If you are a Starbucks Rewards member, you’ll get frequent emails alerting you to different ways to maximize star accumulation, ground coffee sales, the latest promotions, and new menu items. Earlier this week, I learned that my local Starbucks is now offering a gluten-free breakfast sandwich, and since I am currently not eating wheat or gluten, I thought to myself…‘oooo…finally, something I can have‘ because it is extremely difficult to find on-the-go prepared food that I can eat outside of a specialty restaurant.
Starbucks Gluten Free Smoked Canadian Bacon & Egg Breakfast Sandwich is comprised of “cherrywood-smoked Canadian bacon, an egg patty, and reduced-fat white cheddar on a gluten free roll.” Below are ten things that I think you should know:
1. The Gluten Free Smoked Canadian Bacon & Egg Breakfast Sandwich is kept sealed in a parchment paper wrapper (packaging), which prevents cross-contamination at Starbucks.
2. The Smoked Canadian Bacon & Egg Breakfast Sandwich carries with it a certified gluten-free seal of approval.
3. The gluten-free breakfast sandwich is warmed inside of its oven-safe packaging, and handed to you to rip open at your leisure.
Below is what the sandwich looked like when I pulled it out:
4. The breakfast sandwich comes with two slices of uncured Canadian bacon, which I liked because that means it contains no nitrates or sulfates.
5. The scrambled egg patty on my sandwich had a slightly, waterlogged texture.
6. Some people have described the egg patty as ‘peppered’ – there were no visible flecks of pepper and I did not taste anything ‘peppery’ with my sandwich. In fact, I thought the egg was not that flavorful.
7. Dust powder on the top of the gluten-free ciabatta bun is an annoying distraction; every time I took a bite of the sandwich, the gritty powder coated my lips and fingertips.
8. Despite the heavy powder, the gluten-free bun has a nice texture to it, kept its firmness, and tasted very good.
9. Interesting ingredients used to make the gluten free ciabatta roll include dried plums and concentrated prune juice.
10. Starbucks gluten-free breakfast sandwich is 280 calories; contains 18 grams of protein; and offers 15% of your recommended daily value (RDV) of calcium; and 6 grams of fiber (which is 24% RDV).
If you are interested in trying out Starbuck’s new gluten free breakfast sandwich (priced at $4.75), I suggest ordering early in the day. The first time I tried to purchase, the sandwich was sold out.
Would I purchase this again? Maybe. It’s not that it doesn’t taste good…it is an edible breakfast sandwich and does offer an option that satisfies those with a gluten-free agenda, but the soggy-tasting egg and dustiness of the bread is a personal turnoff for me. If I ever order it again, I would definitely drizzle some sugar-free pancake syrup or raw honey inside of the sandwich. But, as far as on-the-go gluten-free breakfasts go, it’s one of few options that I’ve come across, so I can only be too picky.
If you tried the sandwich, share your thoughts below.
If not, what do you like to order at Starbucks?