It’s officially red cup season!
I love Starbucks. I am not a complete addict who goes there everyday. Its a once a week (maybe) kind of treat to me. But I do thoroughly enjoy the drinks when I do go.
But as holiday season approaches, there are a bunch of new items on the menu that I am unsure are ‘safe’ for us celiacs.
So, I contacted Starbucks directly asking them if they had a list of holiday items that were gluten free. Here is their response:
“Starbucks is unable to guarantee a “gluten-free” environment in our retail locations due to the potential for cross contamination with gluten-containing products. The open environment and operating procedures of our store locations may present additional risk for gluten-sensitive customers aside from the gluten-containing ingredients themselves. “Gluten-free” is a claim with specific requirements defined by government agencies and industry standards. We are unable to make this claim on a product unless the item is specifically formulated and manufactured to meet the definition of the claim.”
This is exactly the response I was expecting and it is totally understandable.
Now, if you know the specific location you go to is safe and reliable with avoiding cross contamination, I have some more info that might interest you.
Through my research, I have found that these are the holiday drinks that should be ‘safe’ (sans cross contamination mentioned above).
- Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate (My personal favorite!)
- Gingerbread Latte (I have seen this is GF on numerous websites but it still seems a little unsafe to me due to the syrup used. Take your chances on this one if you realllllly want to.)
- Peppermint Mocha
- Eggnog Latte