Coffeeshops offer lots of indulgent holiday beverages, but don’t be fooled: you can make them in the cozy comfort of your kitchen, too. Watch out for these surprisingly calorie-laden cold-weather drinks.
Eggnog doesn’t pull its rich creaminess out of thin air. With all that milk, cream, sugar and eggs, just a cup is heavy with a whole lot of calories: 224, to be exact, plus about 11 grams of fat.
2. Hot chocolate
Just 16 ounces of homemade hot chocolate will run you 385 calories—and that’s without the whipped cream.
3. Gingerbread latte
The Starbucks holiday favorite clocks in at 360 calories for a grande, with whole milk and whipped cream—plus 17 grams of fat. You’d be better off eating the real thing. A homemade square has 263 calories and 12 grams of fat.
4. Fa La Latte
The creation from Caribou Coffee comes with espresso, egg nog, whipped cream, nutmeg—and a whopping 650 calories.
5. Ho Ho Mint Mocha
Another choice from Caribou’s holiday menu is espresso-spiked mint hot chocolate with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, all for 550 calories.
6. Dessert wine
A 3.5-ounce glass of sweet after-dinner wine has 165 calories. You can get more wine for fewer calories (and isn’t that always the goal?) by drinking a glass of regular white wine. A 5-ounce pour has 123 calories and just a gram of sugar.
7. Caramel Apple Spice
Far from counting as a serving of fruit, this Starbucks’ take on a hot apple cider—steamed apple juice, cinnamon syrup, caramel and whipped cream—costs 360 calories for a grande.