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How Unhealthy is Starbucks' Christmas Tree Frappuccino?

Just in time for the holidays, Starbucks decided to close out the year with an all-new frothy sugar bomb.
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Just when we thought the Unicorn Frappuccino snagged the spot of 2017's most outrageous blended beverage, Starbucks decided to close out the year with an all-new frothy sugar bomb.

Lo and behold the Christmas Tree Frappuccino. It blends mocha sauce and peppermint syrup with ice and your choice of milk and is then adorned with green matcha-infused whipped cream, red candied cranberries, and a gold caramel drizzle—toppings that come together to resemble a decorated evergreen with all its bright bells and whistles.

Sure, it sounds like the utmost festive treat you can get your hands on this holiday season, but the celebration ends with one peek at its nutrition label. A Grande made with whole milk and topped with the flavored whipped cream will cost you 420 calories, 21 grams of fat (13 grams saturated fat, 0.5 grams trans fat), 53 grams of carbs (1 gram fiber, 50 grams of sugar), and 6 grams of protein.

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Thinking of ordering it Skinny? Swapping whole milk for nonfat will only save you 30 calories and three grams of fat, and will add an extra gram of sugar to your cup. Finish off a Grande and you'll meet the FDA's maximum recommendation of 50 grams of added sugars per day—in just one sitting!

If you absolutely can't miss out on this limited-time festive frapp, visit your local 'Bux before December 11 and share it with a friend. Just ask your barista to split your order into two cups (psst, that's a Skinny Starbucks Hack You Didn't Know Existed!)

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