Beware: The Frozen Drinks of Summer

Nothing says summer like a slushy drink.

A blender, some ice, and the promise of super-cooled refreshment; what was once a poolside specialty can now be found at every coffee shop, convenience store, and fast food outlet.

We used to know where we stood with our frozen drinks. Milkshakes were a dessert stand-in when you didn’t feel like a cone. Slushies, were glo-light-colored slurries of icy, sugar that were strictly for the playground set. Smoothies were a nutritious meal replacement for the health and fitness crowd.

Now it’s not so clear.

Here are some of the most popular summer sips posed next to their dessert equivalents in terms of sugar content. Bear in mind that one teaspoon of sugar delivers 4 grams.


Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte (24 fl oz), 112 grams of sugar; equivalent to a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts Bavarian Kreme-filled donuts.

Baskin-Robbins ice cream soda (28.6 fl oz), 136 grams of sugar; equivalent to 10 Fudgesicles.

Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller (20 fl oz), 115 grams of sugar; equivalent to 16 chocolate eclairs.

Così Double Oh! Arctic Mocha (23 fl oz), 240 grams of sugar; equivalent to 41 Oreos (you’re into a second package).

McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake (32 fl oz), 168 grams of sugar; equivalent to 13 McDonald’s apple pies.

Smoothie King Peanut Power Plus Grape (40 fl oz), 214 g sugars; equivalent to 20 Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Cold Stone PB&C peanut butter and chocolate shake (24 fl oz), 153 grams of sugar; equivalent to 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies.

Next time you quench your thirst with one of these frosty beverages, ask yourself: is it a snack? Dessert?  A meal replacement or a meal enhancement? You decide.

[all images via World Of Mysteries]

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2 Responses to Beware: The Frozen Drinks of Summer

  1. Havahduin paniikissa siihen, että aina niin hehkuva ja nuorekas ihoni olikin hieman jo venyvää ja punoittavaa. Työstressi lisäsi ihon huonoa kuntoa, joten perustavanlaatuinen analyysi ja oikeat hoito-ohjeet olisivat paikallaan, jotta saisin palautettua ainakin hieman kasvojeni entistä hehkua (vaikka kait se on pakko myöntää maan vetovoiman vaikutus)..

  2. Okay, the visuals for this are astounding and gross. I’ve officially accepted the self-inflicted challenge of creating a chill-worthy, sweetly-satisfying, and HEALTHY summer beverage.

    This post earns its shock value. Thanks for sharing it!

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