It’s not Christmas until you’ve had a hot chocolate or gingerbread latte, but when your morning cup contains more calories than a Big Mac, it might be wise to reconsider your order of the day. Here are the most calorific contenders on this year’s festive coffee menus…
Billionaire’s Hot Chocolate
The only festive drink out there to break the 600 calorie mark – the Costa Billionaire’s Hot Chocolate contains a whopping 660 calories, which is more than a quarter of your daily calorie allowance in just one drink. It also contains 78.9g of sugar in each cup, which is the equivalent of over three Mars Bars.
Mint Hot Chocolate
Another festive hit from Costa, this sweet little number contains 556 calories, which is 50 more calories than a Big Mac. Thankfully, the sugar content is lower than the Billionaire’s hot choc – at 68.8g.
Black Forest Hot Chocolate
A firm favourite on the festive drinks scene, this iconic Christmas tipple has gone back to its roots with its original recipe (there was outrage last year when they changed it), and whilst it’s a lovely treat, contains a heavy calorie hit: 528 calories and 60g of sugar.
This delicious-yet-naughty latte comes with a generous glug of gingerbread syrup and a topping of whipped cream, gold stars and a mini gingerbread man. One medium cup will set you back 252 calories and 27g of sugar.
This indulgently thick hot chocolate is a sugar lover’s dream; infused with sweet hazelnut syrup, each cup contains 519 calories and 49.3g of sugar. If you want something a little less calorific (although there’s not much in it) the clementine version contains 500 calories.
This classic Nero latte comes topped with clementine syrup and contains 204 calories.
Salted Caramel Latte
Surprisingly, this cheeky little number contains only 153 calories, or 151 if you order with soya milk.
Gingerbread Coffee Frappuccino
This gingerbread-spiced Frappuccino comes in at 471 calories with a whopping 68.4g of sugar – the same as almost three Mars Bars.
This indulgent espresso comes topped up with gingerbread syrup and steamed milk, with gingerbread flavoured whipped cream and wafer crumbs. Sporting 202 calories and 20.6g of sugar, you’re far better off drinking this latte than its Frappuccino equivalent.
Toffee Nut Latte
Combining sweet toffee nut syrup with an espresso shot, steamed milk, and an indulgent topping of whipped cream and toffee sprinkles, this rich, sweet infusion contains 205 calories and 21.2g of sugar.
Starbucks Eggnog Latte
Nothing screams Christmas like an eggnog latte. This Starbucks version combines an espresso shot with steamed eggnog and a dusting of ground nutmeg. If you’re after a Christmas drink fix, this tipple contains 165 calories and 21.6g of sugar – significantly less than some of the other calorific contenders on this list.