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Hungry Girl,

I have fallen head over heels for the Starbucks Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème (with chocolate whipped cream!). It's so good, I've been too afraid to even look for the nutritional stats. Any thoughts on how to enjoy this thing guilt-free?

Frap Fan
Dear Frap Fan,

In general, I'm not crazy about the whole chocolate mint combo... I think it's okay but often not worth the calories (to me, the mint part ruins the fun of indulging in chocolate). But that being said, there are some chocolate mint things I do like, and I understand that there are a bazillion fans of the combination. As for your new Starbucks crush, the stats aren't pretty. A Grande (aka medium) one with the chocolate whipped cream clocks in at 530 calories and 19g fat (POINTS® value 12*). The smallest version with no whip still contains 310 calories and 5g fat (POINTS® value 6*) -- and that chocolate whipped cream is the best part! They don't make a light version of this Blended Crème beverage, so I decided to take a stab at it -- and the results are FANTASTIC! BTW, the unique thing about this Frap (and the swap!) is that it combines chocolate and SPEARMINT, not peppermint. But either works (and spearmint extract is super-hard to find). Check it out...

Hungry Girl's Mint Chocolate Chip Freeze

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 99 calories, 2g fat, 33mg sodium, 19g carbs, 0g fiber, 7.5g sugars, <0.5g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

1 tbsp. Fat Free French Vanilla Coffee-mate powdered creamer, dissolved in an oz. of warm water
1 tbsp. sugar-free chocolate syrup
1 flat tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. spearmint (or peppermint) extract
3 no-calorie sweetener packets
5 - 8 ice cubes OR 1 cup crushed ice
2 tbsp. Chocolate Reddi-wip

Place all ingredients except for the Reddi-wip in a blender, and then add 6 oz. cold water. Blend on high speed for 30 - 45 seconds. Pour, and top with Reddi-wip. MAKES 1 SERVING

Soooo good! P.S. You might wanna take a peek at the answer to the next Q before breaking out your blender...

Hey, HG!

What type of blender do you use for all of your blended ice drinks? Mine doesn't crush ice well at all. Thanks!

Blender Baffled
Dear Blender Baffled,

As you probably know, I LOOOOVE blended drinks. I'm also a bit of a blender maniac (and an ice snob!), because if you have a bad blender (or lame-o ice cubes), your smoothies, Swappuccinos and shakes are NOT going to be good. Here are some of the best blenders in the biz...

The Magic Bullet - It ROCKS -- so do all of the offshoots of this personal-sized blending phenomenon.

The Blendtec EZ - An AMAZING blender that is used daily at the HG HQ! It's crazy-pricey but AWESOME!

The Vita-Mix Turbo Blend - No relation to VitaTops! This is another fancy blender that people RAVE about. Also VERY expensive.

The Braun PowerMax Jug Blender - It's reasonably priced and people LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Happy blending! And remember, once you have a great blender, hook yourself up with some GREAT ice (it should NOT be old or made from unfiltered tap water!) and -- of course -- our fantastic HG recipes!

THIRSTY for More? Hit up Chapter 11 in the HG cookbook for a slew of coffee shop swaps (plus some CRAZY shockers!).
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