Eat This, Not That! Tried It: Starbucks’ Toasted Graham Latte
By Dana Leigh Smith
Just weeks after the healthified Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte made its long-awaited debut, the coffee giant decided to launch yet another fall-inspired latte — and people won’t stop talking about it.
Yes, that’s right. We’re talking about The Toasted Graham Latte, or TGL, an espresso beverage that’s made with flavors of graham and sweet cream and topped with cinnamon graham crumbles. If you think it sounds indulgent, you’re spot on. A grande made with 2% milk has 300 calories and 40 grams of sugar. Though that’s more than what you’d find in two bags of Pretzel M&M's, a typical Starbucks flavored latte prepared the same way has 250 calories and 35 grams of sugar, so it’s not far worse than the rest of the lot. Even so, is it really worth wasting your weekly cheat meal on the sippable treat? To find out, we picked one up and asked our thirsty, coffee-loving staffers to weigh in on the taste.
Overall, staffers enjoyed the light, toasted graham cracker aroma, but couldn’t quite pinpoint the flavor. A number of them noted that the drink tasted exactly like a vanilla latte. Other sippers described the flavor as similar to that of hazelnut flavored coffee, while one staffer, who missed the memo that we were trying out the new TGL, couldn’t pinpoint the flavor of the drink at all. One person even said that “it doesn’t taste much different from a regular coffee with milk.”
So is The Toasted Graham Latte worth sipping? We’re going to say no. A 300-calorie latte that only taste slightly different that a plain ol’ coffee is so not worth the calories. If you want to indulge at the café, why not pick up one of these Low-Calorie Coffee Shop Pastries? Eating your calories is often more satisfying than sipping them, anyways. Don’t you think?
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