“Three, two, one, sip!” goes the online ad for Starbucks’ summer Frappuccinos.
“We’re super excited.”
So are we! Remember when Starbucks introduced the original Coffee Frappuccino in the summer of 1995? Well, it’s still around. And while a no whip venti (24 oz.) is loaded with some 14 teaspoons of added sugar, it has “just” 350 calories and three grams of saturated fat.
But that’s so last century. This summer, you can pick up a venti Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino with 600 calories, 12 grams (more than half a day’s worth) of saturated fat, and (we estimate) 21 teaspoons of added sugar. “Yes, there are some other ingredients: coffee, milk, ice, whipped cream,” says Starbucks’ website, “but really this is all about ribbons and ribbons of caramel, over and over and over.”
Goodbye, iced coffee. Hello, milkshake.
The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino has similar numbers, thanks to cookie bits, mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, chocolate chips, and whipped cream. And the Caffè Espresso Frappuccino, with its 460 calories, is “sure to set your summer off in the right direction.” That would be toward a chubbier you.
Instead, try a grande Coffee Frappuccino Light. It’s got 110 calories, zero saturated fat (thanks to nonfat milk and no whipped cream), and around 4 teaspoons of added sugar (thanks to stevia, a no-calorie natural sweetener). Or order a grande nonfat Iced Caffè Latte (90 calories) or Iced Caffè Americano (20).
“Say yes to whipping life up,” urges Starbucks. How about saying no to weighing yourself down?
To tell Starbucks what you think of their increasingly indulgent frappucinos, visit their website, starbucks.com, or call them at (800) 782-7282.