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Happy (nearly) Christmas Everyone...and Don't Go To Starbucks....!


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#1 HannahHannah

 
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 04:49 AM

Hello. No, I know it's nowhere near Christmas!

Though our (sometimes) gluten-free friends at Starbucks seem to think it is and have started selling their Christmas drinks. I wanted to warn you all to not get too excited....

Stupid me didn't bother asking about the Gingerbread Latte as all of the other syrups are fine. I got sick :(.

I called their customer care line to see which of their Christmas drinks have gluten in, and I heard the three words I was dreading:

"They all do." :(.

I'm just going to have to get my Christmas cheer elsewhere...!
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 05:52 AM

Hello. No, I know it's nowhere near Christmas!

Though our (sometimes) gluten-free friends at Starbucks seem to think it is and have started selling their Christmas drinks. I wanted to warn you all to not get too excited....

Stupid me didn't bother asking about the Gingerbread Latte as all of the other syrups are fine. I got sick :(.

I called their customer care line to see which of their Christmas drinks have gluten in, and I heard the three words I was dreading:

"They all do." :(.

I'm just going to have to get my Christmas cheer elsewhere...!

Hi HannahHannah
Thanks for the up date, we all need to know.
Hope you are feeling better soon,
Donna Mae
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#3 CarlaB

 
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 06:09 AM

I hope you feel better soon.

I don't think the person you talked to knows what she was talking about .... I've read the ingredients on the gingerbread syrup .... also, the eggnog, unless they've changed it this year.

Is it a CYA thing in light of the lawsuits some restaurants with gluten-free menus are having?

I would read the ingredients for yourself, take into account the risk of contamination because of all the baked goods in the store, then decide for yourself.

I'd also skip the powdered toppings just to be safe.
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 07:09 AM

Maybe it's different in the UK? I think the syrups are gluten-free in the US (but I'm not positive about that).

edit: i just saw your other thread. looks like you all figured it out :)
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:16 AM

Right from the horses mouth: I'm so sad about the eggnog latte!

"Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company regarding gluten-free products.

None of our beverages, with the exception of our Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino,
are made with ingredients that contain gluten. However, the vanilla sprinkles
provided at the condiment bar for customer use do contain gluten. The remaining
toppings do not contain gluten.

Please also be aware that our Christmas drinks were launched yesterday. I can assure
you that syrups within these beverages are free from gluten, as is the steamed milk
and whipped cream. However, we cannot guarantee that the sugar toppings on these
drinks are gluten-free. Unfortunately, our Eggnog mix is also not gluten-free.

You may also be interested to learn that we offer products that are made with
ingredients that are free from gluten. Currently this includes a sandwich, with
seasonally changing filling, and a Belgian chocolate cake. We also sell two
varieties of Eat Natural fruit and nut bars, both of which are made with ingredients
free from gluten. Please ask the barista in store if you are unable to locate these
items.

We appreciate your interest in our product range and look forward to welcoming you
into your local store.

Yours sincerely

Customer Care Specialist"
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:05 AM

Wow! It sounds like you have a lot more gluten-free options at Starbucks in Europe!!! Here they test marketed a brownie, but that's all we've gotten.

However, unless it's changed this year, they use real eggnog here ..... last time I read the carton it was gluten-free, but I haven't checked this year.

Also, beware of the frapps with chips in the US, the chips are not gluten-free .... but I think the strawberries and cream frapp is (don't know for sure as I don't drink frapps .... but I know they've told us here that we only have to worry about the chips and vanilla topping).

Thanks for the update!
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