Now that fall is almost here, many turn to their favorite flavor … pumpkin. Today I asked Jody’s crew to discuss pumpkin flavored coffee drinks. We say flavored because we cannot be sure there is actual pumpkin in the drinks.
Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Blended Beverage. They do not list the ingredients. They come in three sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), and Venti (24 oz).
The Tall is 300 calories with whole milk and whipped cream. You can cut that down to 200 with non-fat milk or 210 calories with 2% or soy milk and no whipped cream. Even with non-fat milk and no whipped cream, it has a whopping 45g sugar! (An adult male should limit to 35g/day and female to 25g/day.)
If you step up to the Grande with non-fat milk and no whipped cream it is 300 calories and 70g sugar. The full deal with whole milk and whipped cream is 72g sugar and 450 calories. The Venti with the works is 550 calories and 92g sugar (which means 368 of the calories are sugar alone at 4 calories per gram sugar). Cutting that to non-fat milk and no whipped cream brings it down to 390 calories and 90g sugar.
Another Starbucks drink is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The sizes of this drink are Short (8 oz), Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz) and Venti (20 oz). The calories and sugar for these drinks made with full fat milk and whipped cream are Short: 220 calories, 25g sugar; Tall: 330 calories, 38g sugar; Grande: 420 calories, 49g sugar; Venti: 510 calories, 62g sugar. With non-fat milk and no whipped cream they are Short: 130 calories, 24g sugar; Tall: 200 calories, 37g sugar; Grande: 260 calories, 48g sugar; Venti: 330 calories, 61g sugar.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Dunkin’ Donuts as well. They have several pumpkin drinks as well. The Pumpkin Latte comes in Small, Medium, Large. With whole milk the calories/sugar are Small: 230/36g; Medium: 340/52g; Large: 450/69g. Using skim milk would change that to Small: 180/36g; Medium: 270/53g; Large: 360/70g. We find it interesting the skim milk version raised the sugar one gram in both the medium and large.
You can get a plain Pumpkin flavored coffee. You can go to the page and figure out the calories by choosing sweeteners, size, dairy products. You can also check out the Pumpkin Mocha page or you can check out the Pumpkin Creme Brulee.
Want to tackle it on your own? Here are a couple links to recipes to get you started: Pumpkin Spice Latte, another Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Remember: Drink responsibly!