Whether you’ve known it or not, Starbucks is notorious for selling some of the most sugary drinks known to man. Long before they became the innovator of sugar we know today, the classic white chocolate mocha and standard Frappucinos were dumping loads of sweet granules into those that slurped ’em down. They were delicious, these drinks. Delicious but dangerous.
Lately, Starbucks has been dumping their sugar-usage into overdrive with their Cinnamon Roll Frappucino, clocking in at 102 g of sugar (for a 24-oz Venti-sized serving). But they may have topped themselves in a scary race to diabetes, because their Hot Mulled Fruit drink with grape, chai, orange and spices is boasting 99 grams of sugar into a 20-oz cup. To put it in perspective, a 16o-z coke has 52 grams of sugar, and the recommended daily intake for men is 45 grams and 30 grams for women. If you’re a lover of sweet things with a hint of masochism in your blood, it’s all very impressive when you think about it. A Snickers bar only has 7 g of sugar, and while these drinks are all measured with the massive Venti size, it’s hard to deny that Starbucks is now the king of sugar first, coffee second.
*This article originally mistakenly stated that there are 33 grams of sugar in a 16oz Coke. It has been corrected to 52 grams.*