This UK summer drink contains double your daily sugar allowance!

22 July 2021
2 min read
  • Pret a Manger’s summer drinks have the highest sugar content with an average3g per drink
  • Pret a Manger’s Chocolate Shake takes first place with7g of sugar!
  • Starbucks average sugar content is lowest at 4g per drink

Nothing quite relieves the sweltering heat of the day than a crisp cool drink during the summer months. However, to align with fitness goals and progress, many will want to take a further look into the drink’s nutritional content; so, which cold summer drink has the highest sugar content?

Intrigued with finding the most sugar filled summer cold drinks menu, utilised's research on the sugar content of our favourite cocktails to consider how much sugar could be hiding in our everyday summer drinks. The four most popular drinks outlets were collated by quantity of UK located stores. Using the nutritional information provided on each of their respective websites, each drink was then ranked according to the sugar content.

The most sugar filled drinks chain searched through the nutritional information of milkshakes, frappes, iced coffees, and smoothie drinks in each menu and can reveal that the most sugar filled summer drinks menu belongs to Pret a Manger!

Pret a Manger has an average of 32.3g of sugar per cold drink, which is the highest average sugar content of all chains featured in this study. It also comes out on top with the highest average calorie content (212.3 kcal).

Caffè Nero is second, only 5.7g away from the top spot with an average 26.6g of sugar per drink. Caffè Nero has four drinks in the top ten all above 40g of sugar and has the lowest average calorie content (120.1g)

Taking third place is Costa Coffee (Costa) with an average of 25.1g of sugar per drink, and an average of 185.9 calories per drink.

In fourth is Starbucks, with 22.4g of sugar in the average cold drink. Starbucks has an average calorie content of 185.9 per drink.

The Most Sugar Filled Drinks

After analysing the top ten drinks, it has been found that in first place we have Pret’s Chocolate Shake, which contains a whopping 60.7g of sugar, contains the same amount of fat and protein (11.2g) and is highest for calories (439).

In second, Starbuck’s Caramel Frappuccino (49g of sugar) also contains 367 calories and has a relatively low fat content of just 4.3g.

Following closely behind in third is Costa’s Golden Caramel Frostino (with Light Dairy Swirl) with 48.7g of sugar. It also contains 298 calories and a comparatively high carb content of 57.1g.



Sugar Content (g)

Calorie Content (g)

1.       Pret a Manger

Chocolate Shake



2.       Starbucks

Caramel Frappuccino



3.       Costa Coffee

Golden Caramel Frostino with Light Dairy Swirl



4.       Starbucks

Iced White Mocha



5.       Costa Coffee

Red Berries Fruit Cooler



6.       Starbucks

Java Chip Frappuccino



7.       Café Nero

Raspberry & White Chocolate Frappe Crème



8.       Café Nero

Hazelnut & Chocolate Frappe Crème 



       =9.    Café Nero

Espresso & Caramel Frappe Crème



       =9.   Café Nero

Salted Caramel & Pistachio Frappe Crème



*The = symbol refers to joint rankings

The Least Sugar Filled Drinks

Caffè Nero has two drinks taking joint ninth for lowest sugar content; the Salted Caramel & Pistachio Frappe Crème and Espresso & Caramel Frappe Crème both contain 44.3g of sugar.  

Closely followed in eighth is another Caffè Nero drink, Hazelnut & Chocolate Frappe Crème (44.8g of sugar).