A few weeks ago, I read a blog post on Starbucks' site about test marketing a gluten-free pastry. They were looking for ideas on the kind of pastry, how they should package/display it, and what things they should watch out for, especially in terms of cross-contamination. I was thrilled -- I miss the days of having a pastry with my tea, despite all the extra calories! The word was they were going to test-market the product this summer, but not necessarily in all stores. I decided not to get my hopes up -- gluten-free pastries to-go from a mainstream coffee shop seemed just too good to be true!
On my walk into work in the mornings, I occasionally like to stop in at the Starbucks in The Gallery on Calvert & Pratt (downtown Baltimore for those of you outside the city!). I love their tall, soy, iced chais, especially as the weather warms up! My coworkers were all having donuts at a floor meeting this morning, so I decided to treat myself instead of feeling left out. When I walked up to the counter, my eye caught the little sign advertising Gluten-Free Valencia Orange cakes -- individually wrapped to avoid cross-contamination from the other pastries! I started to get excited, and was thrilled when I found out that not ONLY are they gluten-free, but they're also dairy-free (and soy and tapioca-free for those of you with other allergies)! And these cakes are delicious - moist, perfectly sweet, and oh-so-gluten-free-yummy. It was worth the $1.95 I paid, and I'll definitely be buying them again in the future!
For more info on these delectable new goodies, check out Starbucks' Newsroom page dedicated to them. There's also a celiac.com discussion thread going about them here.