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Holiday lattes from Dunkin Donuts offer seasonal sugar overload for all

We can admit it. The country’s hooked. Thanks to the major coffee and fast food chains, most of America is madly in love with flavored coffee. But those coffees are fickle lovers. At the same time as we’re overcome by the taste they offer – caramel, hazelnut, French vanilla, chocolate, pumpkin, mocha and more – we’re not happy with how they betray us with calories, bad ingredients and plenty of sugar.

It’s holiday season at Dunkin Donuts and recently the holiday lattes were introduced. And people are talking. So today we thought we’d take a closer look at each unique, delectable, get-it-while-you-can-because-it-will-soon-be-gone flavor.

The newest is Red Velvet Holiday Latte. It’s always interesting to us that Red Velvet Cake, back just a decade ago, was a lesser-known, more Southern treat. People in other parts of the country might have heard of it, but probably hadn’t indulged, unless visiting the South, where it’s more common. Today, it’s everywhere. And now it’s even a coffee flavor. Seems like a winner from Dunkin Donuts’ perspective. Take the most popular cake flavor and put it into coffee. But let’s take a look at the facts:

Medium Red Velvet Latte with Milk
Calories: 340
Fat: 9 grams
Saturated Fat: 5 grams
Sugar: 51 grams — ALMOST 13 TEASPOONS
Ingredients: Milk; Brewed Espresso Coffee; Red Velvet Flavored Swirl Syrup: Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Skim Milk, Sugar), Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Red 40, Blue 1, Salt.

Then there’s the White Chocolate Latte.  Different flavor.  Slightly different ingredient list. Same sugar content:

Medium White Chocolate Latte with Milk
Calories: 340
Fat: 9 grams
Saturated Fat: 5 grams
Sugar: 51 grams — ALMOST 13 TEASPOONS
Ingredients: Milk; Brewed Espresso Coffee; White Chocolate Flavored Swirl Syrup [Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Pasteurized Skim Milk, Sugar), Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Salt].

And the Peppermint Mocha Latte.  This one is a little different — there’s actually more sugar in here:

Medium Peppermint Mocha Latte with Milk
Calories: 360
Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 6 grams
Sugar: 51 grams — ALMOST 14 TEASPOONS
INGREDIENTS: Milk; Brewed Espresso Coffee; Peppermint Mocha Flavored Swirl Syrup: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Cocoa processed with alkali, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid, Salt; Mocha Flavored Swirl Syrup: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Cocoa processed with alkali, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid, Salt.

Happy Sugar Rush, everyone! What a way to start your day – or perk up your afternoon. Let’s add some Natural Flavors, Artificial Flavors and Artificial Food Coloring into the recipe and have ourselves a real holiday treat!

We know, we know, America loves its flavored coffee. FoodFacts.com thinks we all might be able to find better things to love around the holidays. It really wouldn’t be that hard. And yes, we know … ’tis the season and we’re all looking to indulge a little. Sorry Dunkin, we just think there are better ways to satisfy our holiday cravings. Maybe we’ll try a few of our favorite homemade cookies. We’re positive that just a few won’t have as much sugar!

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