The Scary Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte

November 11, 2014   35 Comments

Oh yeah. Starbucks is here with their holiday tradition of the MUST have drink.

Chestnut Praline Latte Review

We all know about the white chocolate mocha or the pumpkin spiced latte but THIS, my friends, makes those look like child’s play. Yes, Starbucks has reached new heights with its Chestnut Praline Latte.

Honestly, it didn’t sound good to me but I have this Starbucks app that invited me to try it (for $4.50) and I couldn’t help myself. My big chance to try the latest! I am always a couple of years behind the curve so this was exciting.

When I asked the friendly hung-over Starbucks barista (baristo?) what he thought of the drink he said, “When I first tried it, I thought it was okay. But, I’ve already had two of those this morning so I guess I really like it.”


The Chestnut Praline Latte is seriously addictive – and if you added rum to it – I think it might be the perfect drink. I was so happy until I made the mistake of looking at the nutrition facts online:

16 ounces is 330 calories, 13 g fat, 8.0 g saturated fat, 42.0 g carbohydrates, 39 g sugar, 12 g protein, 0 g fiber, 160 mg sodium, 9 Points+

We are talking 40% of your daily value of saturated fat and almost the same amount of sugar as a Coke in a coffee drink. Oh dear.

The Starbucks guy had already had 660 calories of this stuff and it was only 9:30 AM!

My advice is to avoid this drink altogether. I am forgetting I ever tried it. If you must indulge in coffee drinks then go with something a bit lighter because we are cruising into the holidays (already an excessive time of year).

I like the “Skinny Mocha” with nonfat milk. Here are the nutritional facts:

16 ounces is 140 calories, 1.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 18 g carbohydrates, 15 g sugar, 14 g protein, 4.0 g fiber, 4 mg sodium, 3 Points+

No, it will never be the Chestnut Praline Latte but at least I can button my pants after I drink it.

How do you deal with sugary coffee drinks?

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How do I deal? My office is right across the street from our local Starbucks. I haven't been in it ever. I pretend it is a hair salon. Like cookies, easier to have none than one....not that I don't eat cookies, but you get my drift. I can just imagine the tricks my mind would play on me if I let it know there was a Starbucks there.....Thank you, Lisa, for doing the research on this!!

I too am behind the curve and like to try the specialty drinks. My rule for myself being a new Starbucks fan ? I get one specialty drink a week after spin class if I want it otherwise I get a venti coffee black and all of their coffee flavors are awesome

Personally, I'd rather save those calories for something yummy that I can chew! Drinking calories just isn't worth it to me. If you want a cup of coffee, have a cup of coffee - forget all that sugary liquid.


To each is own

Am quiet sure there is something I like to eat that is high fat.

People like different things and being judgmental is not the route to go. They key is moderation wether u eat or drink!!!

You don't have to feel guilty about getting this drink as long as you are smart about the way you order it! The standard drink comes with 2% milk and whipped cream. If you ask for skim milk and no whipped cream, it tastes amazing and is only 160 calories and 0g fat for a tall. If you are watching sugar, just ask for just half the syrup. You can't really taste the difference, and it's an easy way to cut down on sugar and calories!

I had one of these last weekend and it was good, although the caramel brulee is my favorite . I thought the chestnut praline was a lot less sweet than some of their drinks. I usually get my lattes with nonfat milk and no whip. I can't do the skinny drinks because the fake sugar tastes nasty IMO. Everyone has their indulgences and mine happens to be latte's. I eat right for the most part, and work out regularly, and my latte's are the one special treat I allow myself once or twice a week.

Normally I get a tall nonfat or 2% misto, which is both inexpensive and very low in calories - it's just brewed coffee and milk, and sometimes I add one shot of vanilla syrup to it or maybe a packet of sugar. But I have a freebie coming to me for my birthday and it sounds to me like you're saying this is bad for you but ALSO delicious - so I think it's going to be my splurge. Also, I looked it up - with no whipped cream and nonfat milk, but still a grande, it goes down to 210 calories and no fat (and still a TON of sugar, yes). 50 more calories for 2% milk. Make it a tall nonfat no whip and it's down to 160 calories (alllllll sugar). So not QUITE as bad? But still, just one for me and then...back to misto!

Raising hand - I am addicted to Chai Tea Lattes. I started out with one a month and not I'm at one a week. Sometimes two. I do get them with skim milk but am not kidding myself, this is a bad habit that I need to get under control. First step it to admit it. This entry to snack girl has made me see the light.

I guess I'm "lucky" -- I love plain, black coffee, so I'm not too tempted. I used to buy those instant mocha mixes. Then I read the ingredient list... chemical, chemical, chemical. Very, very occasionally I'll get a miel from a local shop.

If someone is making a Starbucks run I ask for green tea. It's not a

Oops! I didn't get to finish!

It's not a sugar taste treat but I don't have to feel guilty for drinking it

I went to Starbucks the other day, and they gave me a sample of the new praline chestnut latte (there are no sugar-free syrups available for this one, but I did tell them to use nonfat milk and no whipped cream on the sample). I was not impressed--it tasted very artificial to me, and I tasted that sugary syrup more than anything else. I'll stick with my skinny mocha (140 cals in a grande) and skinny peppermint mocha (130 cals in a grande).

