Have you been captivated by the posters and advertisements for this McDonald’s McCafe Chocolate Chip Frappe that seem to be everywhere? On their website it’s described as, “An indulgent combination of rich mocha, sweet caramel and a hint of coffee, with added chocolate chips, all blended to perfection. Topped with whipped cream plus a double drizzle of chocolate and caramel.”
Want to venture a guess at the Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value (PPV) of this sweet indulgence?
Here’s the ingredient list:
Caramel Coffee Frappe Base: Water, cream, sugar, milk, high fructose corn syrup, coffee extract, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, potassium citrate, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, carob bean gum.
Mocha Coffee Frappe Base: Water, cream, sugar, milk, high fructose corn syrup, coffee extract, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, cocoa (processed with alkali), mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, potassium citrate, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, carob bean gum, colored with (red 40, yellow 5, blue 1).
Whipped Cream: Cream, nonfat milk, water, corn syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, mono-and diglycerides, carrageenan, polysorbate 80, beta carotene (color), natural (dairy and vegetable source) and artificial flavor, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) to protect flavor. Whipping Propellant (nitrous oxide).
Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet chocolate [sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, vanillin (artificial flavor), milk].
Caramel Drizzle: Corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk (milk, sugar), high fructose corn syrup, water, butter, sugar, salt, pectin, disodium phosphate, artificial flavor (vanillin, ethyl vanillin), caramel color (with sulfites), potassium sorbate (preservative).
Chocolate Drizzle: Corn syrup, dextrose, water, sugar, glycerin, hydrogenated coconut oil, cocoa (processed with alkali), food starch-modified, nonfat milk, natural (plant source) and artificial flavor, salt, gellan gum, disodium phosphate, potassium sorbate (preservative), soy lecithin, artificial flavor (vanillin).
If that’s not enough to scare you away, here’s the nutritional scoop:
Nutritional Estimates Per 16 ounces: 630 calories, 28 g fat, 89 g carbs,1 g fiber, 9 g protein and 18 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value (PPV)
Yes, you read correctly, a 16-ounce McDonald’s Chocolate Chip Frappe has a whopping 18 PointsPlus Value (PPV)!
What’s your daily PointsPlus target?
Mine is around 36 PPV per day on Maintenance. So this sugar and fat laden beverage, which I’d consume in a few minutes, giving me a sugar rush that would leave me hungry and craving more food in less than an hour, would would cost me HALF my daily PointsPlus allowance! (When you think about it that way, it’s just too big a price for me to pay, regardless of how tempting it looks.)
These days I don’t crave sugar like I once did, so I’m happy with a simple iced coffee made with skim or dairy free milk.
If you’re looking for a lighter version of the Frappe you can make at home, check out Hungry Girl’s Caramel Frappe Recipe with only 4 PPV or this Caramel Frappuccino Light you can make at home from Skinny Kitchen.
And I just came across this great site – Exercise4WeightLoss that has the nutrition information and Weight Watchers Points Plus for the menus at more than 350 restaurants!!
Check out these links:
- 11 Simple Ways to Deal with Sugar Cravings
- 10 Easy Ways to Cut Back on Sugar
- Don’t Drink Your Calories
- Slim & Healthy Pumpkin Drinks
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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