The “Short” Cup

I have no idea if this is common knowledge, but I feel like I just discovered a sneaky little secret from Starbucks.  Are you ready for this?  *drum roll please*  The “Short” Cup.

The "Short" Cup

Small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and too small for the hot cup holders, this drink is only 8 ounces and gives me a taste of Pumpkin Spice Latte without all the calories!  I just ate breakfast at Starbucks for 430 calories.  It is possible!  Here’s the breakdown straight from the website:

Short Pumpkin Spice Latte, Soy, No Whip

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (8 fl oz)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber <1g 4%
Sugars 24g
Protein 5g


Spinach, Feta, Egg-White Wrap

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (158 g)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 16%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 900mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 4g
Protein 18g


Grand total of

  • 430 calories
  • 62 grams carbs
  • 11 grams fat
  • 24 grams protein

OK, OK, so it’s a lot of sugar, but this isn’t an everyday thing.  It’s a bit of indulgence without going too crazy.  Let’s compare this to what I could have ordered and would have ordered in the past:

Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte, Soy, Whip Cream

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber <1g 4%
Sugars 49g
Protein 11g


Pumpkin Bread

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (121 g)
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 480mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 38g
Protein 6g


Grand total of

  • 760 calories
  • 117 grams carbs
  • 25 grams fat
  • 17 grams protein


So, my friends, I raise my short, whip-free latte to you in honour of smart choices that allow you to delight in the simple pleasures of this world.


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