The company’s website boasts the drink was “inspired by one of the world’s most decadent desserts” and features their “signature strawberry puree and a crunchy layer of graham cookie crumbles” topped off with a “cheesecake-inspired whipped cream.” We think we gained five pounds just reading that.
Starbucks hasn’t made the nutritional information available–never a good sign–but if their other seriously scary, sugar-laden concoctions are any indication, you might be better off indulging in the real thing than slugging down a slushy version of cake in a cup.
For some context, a grande (16 oz.) Starbucks Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino with whipped cream has 494 calories and a whopping 71 grams of sugar–undoubtedly less than what a drink piled high with pieces of cookies would be. Want to try a less damaging option? (It is cheesecake we’re talking about here, after all.) You’ll get fewer calories and more satisfaction from Applebee’s Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Shooter with real strawberries and pieces of cake, which has less than half the sugar–32 grams–and comes in at a paltry-in-comparison 390 calories.
We love most Aussie exports–koala bears, Cate Blanchett and Ugg Boots to name few–but we won’t sweat it if Starbucks’ latest diet destroyer stays down under.