Market insight: Christmas calories

Market insight: Christmas calories

With Christmas fast approaching and the official countdown in place, the festive spirit is slowly but surely taking over us, fuelled by an excitement and obsession with the latest hot drinks released by some of our favourite high street retailers. While the season allows you to indulge, OnBuy.com recently decided to take a closer look at the nutritional value of your favourite hot drinks released by five major coffee chains in the UK: Starbucks, Costa, Caffè Nero, Pret a Manger and Greggs.

By comparing each festive hot treat, OnBuy analysed the number of calories and grams of sugar in each festive hot drink (provided on their websites). It was then able to see who slips in the most sugar, and which drinks contain the most calories (before additional sugar is added by the customer).

For the research, the drinks selected contained semi-skimmed milk and the cup size opted for was regular, which represents roughly 12oz. It must be noted that while ‘regular’ was chosen, the measurement is approximate, and Starbucks measure its hot drinks in fl oz.

The festive drink containing the most grams of sugar is the Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate released by Caffè Nero, with a regular cup containing a whopping 56.9g (14 teaspoons) of sugar. This is followed by another Caffè Nero special – the Winter Spiced Hot Chocolate, which contains 51.6g of sugar.
Pret a Manger Orange Hot Chocolate came in third place (50.5g, which is just under 13 teaspoons of sugar), followed closely by its Mint Hot Chocolate (50.2g). Unsurprisingly, out of the top 10 calorific and sugary festive hot drinks, seven are hot chocolate.

At the other end of the scale, OnBuy.com found that Starbucks’s Toffee Nut Latte is the fifth ‘jolliest’ festive hot drink, containing 28.3g of sugar – a 28.6g difference from the sugar heavy Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate offered by Caffè Nero. Pret a Manger’s Crème Brûlée Latte takes fourth place with 26.6g of sugar, followed by its Gingerbread Latte (24.8g).
And finally, the retailer frothing up the festive hot drinks with the least sugar is Caffè Nero’s with the Salted Caramel Latte at 24.6g of sugar – equivalent to around six teaspoons. And the award for the Christmas hot drink with as little sugar as possible during an overly indulgent period goes to Costa and its Caramelised Orange Latte with just over five teaspoons (20.5g).

When considering the number of calories found in 2018’s Christmas drinks, Pret a Manger’s Orange Hot chocolate is the most calorific, with 454 calories, followed by their Mint Hot Chocolate with 452 calories. On the other hand, it seems opting for a Salted Caramel Latte is the best way to keep the pounds off, as Greggs offer one with 240 calories, while Caffè Nero takes the crown for the hot drink with the lowest number of calories (153).