The high street Christmas coffees with TWICE your daily sugar

How sugary is YOUR Christmas coffee? As cafés release their festive menus, FEMAIL reveals the seasonal drinks that contain up to TWICE your daily recommended sugar allowance

  • Starbucks, Costa, Pret, McDonalds and Greggs have UK Christmas drink menus
  • Indulgent drinks include hot and cold coffees and sugar-laden hot chocolates 
  • Some have up to 500 calories and up to twice NHS recommended levels of sugar

With the November chill deep in the air and Halloween long gone, the countdown to Christmas is in full swing – and coffee chains across the UK are launching their festive menus to the delight of many fans.

From Toffee Nut Lattes to coffee infused with eggnog, many drink lovers will be heading to their nearest high-street retailer in search of a sweet caffeine buzz to take away and enjoy during lockdown. 

But indulging in these seasonal treats may wreak havoc with healthy eating intentions, with the largest Christmas coffee racking up nearly 500 calories and a whopping 57g of sugar – almost twice a UK adult’s recommended daily allowance. 

US chain Starbucks, a trendsetter among the festive set, have launched their Christmas menu to the delight on many fans this year.

Their Iced Gingerbread Frappe, is the most sugary high street offering with 373 calories and 57.7g of sugar.

NHS guidelines recommend no more than 30g of non-natural sugars, meaning it has almost double the daily recommended intake.

Meanwhile, their Starbucks Gingerbread Latte has almost a quarter of an adult’s daily recommended calorie intake, with 491 calorie of a huge 48.8g of sugar. 

Also on the list is Greggs’ Mint Hot Chocolate, which has 334 calories and 46g of sugar and Costa’s The Quality Street®- The Purple One Latte which has 303 calories and 34.4g of sugar.

Here, FEMAIL reveals which Christmas drinks have the most sugar and calories if you’re planning to indulge.    


1. Starbucks Iced Gingerbread Frappe 

373 calories 57.7g of sugar

2. Starbucks Eggnog Latte 

451 calories 56.3g of sugar

3. Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate 

477 calories,  55g of sugar

4. Starbucks Toffee Nut Frappe

 382 calories 52.g of sugar

5. Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte

 494 calorie 48.8g of sugar

6. Starbucks Gingerbread Latte 

491 calorie 48.8g of sugar

7. Greggs Mint Hot Chocolate

334 calories 46g of sugar

8. Costa Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate 

384 calories 44.6g of sugar

9. Pret S’mores Hot Chocolate 

418 calories 42.5g of sugar

10. Starbucks Iced Eggnog Latte

 332 calories 40.9g of sugar

11. Starbucks Iced Toffee Nut Latte  367 calories 37.6g of sugar

12. Starbucks Iced Gingerbread Latte 364 calories  37.7g of sugar

13. Starbucks Truffle Hot Chocolate 

388 calories 37.1g of sugar

 14 . Costa Irish Velvet Hot Chocolate  

443 calories 36.3g of sugar

15. Costa After Eight® Hot Chocolate 

348 calories  and 34.8g of sugar

16. Costa The Quality Street®- The Purple One Latte

 303 calories 34.4g of sugar

17. Costa Black Forest Hot Chocolate  

432 calories 31.4g of sugar

18. Pret Ginger Bread Latte 

342 calories, 29.5g of sugar

19. Greggs Salted Caramel Latte

 223 Calories 28g of sugar

20. Pret Salted Caramel Latte 

312 calories 26g of sugar

21. Costa Irish Velvet Latte And Cream 

 365 calories, 25.6g of sugar

22. Mcdonald’s Salted Caramel Latte 

 206 calories 25g of sugar

23. Costa Cinnamon Spiced Cappuccino 

211 calories, 23.2g of sugar

24. Salted Caramel Latte 

206 calories 25g of sugar

25. Costa Gingerbread Latte And Cream 

333 calories, 14g of sugar:  


Starbucks are the trendsetters amid the festive drink set, with many retailers following in their footsteps to launch Pumpkin Spice Lattes during the autumnal months. The biggest US owned American coffee chain operating in the UK, Starbucks lattes are among the most sugary on the Christmas menu, with their drinks taking up the top six spots of the 25 tested my Femail. Pictured is their Iced Gingerbread Frappe with 577.g of sugar (left) while their Peppermint Hot Chocolate has 477 calories, and 55g of sugar (right)

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