Sugar Baddies: The Hidden Secrets Of Your Christmas Coffees

By Astrid Carter |
9th December 2019

Much like the John Lewis advert or Pret’s festive menu, it isn’t really Christmas until Starbucks bring out their red cups. Well, Christmas coffee season is officially here. Who are we kidding? It’s been here since 1st November, just after pumpkin spiced latte fever started to simmer. But as much as we may love a hazelnut hot chocolate or a ginger spiced latte, is there something more sinister lurking in those festive red cups? have released information on just how much sugar this year’s top festive drinks contain and it’s not looking good. Too many of these and all we’ll all be getting for Christmas is Type 2 Diabetes.

The worst offender is Pret’s Mint Hot Chocolate. What might sound like a Christmas hug in a cup actually contains a cavity-inducing 47.9g of sugar. That’s 11.4 teaspoons of the stuff or roughly two milk chocolate bars. There’s less sugar in a can of Coke and this is just based on the ‘regular’ cup size. Horrifying.

If you’re gasping for a festive warmer, Pret’s Gingerbread Latte has significantly less sugar – just 5.4 teaspoons and the winner, in terms of a healthy(ish) choice is Caffe Nerro’s Ginger Latte, which comes in at just 86kcal and 13.9g of sugar (3.5 teaspoons).

Here’s a rundown of your favourite Christmas drinks and their calorie and sugar content:


Mint Hot Chocolate: 439 kcal / 47.9g sugar / 11.4 teaspoons of sugar

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate: 439 kcal / 47.9g sugar / 11.4 teaspoons of sugar

Crème Brulle Latte: 303 kcal / 26g sugar / 6.1 teaspoons of sugar

Gingerbread Latte: 288 kcal / 22.2g sugar / 5.2 teaspoons of sugar


Hazelnut Praline & Cream Latte: 343 kcal / 25.7g sugar / 6.1 teaspoons of sugar

Irish Velvet & cream Latte: 268 kcal / 21.3g sugar / 5.1 teaspoons of sugar

Gingerbread & Cream Latte: 285 kcal / 15.4g sugar / 3.6 teaspoons of sugar

Spiced Cappuccino: 113 kcal / 15g sugar / 3.6 teaspoons of sugar


Eggnog Latte: 272 kcal / 33.8g sugar / 8 teaspoons of sugar

Gingerbread Latte: 222 kcal / 29.2g sugar / 7 teaspoons of sugar

Iced Gingerbread Latte: 205 kcal / 26.7g sugar / 6.3 teaspoons of sugar

Iced Toffee Nut Latte: 207 kcal / 26.3g sugar / 6.3 teaspoons of sugar


Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate: 383 kcal / 38.9g sugar / 9.3 teaspoons of sugar

Caramelised Almond Hot Chocolate: 382 kcal / 38.5g sugar / 9.2 teaspoons of sugar

Hazelnut Latte: 113 kcal / 17.1g sugar / 4.1 teaspoons of sugar

Ginger Latte: 86 kcal / 14.9g sugar / 3.5 teaspoons of sugar

On a serious note, with the government taking action to reduce the sugar we consume, these new figures leave a somewhat sour over sweet taste in our mouths. Granted, the odd gingerbread latte isn’t going to kill you but maybe rein it in over the next month. By 1st January we’ll probably all be giving up coffee for our New Year’s resolutions anyway.

Stuck on what to buy for everyone this Christmas? Be inspired with our Christmas Gift Guide, here

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