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With Christmas FM back on the radio and the Coca-Cola ad returned to TV, the festive season is officially under way.

But while many dread this time of year for the effects it can have on one’s waistline, an abundance of chocolate, pudding and wine may well be the least of our worries.

As part of a growing annual tradition, major coffee chains like Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Caffè Nero have updated their menus to include a range of delicious but sugar laden holiday beverages.

In nutritional terms, the most offensive of these drinks contains almost 300 calories and over 50g of sugar – that’s 15 percent of the average woman’s daily calorie allowance and twice her recommended intake of the sweet stuff.

Here’s what to look out for in Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero this Christmas:



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Fudge Hot Chocolate (tall): 287kcal, 31.1g sugar, 11.9g fat.

Toffee Nut Latte (tall): 268kcal, 30g sugar, 11.1g fat.

Eggnog Latte (tall): 248kcal, 32.1g sugar, 10.7g fat.

Gingerbread Latte (tall): 265kcal, 29.3g sugar, 10.7g fat.


Caffè Nero:


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Tiramisu Hot Chocolate (regular): 291kcal, 50.9g sugar, 5.1g fat.

Tiramisu Latte (regular): 143kcal, 22.4g sugar, 2.8g fat.


Costa Coffee:


Time for a Christmas pit stop? You can’t go wrong with an Amaretti Latte.

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Mint Hot Chocolate (primo): 273kcal, 31g sugar, 10.2g fat.

Black Forest Hot Chocolate (primo): 247kcal, 25.3g sugar, 25.3g fat.

Orange Hot Chocolate (primo): 241kcal, 25.3g sugar, 10g fat. 

Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate (primo): 224kcal, 19.9g sugar, 10g fat.

Honeycomb Latte (primo): 217kcal, 23.4g sugar, 9.9g fat.

Gingerbread Latte (primo): 169kcal, 11.6g sugar, 9.3g fat.

Lindt Hot Chocolate (one size): 163kcal, 16g sugar, 6.3g fat.

Amaretti Latte (primo): 160kcal, 12.1g sugar, 8.9g fat.

Salted Caramel Cappuccino (primo): 64kcal, 8.8g sugar, 0.8g fat.  


Be careful where you stop for your morning coffee as you could come face-to-face with an unwelcome furry friend.

International coffee shop chain Caffé Nero has promised an investigation after a horrific video was published of rats running around one of its Irish branches. The coffee shop in question, located in central Belfast, remains shut today with a sign saying it is "closed for essential maintenance."

The footage in question was filmed almost a month ago by a couple walking through Belfast city centre after a night out. In the short video, a number of rats can be seen climbing across one of the coffee machines before the camera pans out to show the store's name.

It is often said that in a busy city you could be anywhere from three to 30 metres away from a rat at all times, and going by this video that distance could be a LOT shorter.

​Caffé Nero has its headquarters in England but has over 700 coffee houses worldwide in countries across Europe, the US and the UAE. As well as the Northern Irish branches, Caffé Nero also has four locations in Dublin.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the 24-year-old man who spotted the pests said he was stunned and felt he had to capture what he saw. "I couldn't believe it in such a well-known brand. I was quite shocked and stunned. That's why I started recording it, because I didn't think anyone would believe it," he explained.

"It was out of the corner of my eye I noticed one rat on the floor and then eventually another one, and I watched them climb up the counter top and in behind the coffee machine. Then I started recording it."

In a response today, a representative for Caffé Nero said an urgent investigation was underway. "This incident has only just been brought to our attention," the spokeswoman said. "We are taking it extremely seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation as a matter of urgency."

Photo sources: Belfast Telegraph