- 

The Food and Drug Administration is implementing an Obama-era requirement that restaurants and other food outlets with more than 20 locations have to publicly display calorie counts.

Can you guess how many calories are in a meal by looking at it? Check out our quiz below and see how common food chains and their menu items fare against one another.

  • Which has more calories: a glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme or coffee cake from Starbucks?
    Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut
    Starbucks’ Classic Coffee Cake
    Starbucks’ Classic Coffee Cake has more, coming in at 390 calories. A doughnut might not be synonymous with eating healthy, but it does have less calories – 200 calories less in this case.
  • Which has more calories: an Applebee’s Mucho Strawberry Lime Margarita or a grande Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha?
    Applebee’s Mucho Strawberry Lime Margarita
    A grande Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha
    Coffee has to have less calories than alcohol, right? Not in this case. A grande White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks, without whipped cream, has 430 calories, 110 calories more than a large margarita from Applebee’s.
  • Which has more calories: Olive Garden’s Famous House Salad with Italian dressing or the Garden Chicken Salad from Buffalo Wild Wings?
    Olive Garden’s Famous House Salad
    Buffalo Wild Wings' Garden Chicken Salad
    Salads — they have to be a healthy option, right? That might be the case, but the Garden Chicken Salad from Buffalo Wild Wings, with the grilled chicken option and lemon vinaigrette, has the higher calorie count here, clocking in at 800 calories. That’s 650 calories more than the salad at Olive Garden.
  • Which has more calories: a 6-inch Italian BMT from Subway or half of a Roasted Turkey and Avocado BLT from Panera Bread?
    A 6-inch Italian BMT from Subway
    Half of a Roasted Turkey and Avocado BLT from Panera Bread
    BLTs are always a bit of a calorie splurge. But Subway, which emphasizes its healthy food options, weighs in with the higher calorie count at 390 calories. That’s 70 calories more than its counterpart at Panera Bread.
  • Which has more calories: a medium Big Mac Meal from McDonald’s or the Famous Factory Meatloaf from The Cheesecake Factory?
    A medium Big Mac Meal
    Famous Factory Meatloaf
    Both McDonald’s and The Cheesecake Factory aren’t known for their healthy food options. But which one ranks higher on the calorie scale? The Famous Factory Meatloaf does, at 1,770 calories for a dinner plate. That’s 680 calories more than a Big Mac with a medium coke and fries.
Take the quiz

Nutritional information for included chains:
Starbucks
McDonald’s
Cheesecake Factory
Buffalo Wild Wings
Subway
Krispy Kreme
Olive Garden
Applebee’s
Panera Bread

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.