The ultimate guide to festive drinks 2017 – part 2

Last week we brought you the first part of our ultimate guide to this year’s festive drink offerings, featuring all the new Christmassy offerings from Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero. There was a lot of gingerbread, many different types of hot chocolate and a hell of a lot of sugar, which shocked some of our forum users.

This week we’ve got the lowdown on festive drink offerings from some other coffee shops (plus a rogue smoothie from M&S), so that if you’re tempted by any of the limited edition drinks, it doesn’t matter where you are – you can make an informed decision about whether to spend your hard earned calorie budget on them.

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Pret a Manger

Festive Flat White

It’s a flat white, but with MINCE PIE SYRUP. What a time to be alive.

Regular: 133 calories, 3g fat, 20.5g carbs, 19.9g sugar, 5.8g protein.

Mint Hot Chocolate

Regular: 248 calories, 5.3g fat, 46.5g carbs, 44.5g sugar, 10.7g protein.

Cut the calories: Pret is usually quite good at offering milk alternatives, with soy, coconut, oat and rice milk available at their stores.

Although they haven’t published the nutritional information for ordering the Christmas drinks with different milks, if you want to cut down on cals then a surefire way to do so will be to ask for the drinks to be made with either skimmed, soy or coconut milk.

Festive drink


Spiced Cookie Latte: 174 calories, 5.7g fat, 23g carbs, 22g sugar, 7.6g protein

Toffee Latte: 183 calories, 6g fat, 25g carbs, 23g sugar, 7.7g protein

Hot Chocolate: 173 calories, 4.3g fat, 30g carbs, 27g sugar, 2.2g protein

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Coffee #1

Annoyingly, Coffee #1 haven’t published their nutritional information on their website. We’ve asked them about it and are waiting for them to get back to us with the details, so we’ll update when we’ve got the info.

Winter Cappuccino


Gingerbread Latte

Festive drink


Chilli Hot Chocolate

Regular: 367 calories, 1g fat, 45g carbs, 43g sugar, 12g protein.

Christmas Tea

No nutritional information as of yet, but it seems like a good bet for a low-cal Christmas drink: Caffeine-free South African rooibos tea flavoured with spicy syrup and a dusting of cinnamon.

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Marks and Spencer

If you want your Christmas pudding in liquidized form, then this is for you.

Christmas Pudding Smoothie (per 100ml): 86 calories, 1.3g fat, 15.4g carbs, 10.3g sugar, 2.7g protein.

Will you be indulging in a festive drink or two? Are they worth the calories or will you save them for a treat? Let us know what you think over on the forum. Bonus points for the first person to say it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas!

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From the forum

  1. It’s crazy how unhealthy these drinks are! You wouldn’t think there’d be 250-400 calories in a drink! I just had a full lunch with less calories in! Apparently the Costa Billionaires Shortbread Latte has the equivalent of 10 spoons of sugar in it!!

  2. Avatar for emma1 emma1 says:

    It’s absolutely bonkers isn’t it?! Eggnog latte is my favourite and I remember having a venti a few times a week a few years ago. 56g of sugar in ONE drink is just madness!

  3. Kinell!!! I’m a firm believer in the ‘coffee should involve only two things - coffee and water’ way. Double ristretto please barista. I’ve developed diabetes just from reading this thread.

  4. Last time I went to Starbucks, my friend and a member of staff looked at me like I was mad when I asked for an Americano (I think that is what it was called, just plain, black coffee).
    This is China though so I won’t be surprised when they start adding chicken’s feet to their line up.

  5. Avatar for maxnas maxnas says:

    phwoooooorrr!!! :crazy_face:

  6. I’d rather have 2 pints of Guinness :joy:

  7. I used to work at Starbucks, some of the custom creations were obscene.

    That’s right about the Costa Lindt hot chocolate, you were really satisfied after a tiny cup, which I think is the best way to indulge.

  8. Avatar for emma1 emma1 says:

    I’ve just updated this post with the details for the Costa drinks and they win for the most obscene drink.

    A Massimo Billionaire’s hot chocolate has (brace yourself) 789 calories and 79.3g sugar

    Granted, that’s the biggest size but MY GOD.

  9. [retrains as a dentist]

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