I enjoy the skinny vanilla latte, not sure of the nutritional facts, but it has to be in the 140 calorie range of the other skinny options at Starbucks. Happy guilt free drinking : )

If I -REALLY- want one of the holiday lattes I will drink it and just track those points, but most of the time I will get a medium black coffee and ask for a shot of the flavoring and add my own skin milk and sweetner. I get the flavor profile without the calorie bomb.

Raising hand - I am addicted to Chai Tea Lattes. I started out with one a month and not I'm at one a week. Sometimes two. I do get them with skim milk but am not kidding myself, this is a bad habit that I need to get under control. First step it to admit it. This entry to snack girl has made me see the light.

When I go to starbucks I order grande drip with sugar free syrup and top it off with 2% and fat free milk, but I usually make my own yummy coffee at home. I use one of the many sugar free flavors I've stocked my kitchen with, add fat free half and half its cheaper, no time waiting in line and I'm in control of the calories:). I dont even miss the foam!

Before WW I would get the White Chocolate Peppermint Mochas. I really do miss them, but today I had a skinny Peppermint Mocha, not the same, but it was a warm drink. I have gone to the shaken ice teas with no syrup and splenda. No points.

I guess I'm a rarity - - I don't like Starbucks coffee.

I agree with the comment about not jugdging. As far as the Starbucks praline thingy, I am sure most people are not willing or able to spend $4.50 every day for coffee. If I ever have that thing(which actually sounds heavenly), it will be a once a year treat.

I don't drink coffee or tea but once a year I go to Starbucks to get a caramel apple cider. It IS dessert and so yum.

39 grams of sugar just might be enough for me (a diabetic) to land in a sugar coma or stress my pancreas severely enough to experience pancreatitis. I never go to *bucks anyway because their prices are ridiculous.

I have a Starbucks at the end of the block from where I live and just around the corner from work and I never go. I guess I am just too cheap. I like regular coffee, nothing added and I like mine as well as theirs and it costs much less. The fancy ones are good and I did have a couple many years ago but they just cost too much, not to mention the calories. Back then I wasn't thinking so much about calories but I didn't want to spend the money.

I always ask what is in the drink and alter the syrups to help lower the calories. My white chocOlathe mocha has two pumps of white chocolate, non-fat no whip. Tastes good and less calories and such.

Marla, that's a great idea! I had the freebee today and I'm saving half of it for tomorrow because I usually get a talle. It was delicious!

Couldn't you just ask them to make it a "skinny?" I think their "skinnies" are often just as good as the original.

If I want to try a new drink I will just get a tall. I don't like to use a lot of points on something that won't fill me up. I drink coffee pretty regularly and Starbucks occasionally. At home I like to have the sugar free, fat free flavored creamers. At Starbucks if I want something decadent I get a smaller size , if I want something bigger I opt for a plain coffee with skim milk.

Thanks for blowing the lid off this chestnut praline thing--insane amount of sugar! I have a question about "Skinny Mocha" -- it's my understanding that anything "skinny" at Starbucks is made with some kind of fake sugar. Do you know if that's correct?

"Skinny Mocha" has 15 grams of sugar, which equals 3-3/4 teaspoons (4g = 1 tsp)? Not good for diabetics!

Should we also look at ingredients as well as the nutrition facts???

How do I deal with sugary coffee drinks? I avoid them as in never indulge. I'm a senior so I was brought up on good ole plain coffee, actually its much better, more sophisticated now. I love one good cup every morning, sometimes I'll add a pinch of cinnamon and salt, my italian mother-in-law taught me, sometimes I'll add a pinch of pumpkin spice, as learned via internet. But no syrups, candy-ish, unknown chemicals, artificial flavors for me.

I also enjoy perfecting my daily cup, presently loving Peets French Roast decaf beans and a porcelain cone pour-over method. :)

I stumbled upon this article today about a physician's sugar addiction. I found it interesting because her addiction didn't appear to be terribly excessive and I could actually identify with her work-day and my old work-day habits/trappings!…

I deal with it by getting drip coffee or Americanos until I have enough rewards points for a freebie, then buying my "dream" high-cal, high-fat drink IN VENTI (because it costs more! ;-) ) and drinking an entire week's worth of extra calories in one cup. That means I behave myself at Starbucks for about two months at a time, then go all out one day. Works for me!

I liken Starbucks to the neighborhood drug dealer and I'm currently not "using". Lol. I have so many other expensive habits, I just can't do it for anything that I have to drink in a paper cup.

I'm with Melanie...order it "healthier"! OR, make it at home...Torani makes syrups and just made a chestnut flavored one - I'm just waiting on it to come out in sugar-free mode! :)

More reasons to avoid Starbucks: not only too sweet, too high in calories, too artificial, too expensive, but they reject the consumer's right to know and are dishonest about it.…

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