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Petition to Bring Back GF Starbucks Cake

Dear Support Group Leader,

We’d like your help to bring back the Starbucks gluten-free cake! Despite what appears to be strong support from the gluten-free community, Starbucks is discontinuing its Valencia Orange Cake. This is a tremendous blow to the gluten-free community. It’s already so hard to find good, safe gluten-free options. Having a gluten-free treat at Starbucks was an enormous win for the community. It’s sad to see it disappear such a short time later, without any real explanation.

We’ve put together a petition to let Starbucks know how much we miss the gluten-free cake and to let them know we’d love to see it back in our local Starbucks! Please share this petition with your support group members and ask them to sign it. The petition is located here: We have 1,900 signatures so far – our goal is 5,000. We chose the goal of 5,000 because it’s a number we think Starbucks would sit up and pay attention to. When we reach our goal, we will present the petition to Starbucks corporate headquarters.

Please join us in our quest to get more options for gluten-free people around the country. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you for reading this.


Ross Cohen

Triumph Dining

124 E Broad St

Falls Church, VA 22046


Phone: 1-800-558-2906

Pass the Lactose-free Milk Replacement!

Gluten Free Honey Nut Chex

Look at what I found at Meijer today!  –>

I was so excited, I could hardly stand it!  According to Sure Foods Living

I spoke with General Mills customer service today to confirm that Corn Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Strawberry Chex, and Honey Nut Chex have also been re-formulated to be gluten-free. The General Mills representative said that if any of their cereals are gluten-free it will be clearly marked on the front and side of the box and that some cereals may be rolled out in only some parts of the country at first. UPDATE: Gluten-free versions of Chex will officially be available on June 1st. Thanks to The Gluten-Free Homemaker for this detail!

I’m really excited to try the other GF flavors when they hit the stores!  I think when I went GF 2 1/2 years ago, there was just Rice, Corn, and Wheat Chex.  They also had a Frosted Mini Chex, which was really good…but, alas…I degress.

Also, according to Gluten Free Philly

Other General Mills cereals that are GF-friendly include Honey Kix and Chocolate Lucky Charms.

I’ve been eating Trix on occasion, but I didn’t know about these others.  Way to Go, General Mills!  The Gluten-free Community applauds you!

StarbucksAnother big announcement that I just found out about from Starbucks

Starting May 5 we will be launching the Gluten-free Orange Valencia Cake with Almonds….This product was inspired by the passionate responses we heard from you on My Starbucks Idea.  [I voted in this!]

The Orange Valencia Cake is a delicious moist citrus cake bursting with Valencia oranges and topped with crunchy almonds.  Not only is it gluten-free, it is also prepared with 7 simple ingredients: Whole Eggs, Valencia Orange Pulp, Almonds, Sugar, Orange Peel, Gluten Free Baking Powder, and Orange Oil.  Plus it delivers 30% of your daily value of vitamin C.

Keep on the look out for it in the pastry case with a sign that says “gluten-free.”  A single cake will be displayed unwrapped so you can see it clearly, but don’t worry.   They all come individually packaged to prevent cross contamination.

Way to Go Starbucks for listening to your customers and being sensitive to the needs of your gluten-free fans!

Meetings Resume!

Well, after a nice break for the summer, we will start meeing regularly on the 3rd Monday of each month, starting tonight, September 15.  We meet at 7:00 pm in the Willis Recreation Center (upstairs) of the First Baptist Church of Middleville.  If Thornapple Kellogg Schools are closed due to bad weather on the day of our meeting, our group will also be canceled for that month.

Tonight, our guest will be Robin Green from Midge’s Muffins (  If you’ve never tasted Robin’s treats, you’re in for a sweet surprise!  They are AMAZING!  She will be bringing samples, as well as product that will be available for purchase.

We will also be talking about take-along foods…foods that are easy to take along for lunches or to school.  So, bring your ideas to share and packaging, if you have any, so we can look at other potential allergens.

Cedar Point Incorporating Gluten Free

Cedar Point is working on incorporating gluten free items in the park for the 2008 season.
They have already written a section in the employee handbook about gluten and cross-
contamination. They are planning GF hamburgers & hotdogs (both with buns!), corn dogs
and chicken strips with dedicated fryers for these and the french fries.

Gary Jones is the man who is heading this up and he was very passionate about CD on the
phone. He doesn’t have any friends or family members with the disease, but has come to
realize the need for gluten free items after attending local support groups and reading
information online. He was very knowledgeable and almost had me in tears of joy to hear
his enthusiasm! He asked me to pass this news on to all my support groups.

If anyone is planning a trip to Cedar Point you can email him at to
get the most up-to-date gluten free info.

 *Thanks Nicole!