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It's easy to think about how many calories may be in a fast-food burger and fries (although most of us would rather not, thank you very much). But how often do you think about the calories in your Starbucks  (SBUX)  drink of choice? Some of those drinks can have even more calories than a fast-food burger.

If you've ever wondered if your favorite drink is bad for you, well, wonder no more. You're about to find out just which Starbucks drinks are the biggest calorie blasts, so if you don't wanna know, click away now.

Note that all the drinks in this list are Venti size and use Starbucks’ recommended options. Any modifications, such as a different kind of milk, will change the calorie counts in each drink. Everything is OK in moderation, right?

The good news for some is that straight Starbucks coffee and tea don’t appear anywhere on this list. The bad news is your favorite drink might make an appearance. 

Mocha Frappuccino (500 Calories)

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With 500 calories in one 20-ounce cup, the Mocha Frappuccino is tied for the bottom spot on this list. Those 20 ounces also contain 140 mg of caffeine and 79 g of sugar.

The drink is one of the simpler ones on the list. It’s made of coffee with a mocha-flavored sauce that’s blended with milk and ice, then topped with whipped cream.

Iced Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino (500 Calories)

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A 24-ounce Iced Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino makes the list with a total of 500 calories. The small amount of coffee used to make it gives the Venti drink a modest 120 mg of caffeine.

The drink is made with coffee and vanilla bean powder, which are blended with milk and ice like every other Frappuccino. According to Starbucks, the "spicy fragrance" of vanilla enhances the rich dark-roasted coffee used in the drink.

Matcha Creme Frappucino (520 Calories)

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Matcha is a delightful flavor loved by tea drinkers worldwide, and Starbucks' version basically takes that and turns the volume up to 11. Topped with whipped cream and blended with milk, it's also a nice pick if you're looking for a low-caffeine option. But the bad news is that a Venti size has 79 grams of sugar and 18 grams of fat. You can modify that by ordering a smaller size and asking for an alternative milk option or less syrup.

Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Creme (520 Calories)

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With 520 calories in a 24-ounce cup, the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Creme is only for those who love the flavor of chocolate. The drink combines "chocolaty" chips, mocha-flavored syrup, milk, and ice, topped with whipped cream and mocha drizzle. It must just have too much "chocolate."

It is worth noting, however, that the company only uses the terms "chocolaty" and "chocolate-flavored" when describing the drink, or any other "chocolate" drink. There’s no mention of actual chocolate being used to make the drink.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate (550 Calories)

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The Peppermint Hot Chocolate sounds so simple; it's hot chocolate with peppermint flavoring. But sometimes you need to add a few more flavors to make it more interesting. This drink actually contains peppermint-, mocha- and vanilla-flavored syrups mixed with "dark chocolate curls" to make it a bit more complex.

A 20-ounce Venti Peppermint Hot Chocolate contains 550 calories. To put that in perspective, a McDonald's Big Mac also contains 550 calories.

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino (550 Calories)

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The White Chocolate Mocha Creme Frappuccino makes the list with 550 calories in a 20-ounce Venti. The drink also contains 12 g of saturated fat.

Starbucks says the drink combines coffee and "white chocolate flavored sauce," which are blended with milk and ice. White chocolate "inspires devotion" according to the company, though it can only offer the flavor of white chocolate in the drink.

Iced White Chocolate Mocha (560 calories)

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The Venti White Chocolate Mocha (distinctly not the same as the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino) comes in third on the list with 580 calories in 20 ounces. With 150 mg of caffeine, it has far less than even an 8-ounce Clover Brewed Coffee (the coffee has 180 mg), but it’s better than nothing. Starbucks says the drink blends the "elegant, creamy taste" of white chocolate with the "rich, full-bodied" taste of its espresso.

Java Chip Frappuccino (580 Calories)

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The Java Chip Frappuccino blends the taste of a mocha-flavored sauce, milk, and "chocolaty" chips for a 20-ounce drink that contains 580 calories. The drink also contains 95 g of carbohydrates and 21 g of total fat.

Starbucks says the drink was made for those who love the taste of chocolate in their iced coffee.

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Tied for the top spot on the list is the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino with 590 calories per serving. The 23-ounce drink also contains about 140 mg of caffeine, which should help keep you awake if you can finish it all.

The drink features rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, and Frappuccino chips that are blended with Frappuccino roast, milk, and ice and topped with whipped cream and cookie crumbles. The combination sounds great, though the calorie count may make it a bit less enticing.

White Hot Chocolate (590 Calories)

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Strangely one of the highest calorie drinks on this list is also one of the most deceptively simple drinks on the Starbucks menu. At 590 calories, a Venti Starbucks White Hot Chocolate has more calories than some meals. The drink also has 15 g of saturated fat or 75% of the recommended daily value.

Starbucks says the drink is "creamier than creamy," with added "buttery white chocolate flavored sauce" to make for a richer taste. Unfortunately, all of that adds up to a drink with more calories than almost every other drink on the menu.