Lots of us love our caffeine fix, but have you checked out the nutrition facts on one of those cold, creamy Starbucks drinks? A bare bones cup of Pike Place Roast comes in at just five calories, but a venti Caramel Frappuccino with whole milk and whipped cream clocks in at 510 calories, which is basically a couple of candy bars. So with more folks looking for low- and no-sugar drinks, Starbucks is trying to take their drinks’ sugariness down a notch.
Starbucks’ re-engineered Frappuccino formula is being tested in around 600 stores across the country and it separates the flavor for the drinks from the sugar. So you could still get the vanilla flavor you like without overdoing it on carbs. And those who want to customize their beverage to be more or less sweet can fine-tune it with more or less sweet cream, the new sugar delivery vehicle. They’ve been testing it for two years and now they feel it’s where they want it, so the texture of the frozen drink, as well as the flavor, remains the same.
The new formula means you can nab a grande Caramel Frappuccino that has 50 fewer calories and has 18 fewer grams of sugar than the original. And if you are at one of those test market stores, you may have tried a new Frapp and not noticed the change at all.
Source: Food and Wine