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The Skinny on Wendy’s New Twisted Frosties

wendys twisted frostyI may be a health enthusiast but when it comes to ice cream (soft-serve only) all of my health credos melt off the cone. So when a few days ago I saw a commercial for Wendy’s new twisted Frosties, I had to investigate exactly what these new creamy treats were and how I could fit them into my daily caloric budget.

If you haven’t seen the ads yet, Wendy’s has just launched two new flavors to their usual Frosty menu: Frosty-cino and Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty (try saying that eight times in a row!). As I was doing my search, I didn’t realize that Wendy’s sports a frozen ice cream line that rivals Dairy Queen. From the traditional Frosty, that as a kid I eagerly spooned up, to their newly added frosties including vanilla, strawberry, M & M’s, Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough, and Oreo, the list was much heftier than I remembered as a young girl.  

Unfortunately, much to my dismay, these new Frosties are also pretty hefty when it comes to calories and fat.  Here’s how these new frozen treats stack up in numbers:

Frosty-Cino: One small has 390 calories, 10 grams of fat with six of them being the artery-clogging saturated fat, and 52 grams of sugar! That’s about 13 teaspoons of sugar for those of you who need a visual comparison for a shock factor.

Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty: One size (it only comes in one size) has 540 calories for the vanilla and 550 for the chocolate. Fat grams are 20 grams for the vanilla and 21 grams for the chocolate, 15 of them for both flavors are saturated fat grams and 69 grams of sugar, or 16.4 teaspoons.

As a self-professed soft-serve ice cream-aholic, it is my summertime duty to at least sample one of these new decadent treats. Given these irreconcilable nutrition stats, I have narrowed my options down to two: Eat the Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty (‘cuz that is the one that is really crying my name) in its entirety and nix lunch and dinner for the day or grab four of my favorite ice cream loving pals, five spoons and pass it around.

Since our taste buds tire of a flavor after a mere three bites, I’m inclined to opt for option number two. That way, I can have my Frosty and not feel like I’m sacrificing a half of day’s worth of food for a few minutes of ice cream decadence.

May 28th, 2009

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