Sometimes you're just craving Dunkin' Donuts: Maybe you walk past a Dunkin' and the siren scent of hot sugar lures you inside, or perhaps you're having a bad morning and you know that the best cure for you will be to pop inside America's sweetheart of an all-day breakfast chain.
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The array of gooey treats covered in colorful, seasonally-shaped sprinkles, drizzled with caramel and chocolate, stuffed with rich custard, and rolled in fluffy coconut are enough to entice even the most austere eaters from time to time. But if you're watching your weight, you could reasonably think you're doing your body a favor if you "just" go ahead and treat yourself to a little hot mocha instead of getting yourself a cruller.
Using the Cinnabon (arguably the best yardstick for how bad a food or drink is for you), the medium, skim milk version of this drink — with no sugar added — still has more sugar than a 4-count Cinnabon Classic Bites with a Snickers ice cream bar kicker. A large with whole milk has more sugar than three orders of CinnabonStix with an extra frosting cup for dipping purposes.
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Twix ice cream bars have 23 g sugar — a large whole milk caramel latte has more sugar than three Twix ice cream bars and more calories than a loaded baked potato at Applebee’s. The skim-milk size medium still has more calories than a serving of Banquet Brown 'n Serve sausages.
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Compared to Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets, which contain five grams of fat per pocket, this drink packs 16 grams of saturated fat in a large whole milk and 10 grams of saturated fat in a medium skim. That’s over three times the amount of saturated fat in the large, double that of the medium.
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The most caloric drink on the menu, a medium order still packs more calories than a Stouffer’s Frozen Lasagna, and the extra-large contains more calories than a Hungry Man Roasted Carved White Meat Turkey meal with home-style gravy and sides. An extra-large contains the same amount of fat as an Outback Special 9 ounce steak, and more carbs than a large order of Wendy’s fries. It is 95 percent of your allocated saturated fat for the day.
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And that depends on the kind of coffee you tend to order: Are you going for a regular black cup of joe, or are you indulging in one of the many sweeter offerings on the drink menu? Here's a hint: If the phrase "Brown Sugar" or something like it is in the title, you could actually be better off with the doughnut, given the amount of sugar, calories, and fat content that gets jammed into those Dunkin' Donuts cups.
It doesn't seem fair, does it? When you buy a doughnut, you know you're getting yourself a little sweet treat -- a doughnut is just a bunch of fried, frosted dough on top, after all.
It's basically synonymous with the notion of "an indulgence," and while it's kind of amazing that glorified cakes could make their way as even an occasional breakfast item, doughnut consumption is generally not an everyday kind of occurrence. But a cup of coffee, even a sugary-sweet one, is considered a standard morning pick-me-up. Our ranked list of the unhealthiest drinks available at Dunkin' might have you changing your mind.
-Jess Novak, The Daily Meal
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