Calorie Counts: Best and Worst Fall Drinks at Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts

Because informed decisions are the best decisions

Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks // Photo via Facebook

On picture-perfect days like today, when the fall-scented air is crisp and the bright blue sky is clear, I always find myself pining for a warm, cozy coffee drink—preferably of the oh-so-seasonal pumpkin-flavored variety. If you’re thinking of hitting up a Starbucks or Dunkin’ on your lunch break, too, take a look at the nutrition information below. As always with these things, I’m not saying you shouldn’t indulge (By all means! Indulge!), but I do think you owe it to yourself to at least know what you’re getting into.

So here’s the skinny (or, well, not) on the seasonal drinks at Starbucks and Dunkin’, from the Pumpkin Spice Latte to mint hot chocolate to hot apple cider and more.

*Note: Calorie counts were determined using the standard ingredients and add-ons denoted in the product descriptions. So you could save yourself some caloric damage by, for example, excluding whipped cream from your order. But since some of the drinks are intended to include such add-ons, they were included in the mix, as noted below.

STARBUCKS

*In “Tall” 12-ounce cups

Salted Caramel Mocha
What it’s made of: Espresso and steamed 2 percent milk, blended with mocha sauce and toffee-nut-flavored syrup, and topped with sweetened whipped cream, caramel drizzle and a mixture of turbinado sugar and sea salt.
What’s in it: 330 calories, 13 fat grams, 51 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 10 grams protein.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
What it’s made of: Espresso, pumpkin-flavored syrup and steamed 2 percent milk, topped with sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.
What’s in it: 300 calories, 11 fat grams, 39 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 11 grams protein.

Caramel Apple Spice
What it’s made of: Steamed, freshly pressed apple juice and cinnamon syrup, and topped with sweetened whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
What’s in it: 290 calories, 7 fat grams, 57 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams protein.

Chocolate Chai Tea Latte
What it’s made of: A warm blend of spices, black tea, creamy cocoa and steamed 2 percent milk, and topped with whipped cream.
What’s in it: 190 calories, 3.5 fat grams, 35 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams protein.

DUNKIN’ DONUTS

*In size small cups

Pumpkin Mocha Latte
What it’s made of: Espresso, whole milk, mocha-flavored syrup, pumpkin spice syrup, no whipped cream.
What’s in it: 240 calories, 6 fat grams, 39 grams carbs, 1 gram dietary fiber, 7 grams protein.

Pumpkin White Chocolate
What it’s made of: Espresso, whole milk, white chocolate-flavored syrup, pumpkin spice syrup, no whipped cream.
What’s in it: 240 calories, 6 fat grams, 38 grams carbs, 0 grams dietary fiber, 8 grams protein.

Pumpkin Latte
What it’s made of: Espresso, whole milk, pumpkin spice syrup, no whipped cream.
What’s in it: 220 calories, 6 fat grams, 35 grams carbs, 0 grams dietary fiber, 8 grams protein.

Mint Hot Chocolate
What it’s made of: Mint hot chocolate powder, no whipped cream.
What’s in it: 220 calories, 7 fat grams, 36 grams carbs, 1 gram dietary fiber, 1 gram protein.

Hot Apple Cider
What it’s made of: Apple juice, no whipped cream.
What’s in it: 120 calories, 0 fat grams, 31 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams protein.

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  • Krista

    If only you posted calories. For me, that’s the most important ingredient in deciding whether to indulge, indulge less or pass altogether…

    • pinks

      They have

  • JLynn

    Another good option to save calories is to just make your own! I found a recipe to make your own pumpkin spice coffee http://www.daftlydomestic.com/?p=534 and I’m going to try it out tomorrow morning. YUM!