New Gluten-Free Offerings at Starbucks

mixed_case_largeThere is some good news to report regarding the gluten-free options at Starbucks. Sorry – I’m not announcing that the company is introducing another gluten-free pastry. Many of us have been hoping that Starbucks would come up with something to replace the delicious Valencia Orange gluten-free cake. The release of the new cake last spring was big news in our community and when Starbucks announced the cancellation of the cake via Twitter, it didn’t go over too well. There was a petition to bring back the cake started on this blog. It seems like Starbucks listened, but needed to do what made sense for the company dollar wise, which is only fair to them. All of the gluten-free items they chose to offer have a very long shelf life. This should lead to less waste and less profit loss. Let’s face it, Starbucks has been hit pretty hard by the current economic climate and a lot of baristas were put out of work over the last two years.

home_productsWhen the company finally announced their new gluten-free offerings – a second round if you will – I tried to look at the bright side of things. Many people want to buy snacks like KIND bars, Food Should Taste Good chips or Lucy’s Cookies to enjoy with their lattes at Starbucks. For people that always have dried fruit, bars and other snacks in their cars, there isn’t a draw to purchase the new items at Starbucks. For the full Starbucks gluten-free product list, check out Gluten-Free Philly’s post. There are nut free and dairy free options this time around.

Most of the gluten-free snacks that Starbucks is bringing in are very popular with the gluten-free crowd. Though I’ve not sampled everything, I personally very much enjoy the KIND bars, Food Should Taste Good chips and Lucy’s Cookies.  Starbucks explained after the discontinuation of the Valencia Orange cake that gluten-free consumers wanted something more healthy than cake to eat. That is not true for everyone, to say the least. In these difficult economic times, it’s tough to rationalize spending more on a KIND bar at Starbucks than the ones packed in our car storage compartment at all times.

The latest news from Starbucks is great for everyone that does want to be able to buy something to eat at the coffee house. It’s smart business for a large company like Starbucks to accommodate gluten-free, vegan and organic minded consumers with these new food options. According to the Restaurant Guide, 120 other chain restaurants already have gluten-free options. Many people will enjoy these products from Starbucks and that is certainly good news. Having something is better than nothing is the motto of some people. For those of you who are excited by the Starbucks gluten-free news – ENJOY!

18 thoughts on “New Gluten-Free Offerings at Starbucks”

  1. yeah… because when I’m in the mood for something healthy I always make a quick trip to starbucks lol

    I was sad to see the only GF goodie was replaced by basically trial mix. most of us GFers are sick to death of trial mix – it’s the obvious thing to keep in the car for emergencies. I sure hope their new “menu” improves! (though I confess the ONLY reason I ever went to starbucks was for the GF cake. I detest coffee – so I might not be the best example of their target costumer!)

  2. Laura…I know…lol! I like their mochas (high in fat and calories) though I rarely have one. These days I only go to SB inside a the B&N bookstore. I could open a small store with all the snacks I keep in my car at all times so I’m definitely not their target customer either.

  3. I have noticed the new gluten free selection and was elated, although I’ve found that each Starbuck’s selection varies wildly, some not offering the products at all. Let’s hope that selection at Starbucks and other establishment s continues to improve! There’s nothing worse than being hungry without any options!

  4. I do not like coffee either, but I must admit I am addicted to their chai lattes. I do love the mango macadamia KIND bar and the Lucy cookies are yummy too, so far i have tried the cinnamon thins and the chocolate chip.

  5. Lucy’s cookies are only in 600 locations but I thought that the KIND bars were in all locations. I am not driving to the SB near me to find out what they have but will check the offerings (if any) out at the Barnes & Nobles which is the only time I’d be in a SB. Those Cinnamon Thins from Lucy’s are quite delicious with hot tea, no doubt!

  6. It would be nice to have a sweet GF snack to go with your coffee or tea – and something that tasted fresh vs. packaged. I hope they bring back a pastry when the economy improves.

  7. I wouldn’t walk across the street to eat a Kind bar, even if they were free. But, for the most part, I do not like Starbuck’s coffee anyway. Since this is a GF site & not about coffee, I won’t elaborate. But, when you travel and have to hangout around hotels, sometimes there is not a lot of choice.

    Never got to try it, but the Orange Valencia cake sounds yummy.

  8. We tried the Lucy’s sugar cookies the other day and we were not too impressed. I’ll take it over none at all, but I’m hoping Starbucks goes for a round three GF treat!

  9. I was surprised by the GF goodies the last time I stopped in at Starbucks. I LOVED the Lucy’s cookies. I went home and ordered two boxes for myself and my daughter. I am thrilled by the choices that Starbucks offers now.

  10. At least SB is offering SOMETHING that is gluten free!! It is a start, and hopefully they continue to expand their line. We always have loved SB and even tho we don’t have one in our home town, we always stop when we travel. Their non-fat caramel latte is AWESOME, and not so heavy in calories, if you don’t have one every day.

  11. Um, WTF with all the people hating on Starbucks who openly admit they don’t even like coffee? I go to Starbucks 3-4 times a week for coffee and I love that they have some gluten free options. With exception to their breakfast sandwiches, besides coffee of course a small snack (if you are hungry) is all they are usually good for anyway – and at least they are trying to have some healthy options. What Starbucks was founded on was a great cup of coffee – that they deliver… if your visit to starbucks is unhealthy, then look in the mirror, because you are the one ordering. Personally, I am thankful for the options.

  12. I’m so happy to see that starbucks has jumped on board and started offering some Gluten Free products! It’s a really big deal for people that can’t eat gluten.. because it makes me want to go to Starbucks instead of shy away. Kudos.
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  13. Starbucks should partner with Enjoy Life. They make great allergen free foods that satisfy a sweet tooth!

  14. Yeah, those Kind bars aren’t exactly the best.

    Lucy’s cookies are OK (the cinnamon thins they sell in other places are AMAZING!), but they have soy in them.

    I would LOVE if they brought back that orange cake!

  15. It’s very dissapointing to me that Starbucks doesnt properly label their products. It would be so much easier if they just made the effort to label their snacks as containing wheat ingredients or not. I hope they make the switch soon! They are losing a ton of business by failing to make this one tiny improvement.

  16. jee whiz i really wish starbucks would make this improvement for poor celiacs like myself. what is their deal? is it that hard to make a little improvement!?

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