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Frozen Coffee Treats can hit the spot on a hot summer day..

Coffee is the world's most popular fix. And yet it's hard to know what to make of the mixed messages about its effects on our health. We want to set the record straight: Coffee, down to its deep, dark, caffeine-filled soul, is good for you. And that's good, because four out of five American adults drink the heady brew. Problem is, blended coffee drinks are not the same as the unsullied stuff—and most people are easily fooled by frozen drinks packed with sugar and dangerous fats. Take Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Coolatta, for example. Order a large with cream and you're sucking down 46 grams of fat to get your morning buzz.

When the weather's warm, sipping a hot latte is unappetizing. So we put together this list of the 11 worst (and best!) frozen coffee drinks to help get you going in the morning without setting you up for calorie-overload. Not a fan of the bean? Toss a few ingredients in the blender for an easy breakfast that can rev your metabolism, boost your brain, or improve your mood. If you're pressed for time (or deficient in fruit), grab a nutritious breakfast on your way to work. Just be sure to avoid these 14 "healthy" smoothies that are more like milkshakes. And resist complementing your liquids with belt-busting breakfasts like these:

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Au Bon Pain
Caramel Blast (large)
760 calories
21 g fat (15 g saturated fat)
144 g sugars

The difference between iced and blended coffee drinks at Au Bon Pain? A hefty serving of ice cream. Just add ice to keep your drink’s calorie-count to a minimum.

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Iced Caffe Latte (Medium)
150 calories
8 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
13 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Auntie Anne’s
Mocha Dutch Ice (20 oz)
390 calories
12 g fat (11 g saturated fat)
53 g sugars

The Mocha Dutch Ice may not break the caloric bank as badly as items like Auntie’s Mocha Dutch Smoothie, but that doesn’t make up for its 11 grams of saturated fat and 53 grams of sugars. Steer clear of all cold coffee drinks on this menu, and stick to fruit flavors such as Kiwi-Banana or Blue Raspberry. You’ll cool down without packing on pounds.

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Kiwi-Banana Dutch Ice (14 oz)
150 calories
0 g fat
33 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Baskin Robbins
Oreo® 'n Cookies Cappuccino Blast® (Large)
950 calories
37 g fat (18 g saturated fat)
111 g sugars

It’s not surprising that a frozen drink with “Oreo ‘n Cookie” in the name doesn’t win our approval, but this is just one of numerous liquid calorie-bombs on Baskin Robbins’ menu. Your survival strategy? Stick to small sizes of nonfat or reduced-fat freezes or blasts to avoid sucking down more than an entire meal’s worth of calories.

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Cappuccino Blast® Nonfat (Small)
220 calories
0 g fat
44 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Cosi
Double Oh! Arctic (Gigante)
1,210 calories
19 g fat
259 g carbohydrates

You wouldn’t eat 27 Chicken McNuggets for breakfast, so why would you start your day with the liquid calorie-equivalent? Not one of the Arctics on Cosi’s menu comes in at less than 300 calories. If you must have a frozen drink, go with a fruit smoothie. Other good options: Iced Tea and Raspberry Iced Tea

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Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie (Tall)
286 calories
0 g fat
0 carbohydrates

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Dairy Queen
Mocha Moolatte (24 oz)
830 calories
31 g fat (19 g saturated fat)
103 g sugars

DQ offers a number of Blizzard Treats that break the 1000-calorie barrier, but they’re material for an entirely different list of gut-bombs—the exact opposite of these 20 healthy desserts. The worst thing about this frozen drink is that it’s not under the “cool treat” heading on the menu, so you don’t assume it serves up more calories than two Quarter Pounders. You’re better off indulging in a small chocolate sundae to cool off. If that won’t quench your thirst, opt for a small artic rush.

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Arctic Rush, All Flavors (Small)
240 calories
0 g fat
48 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Dunkin’ Donuts
Coffee Coolatta with Cream (large)
660 calories
46 g fat (28 g saturated fat)
46 g sugars

Coolatta concentrate consists of water, sugar, coffee extract, coloring, and flavoring. Order a 16-oz with skim milk and it’s fat-free (though beware of those 40 grams of sugar); get one with cream like this and you’re sucking down at least 22 grams of fat.

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Coffee Coolatta with Skim Milk (Small)
140 calories
0 g fat
29 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Einstein Bros.
Frozen Café Caramel (24 oz)
660 calories
11 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat)
86 g sugars

Placing a healthy order at this bagel shop takes strategy. A few things to consider: Each bagel comes loaded with twice as many carbs as a donut, not a wrap or specialty sandwich has fewer than 500 calories, and when it comes to chilled coffee drinks, “iced” is always better than “frozen.”

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Iced Latte (16 oz)
120 calories
4.5 g fat (3 g saturated fat)
11 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Krispy Kreme
Mocha Dream Chiller (12 oz)
670 calories
28 g fat (24 g saturated fat)
58 g sugars

Krispy Kreme recently revamped its beverage selection with these Chillers—frozen beverages that can pack more than a thousand calories into a 20-ounce cup. They can be sensible if you stick to small sizes and fruit flavors.

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Very Berry Chiller (12 oz)
170 calories
0 g fat
43 g sugar

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Panera
Frozen Mocha (Largo)
670 calories
26 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat)
79 g sugars

It’s bad news when a drink packs more fat than a foot-long sub sandwich. An Iced Chai Tea Latte or Iced Green Tea will satisfy your sweet tooth and save you more than 500 calories.

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Iced Green Tea (Grande)
110 calories
0 g fat
23 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Sonic
Java Chiller, Caramel (20 oz)
760 calories
25 g fat (16 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat)
106 g sugars

Sonic deserves credit for keeping all its burgers at less than 1,000 calories—a rare accomplishment in the fast-food world. But it does so just barely, and it more than makes up for it by offering no reprieve for the fat-loaded fries, tots, onion rings, and drinks that litter its menu. Your best option for a cold drink is one of the Real Fruit Slushes. Stick to small or medium sizes to avoid a sugar overdose.

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Iced Latte, Chocolate/Hazelnut (14 oz)
250 calories
7 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
38 g sugars

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Starbucks
Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème – whip (grande)
570 calories
15 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
83 g sugars

This afternoon pick-me-up is a clandestine delivery system for 30 teaspoons of sugar. To top this sugar load, you would have to munch through three sticky orders of cotton candy.

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Espresso Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee
110 calories
0.5 g fat
13 g sugars


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