The bad news starts early: the healthiest drink on our list, a medium Mint Hot Chocolate has twice the sugar of a Boston Kreme donut, and the extra-large has more than four times that. Worse still, that extra-large Mint Hot Chocolate has more than two times the saturated fat of a Boston Kreme Donut from Dunkin Donuts.
A medium sized vanilla chai packs more calories than two White Castle burgers and more sugar than three chocolate frosted Dunkin' donuts.
A large size of this drink with whole milk contains more sugar than a Cinnabon Classic. Not a mini, a classic; that’s right, a gigantic, ooey-gooey cinnamon bun dripping in vanilla frosting. Worse yet, a small with skim milk contains 51 grams of sugar — that’s still more than a 6-count of Cinnabon Classic Bites.
To continue the Cinnabon theme (arguably the best yardstick for how bad a food or drink is for you), the medium, skim milk version of this drink — with no sugar added — still has more sugar than a 4-count Cinnabon Classic Bites with a Snickers ice cream bar kicker. A large with whole milk has more sugar than three orders of CinnabonStix with an extra frosting cup for dipping purposes.
Twix ice cream bars: 23 g sugar — a large whole milk caramel latte has more sugar than three Twix ice cream bars and more calories than a loaded baked potato at Applebee’s. The skim-milk size medium still has more calories than a serving of Banquet Brown 'n Serve sausages.
With more fat than 4 beef taquitos in the medium skinny version, a large with whole milk has the same amount of fat as an Applebee's Trios Classic Wings with the Honey BBQ. The small has the same amount of carbs as two servings of Lay’s potato chips, and the large has more carbs five servings of Doritos.
Compared to Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets, which contain five grams of fat per pocket, this drink packs 16 grams of saturated fat in a large whole milk and 10 grams of saturated fat in a medium skim. That’s over three times the amount of saturated fat in the large, double that of the medium.
The most caloric drink on the menu, a medium order still packs more calories than a Stouffer’s Frozen Lasagna, and the extra-large contains more calories than a Hungry Man Roasted Carved White Meat Turkey meal with home-style gravy and sides. An extra-large contains the same amount of fat as an Outback Special 9 ounce steak, and more carbs than a large order of Wendy’s fries. It is 95 percent of your allocated saturated fat for the day.