How many “packs” of sugar is in that? Strabucks Hot Chocolate

By: Wendy Wu, R.D., M.S.

I’ve decided to play a game called how many packs of sugar is in that food? A “pack” of sugar refers to one pouch of the sugar you get at restaurants and coffee shops. In speaking with friends and family, many do not relate to or understand measurements like “grams”, “ounces” or “liters”. Therefore, to make measurements more visual, I refer to grams of sugar as in “packs” (each pack has ~4 grams of sugar) and ounces/liters as in “short” (8oz), “tall” (12oz), “grande”(16oz), or “venti” (20oz).

One pack of sugar = ~4grams

Today’s game: How many packs of sugar is in a  Starbucks grande (16oz) Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and No chocolate drizzle?

Starbucks Hot Chocolate w/ Whipped Cream

 Answer: 11 packs of sugar!

Starbucks Hot Chocolate Ingredients: Mocha syrup and steamed milk with vanilla syrup.

Short Starbucks hot chocolate w/ whipped cream= 6 packs

Tall Strabucks hot chocolatew/ whipped cream = 8 packs

Grande Starbucks hot chocolate w/ whipped cream = 11 packs

Venti Starbucks hot chocolate w/ whipped cream = 14 packs

Instead: Ask for Skinny Hot Chocolate with “no-sugar vanilla syrup” or Hot Chocolate with “no sugar, no syrup” (add your own pack of sugar).

Photo Source: Stuart Miles

Or you can Try this recipe at home! A nice cup of low calorie hot cocoa:

Mix 1 cup of microwaved hot skim milk with 1 Tablespoon unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder and 1/2 pack of sugar.


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4 thoughts on “How many “packs” of sugar is in that? Strabucks Hot Chocolate

  1. OMG perfect! We must let EVERYONE know about this and then tell them WHY sugar is so lethal! My friends constantly ask me if drinking coffee is okay and I have to tell them, yes COFFEE BY IT SELF is one of the most antioxidant rich beverages out there, but the second you add sugar, cream, whipped cream, lard, etc… it turns into a toxic sugar bomb! This information never seems to sink in though because they wind up getting the drinks again and then they get shocked when I tell them I want some coffee too… BUT BLACK COFFEE! ha ha ha. Oh well, maybe one of these days they will get it!

    1. Yes! By making simple exchanges, a beverage that originally contains 600 calories and 50 grams of sugar can be reduced to 60 calories and 0 sugar. It’s tough for people to make drastic changes so I always believe that weaning off is the best choice!

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