The 'worst beverage in America' gets a taste test

May 13, 2011 at 4:41 PM ET

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald /
Cold Stone Creamery's shake, named by Men's Health as the "Worst Beverage in America," clocks in at 2,010 calories.

Would you ever eat 30 chocolate chip cookies in one sitting? Well, that’s pretty much what you’re doing when you drink the peanut butter and chocolate shake at Cold Stone Creamery. Men’s Health recently named it the “Worst Beverage in America” -- above other contenders like the Dairy Queen’s Caramel MooLatte and Krispy Kreme’s Lemon Sherbet Chiller.

Watch Kathie Lee and Hoda give it a taste in the video clip below. The offending beverage has a whopping 2,010 calories. In case you were wondering, that’s 10 calories more than the FDA’s recommended caloric intake of 2,000 calories per day. That diet, of course, features an inverse pyramid filled with fruits and vegetables while Cold Stone’s PB&C shake is filled with chocolate ice cream, milk and peanut butter. It also includes 131 grams of fat (68 of them saturated) and 153 grams of sugar. To put that in perspective, that’s about the same amount of fat you would get by eating 40 strips of bacon.

Don’t worry, you can always burn off the weight by running for 20 miles, biking for 50 or 60 miles, swimming 12,000 yards or playing tennis for a full five hours. Or, you could always opt for something a little healthier. Cold Stone’s Sinless Smoothies, in flavors like Strawberry Bonanza, Berry Lemony and 2 to Mango, ditch the ice cream and sugar for fruit, ice and Splenda and contain only 110 calories each.

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