eggnogg latte: 272kcal/ 33.8 sugar
. Costa Coffee caramelised orange hot chocolate: 321kcal/ 30.5g sugar
. Greggs salted caramel latte: 240kcal/ 30g sugar
. Caffè Nero caramelised almond brittle latte: 384kcal/ 29.5g sugar
. Costa Coffee hazelnut praline latte: 303kcal/ 28.8g sugar
. Starbucks gingerbread latte: 258kcal/ 28.8g sugar
. Starbucks toffee nut latte: 260kcal/ 28.3g sugar
. Pret a Manger creme brulee latte: 350kcal/ 26.6g sugar
. Pret a Manger gingerbread latte: 310kcal/ 24.8g sugar
. Caffè Nero salted caramel latte: 153kcal/ 24.6g sugar
. Costa Coffee caramelised orange latte: 243kcal/ 20.5g sugar
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