For weeks I've been hearing rumors that Starbucks has been disappointed in the sales of its gluten-free Orange Valencia cake
. Today on Twitter, @Starbucks
said the Orange Valencia cake is being discontinued, to be replaced by Kind Fruit + Nut Bars
. The cake, evidently, was too much a "treat" and not enough of a healthy snack. I'm a bit sad to admit that I agree with that assessment. Personally, I wasn't buying the cake very often because at 290 calories (including 16 grams of fat), it didn't matter how good it tasted... I just couldn't afford those calories.
As it happens, I saw (and bought) a gluten-free, dairy-free Kind Fruit + Nut Bar in a local Starbucks about a week ago, and I'm happy to tell you I loved it. The Kind Fruit + Nut Bars are a mix of nuts and fruit, high in fiber, with a low glycemic index. They're less expensive than the cake, and much more easily portable. (I stashed mine in my purse and ate it two days later.)
I'm grateful to Starbucks for its efforts to serve the gluten-free community, and I'm sorry to see the Orange Valencia cake go... but I'm happy they've chosen to replace it with Kind Fruit +Nut Bars.
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