2017. It’s quite the year for celiacs. Why? One of the largest chains in America started serving a gluten free sandwich. And they’re doing it the right way. This sandwich is certified gluten-free, and I Nima sensor tested it with a positive smiley face outcome. This sandwich is wrapped and heated in its own bag, mitigating any cross contamination from gluten-containing sandwiches. This sandwich is progress people. And to top it off, this gluten free Starbucks sandwich is pretty tasty too.
The new gluten-free Smoked Canadian Bacon & Egg sandwich from Starbucks is a must try. For only $4.75, a celiac can eat a certified gluten-free sandwich at a regular chain, found almost everywhere in America. Let that sink in. While we struggle to buy affordable groceries, or heck – even find groceries – in some parts of America, Starbucks went and introduced a certified gluten-free breakfast sandwich for the masses.
I ordered it off the regular menu and didn’t have to clarify my order. I didn’t have to say “I’m a celiac, please take my order seriously.” I knew it would be safe, because the sandwich is wrapped. It’s not touching anything else when it’s heated up. When everyone first heard last year that Starbucks was launching this, they were terrified that it would be placed with the rest of the sandwiches and heated up on the same oven/toaster. Starbucks did it right.
I tested it with the Nima sensor and it came out as under 20ppm, which is exactly what i expected for a certified gluten-free product of any kind.
Is this sandwich perfect? No. It contains dairy and egg, both top allergens. Both things I am sensitive to. What did I do? I took off the egg and cheese and made myself and breakfast sandwich I could eat. Is that perfect? No way. Is this something I can do in case I’m traveling and I absolutely need something to eat? Of course. If I introduce dairy and egg back into my diet eventually (which is the game plan…fingers crossed) I will be so excited to eat this on the regular. I remember before I was sick, I ate the Starbucks breakfast sandwiches several times a week. While it’s an expensive habit, at least I know that this is a certified option.
Here’s a look into the ingredients. Yes, there are a lot of them. Would this be easy to make at home with your own products? Of course. But that’s not what Starbucks is about. You could also make fru-fru coffee drinks at home too – but that’s not why you’re 10 deep in line every morning for your latte. Starbucks is about convenience and that’s what this sandwich is about too.
I think this is a huge success for gluten-free eaters across the USA. Starbucks did it right, and we hope this gluten free sandwich is here to stay. I recommend that you try this gluten free Starbucks sandwich and see for yourself what Starbucks is doing to appeal to our community. And get a coconut milk latte too while you’re at it! I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for coconut whipped cream eventually.