The One Coffee You Should Never, Ever Order at Starbucks, According to an Employee

Updated: Mar. 30, 2021

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CoffeeBoyloso/ShutterstockCoffee lovers, we’ll spill the good news first. There is undisputed, scientific proof that coffee is good for you; you can even drink way more cups of Joe than you thought! But here’s the bad news: When it comes to your favorite Starbucks beverage, there’s more to these yummy treats than meets the eye.

It’s likely that, deep down, you already know that your favorite drink is packed with sugar and fat. But out of every sweet beverage on the Starbucks menu, there’s one specific brew that is almost certainly wrecking your waistline: the frappuccino. Those who are watching their weight or limiting their sugar intake should probably avoid Fraps if they can, according to Jenny*, a Starbucks employee in New York. (She asked that her real name not be used.)

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should banish Fraps altogether. While you can always make your coffee habit healthier, treating yourself to this fan favorite on occasion is completely fine. But if you do indulge, you should be careful of a few flavors, in particular.

“I don’t think anyone thinks about how much sugar they’re drinking when they order a Frap like the Zombie, which has fake apple and caramel flavors and pink-dyed whipped cream,” Jenny told Truth be told, that pink whipped cream is made with dextrose, a simple sugar that causes your blood sugar levels to spike and crash—which is bad news for anyone watching the scale.

“Another frappuccino that is famously bad, like so bad it’s become a running joke, is the Chocolaty Chip Crème Frap, which has more than 400 calories—just for a grande!” Jenny said. What’s more, a grande Chocolaty Chip Créme frappuccino also contains 13 grams of saturated fat and 52 grams of sugar. Yikes!

Bottom line: While you can definitely enjoy these sweet beverages every once in awhile, they probably shouldn’t replace your standard morning java. On the other hand, you now have an excuse to try the healthiest ways to hack the Starbucks menu. Happy drinking!