Thursday, March 15, 2012

I Need a Drink, But Where to Get It?

Today's post was going to be one of my Three Things Thursdays, and it was going to be loaded with gluten-free puppies and rainbows and ice cream cones. Because as of two hours ago, I was in a great mood. I felt so fabulous, I even went for a run this morning. And no one was even chasing me! It's ridiculously unseasonably warm in Chicago, and after my run, I thought it was the perfect time to grab a delicious, iced coffee beverage on the way to work. I checked my discussion forums, to find out if what I wanted was off limits, and headed to Starbucks. I was psyched, because I can have dairy again, so I ordered a caramel macchiato. I figured since the boards said it was safe, and it wasn't being blended, I was fine. Not so. I had a suspicious nagging in my head, so when I got to work, I did some more searching. Since it seemed okay, I started sipping, but about two gulps in, I found something that made me stop. A recently dated post on a board that the caramel topping was not GF. So I did what I should have done in the first place and called Starbucks customer service. The rep I got told me that I was lucky to get her, since she is gluten-free, too. She then proceeded to tell me that nothing Starbucks has is gluten-free, because of the potential for cross-contamination. I pointed out that I just wanted to know about the ingredients, not the cross-contamination. She gave me some long schpiel, beating around the bush until I interrupted her. I just wanted to know if ANYTHING used to make my drink had gluten in it. "Oh yeah," she says. "The caramel topping has gluten in it."
She told me that even the drip coffees from the beans can possibly have gluten in it. I already know Dunkin' Donuts is off limits, and now Starbucks doesn't seem viable either. Where, then, am I supposed to get my iced coffee goodness? Or do I have to give that up, too?

Just angry now. Mad at myself, for being so careful about everything and then essentially throwing away all the hard work on something stupid. Mad at Starbucks for being douchey and delicious and full of gluten. Mad at Celiac for making me have to give up yet another thing I like.

Bite me, Celiac. Bite me.


  1. tazo tea concentrate is gf. :) great iced with soy milk. or almond. yum!

  2. I can't believe a company as large as Starbucks can't get it together. You'll have to make Luke buy you one of those K-cup things for work.