We’re getting well into the swing of Christmas food and drink now as the major coffee chains continue to launch their festive menus. Glossing over the fact that it’s only the first week of November, we’re in for a treat this year with newbies including creme brûlée lattes, a millionaire’s latte plus more gingerbread-flavoured drinks you can shake a stick at.
If you missed part one of our guide to the calories in Christmas drinks, you can find Starbucks and Costa’s drinks here.
How many calories in Christmas coffees from Caffe Nero, Pret, McDonald’s and Greggs?
If you prefer your cups to be blue rather than red, Caffe Nero have got you covered with their new festive offerings. Like Costa, Caffe Nero don’t publish nutritional info for these drinks made with non-dairy milks, but they offer soya, coconut and oat milk so if you want to cut the cals, ask for your drink with one of those (we’d go for coconut, oat milk is surprisingly high in calories when compared to other milks) and skip the whipped cream.
Caramelised almond brittle latte
Latte flavoured with caramelised almond syrup, topped with whipped cream and an almond brittle.
One size: 384 calories, 23.9g fat, 30.5g carbs, 29.5g sugar, 11.6g protein
Salted caramel latte
Latte with salted caramel syrup and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and a rich caramel sauce. Made with semi-skimmed milk as standard.
Regular: 153 calories, 2.7g fat, 27g carbs, 24.6g sugar, 5.6g protein
Grande: 238 calories, 4.6g fat, 40.1g carbs, 37.7g sugar, 9.6g protein
Belgian truffle hot chocolate
An indulgent hot chocolate with a decadent truffle sauce and steamed milk. Topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate chips. The grande size has 82g of sugar. EIGHTY-TWO. That’s over 20 teaspoons. I know these drinks aren’t exactly aimed at people conscious of their calorie and sugar intake, but I still had to doublecheck that. Eighty-two grams!
Regular: 453 calories, 24.7g fat, 68.5g carbs, 56.9g sugar, 14.1g protein
Grande: 542 calories, 27.2g fat, 99.7g carbs, 82.4g sugar, 18.8g protein
Winter spiced hot chocolate
Hot chocolate flavoured with cinnamon and cloves, topped with whipped cream and dusted with ground cinnamon.
Regular: 371 calories, 24.1g fat, 54.6g carbs, 51.6g sugar, 13.5g protein
Grande: 445 calories, 26.2g fat, 78.8g carbs, 74.3g sugar, 17.9g protein
Pret a Manger
Pret are keeping their festive drinks simple this year, with four offerings on the menu. Nutritional information is given for regular drinks made with semi-skimmed milk as standard, but Pret is known for being one of the best places for vegan-friendly (and low cal!) milk alternatives, offering the usual soya milk as well as rice-coconut milk, so if you want to cut the cals, skip the whipped cream and ask for rice-coconut milk.
Creme brûlée latte
Another creme brûlée latte (the other’s at Starbucks, if you’re a creme brûlée fan) – the classic latte with creme brûlée flavouring, finished with whipped cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar.
One size: 350 calories, 42.3g fat, 26.8g carbs, 26.6g sugar, 10.5g protein
Another fairly safe choice here, but hey, a gingerbread latte done well is delicious. This one is topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.
One size: 310 calories, 42.3g fat, 24.8g carbs, 24.8g sugar, 10.5g protein
Mint hot chocolate
Hot chocolate with a shot of mint syrup, with whipped cream and chocolate powder.
One size: 452 calories, 44.4g fat, 52.2g carbs, 50.2g sugar, 12.6g protein
Orange hot chocolate
As above, hot chocolate with a shot of orange syrup, finished with whipped cream and chocolate powder.
One size: 454 calories, 44.4g fat, 52.5g carbs, 50.5g sugar, 12.6g protein
Ever had a McDonald’s coffee? If you haven’t, you should, as it’s surprisingly decent and not as expensive as other coffee shops. They’re getting in on the tinsel-adorned act again after their festive drinks proved popular last year.
These drinks launch on the 7th November and we’ll update the post with nutritional info as soon as it becomes available.
A latte with a caramel biscuit syrup, a swirl of chocolate cream and caramel drizzle – this sounds delicious, and is inspired by a millionaire’s shortbread. Obviously.
Regular: 200 calories, 7.6g fat, 25g carbs, 23g sugar, 7.9g protein
Large: 244 calories, 8.7g fat, 31g carbs, 29g sugar, 10g protein
Similar to Starbucks’ drink and returning to the festive menu, this classic is a latte with toffee syrup topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
Regular: 183 calories, 6g fat, 25g carbs, 23g sugar, 7.7g protein
Large: 227 calories, 7g fat, 31g carbs, 29g sugar, 9.9g protein
A luxury hot chocolate, which is ‘festive’ only because it’ll be in a Christmas cup. Still, who doesn’t love a nice hot chocolate to warm you up when it’s cold?
Regular: 173 calories, 4.3g fat, 30g carbs, 27g sugar, 2.2g protein
Large: 231 calories, 5.8g fat, 40g carbs, 36g sugar, 3g protein
After seeing success with their pumpkin spice latte for Halloween, Greggs are joining in too with their trio of festive drinks. The line up will be launching along with the rest of the Greggs Christmas menu on Thursday November 8th, and we’ll be updating the nutritional info when it’s available.
Salted caramel latte
A latte with salted caramel syrup
A rich mocha with mint syrup
Mint hot chocolate
A mint twist on their regular hot chocolate with whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles.
We’ve also been told that Coffee #1, which has locations all over Wales and England, are launching their winter menu soon. They’re another good option for vegans and they tend to have a lot of milk alternatives on offer, so we might find some fairly low-cal treats there too. This post will be updated with their drinks once they’ve been confirmed.