Black and White cookies from Starbucks


It always saddens me that whenever we are in starbucks, my daughter can never have a treat like most kids. Today, I saw the packaged black and white cookies by the register and thought I would take a look at the label. Starbucks, although a big company, is never good at labeling. Out of my surprise, this one has an allergn label, and it is safe! ( we deal with peanut only) My daughter and I shared a package and it's such small thing that most families take it for granted, but we certainly had a great time hanging out there and enjoying our treats.

On May 12, 2008

so its labeled for tree nuts? if not i would rush rite there and let my son eat it.

On May 12, 2008

oh dear, sorry i did not pay attention to the tree nuts, i really should start doing that (in a way, I want all kids here on this board like my own, I would like EVERYONE to be safe!) As I remember, it listed for wheat and soy..... do go check, they are super yummy!

On Jun 15, 2008

Thank you so much for posting about this! My husband wanted to stop at Starbucks today and my DS was upset he wouldn't be able to have anything. I remembered reading this and thought I'd check them out. They were labeled well and my DS really enjoyed them! We were all so excited to have found a new treat! Thanks again!!!!

On Jun 16, 2008

You are welcome, I can relate to the excitement! Enjoy!

On Jun 18, 2008

WENT to starbucks at my target today and they didnt have the cookie. they only had cakes in a little window.

On Jun 18, 2008

Starbucks within a stores (target, mejir...etc) are not "real" Starbucks. You need to go to an independent Starbucks. Before I learn about this, I often wonder why the coffee does not taste as good there, so I asked a manger and found out about it.

On Jun 19, 2008

Funny, I love the Starbucks within my grocery store. It tastes completely the same as the free standing stores.

Anyhow, is it my understanding that the cookie has appropriate cross contamination labeling on it? It doesn't merely have a 'contains' statement?

On Jun 19, 2008

It has been quite a while since I asked, but the last time I did I was told at my local Starbucks that their baked goods were made in a bakery and their could be cross contamination at the bakery. They may have certainly changed since I last asked, but before I give my kids a cookie from Starbucks, I would check with the place that makes them.

On Jun 20, 2008

I know so many people that only go by contains statements. i am not one of them. sometimes i think i am being too strict with my son but just because it doesnt say it was made in a facility with nuts doesnt mean that it wasnt. then you have to choose if its safe or not depending on if it was made in a different room, etc. i wish labeling was more specific but it isnt. i may let my son try it because he ate bakery cakes before and never had a problem, he even ate nutter butter cookies when he was little and was fine?? he threw up when he ate actual peanuts. i know he is allergic to peanut butter too im just saying that it was weird that he was able to eat that pb cookie. one boy in his class sent a note in that he is allergic to peanuts but not peanut butter???

On Aug 4, 2008

got some of these and gave my daughter a bite and my son had maybe 1/3 the cookie. so far so good.

On Aug 5, 2008


I don't know anything about Starbucks cookies specifically. However I have had issues with bakeries in general. My son had a reaction to a bakery french bread that had no nuts at all on the label. It was cross contaminated in the bakery. We now avoid all bakery items except big name sandwich bread. I have also read several other posts here and else where about the high levels of cross contamination in bakeries. YMMV

On Aug 5, 2008

Every time I see this thread I think I should call Starbucks and ask. So today I did. :)

The cookies are not labled for Peanuts or Tree Nuts.

When I explained that in the past my daughter has had a cross contamination reaction from a cookie from a diff bakery, and I would need to know if they also make cookies that contain Peanuts or Tree Nuts, the CS rep said that usually they use the same bakerey in each region so if that is the case here, then they do make cookies with Peanuts or Tree Nuts. She is going to contact the research team to investigate the practices at the bakery that makes the Black and White cookie in my area and they will contact me.

I will post again when I have more information.

On Aug 6, 2008

i do avoid bakery items. my son doesnt eat bread, rolls, cookies, birthday cake from store bakeries or any bakery. his numbers have gone way down and i know so many people that let their kids eat the cookie at school that is supposedly nut free but when i called the company which is easy to do and the schools dont do it, they said they do make a peanut butter cookie on the same line.

On Aug 7, 2008

I did get a call back from Starbucks.

The black and White Cookies that are sold in my local Starbucks are made on the same equipment that also processes nuts (she did not specifically know if it was peanuts or tree nuts when I asked) Although they steralize the equipment when they switch cookies.

My kids will continue to not eat the cookies. This summer I have started keeping safe treats in my car for situations just like this...when I want a Cafe Latte, I pull up and order...then while waiting for the coffee I grab the safe treats for the kids. :) So far it has worked out well for us.

On Aug 8, 2008

i feel good that they sanitize. i think its good you dont give to your kids. i didnt give to my son for sooo long. now ive loosened my comfort zone but not too much cuz allergist said to keep doing what ive been doing cuz he is outgrowing it. i gave him another small piece of black and white cookie today. he ate next to a kid at camp yesterday who had p and b sandwich and he said MOMMY I WAS FINE. it was so cute. allergist said he can sit at regular table.

On Aug 8, 2008

Originally Posted By: Anonymous

i feel good that they sanitize. i think its good you dont give to your kids. i didnt give to my son for sooo long. now ive loosened my comfort zone but not too much cuz [b]allergist said to keep doing what ive been doing cuz he is outgrowing it[/b]. i gave him another small piece of black and white cookie today. he ate next to a kid at camp yesterday who had p and b sandwich and he said MOMMY I WAS FINE. it was so cute. allergist said he can sit at regular table.

Just curious what makes your allergist so sure your child is outgrowing his allergy?

On Aug 8, 2008

The one thing about forums is that you just can not always tell someones tone from what they say. I worry that I will come of wrong and think I may have on this thread.

Everyone needs their own comfort zones. I certainly am not critizing anyone who lets their children eat the cookies there, it just is not in my comfort zone and I wanted to get as much info about them as I could.

It is funny my comfort zone is even different with my 2 kids. My son eats with his classmates at a non peanut free table, but I searched high and low for a peanut and tree nut free pre school for my daughter. Even to the point that the school that I choose was the one that provides all of the food and will allow me to see all lables each day when we arrive for class.

On Aug 8, 2008

hi. i dont think you came off bad at all and i applaud you for being very cautious. i too am searching for a daycare for my daughter if i go back to work after being home for 7 years with my son. i cant believe so many schools serve pb to 2 year olds!! anyway, my sons numbers have steadily gone down and he has gone from a 32 to a 2.57. he will get a challenge next year unless he spikes. my allergist hasnt seen this happen much if at all. he was 32 then 12 then 5 and now it split again.

On Aug 17, 2008

Sorry to say this, but I don't think this is within my comfort zone. I found this on the website:

"Due to potential cross contamination during distribution and sale, we cannot guarantee that allergens are not included in a product, even if they are not listed in the ingredient statement."

For a treat at Starbucks, we get hot chocolate with whipped cream. I called and was told it did not contain peanuts or tree nuts.

On Aug 17, 2008

Glad to know everyone is cautious. The goal is to keep all PA kids/adults safe and still enjoy life. LRD, the statement you got is from the Starbucks nutrition FAQ. It refers to bakery treats - that means non packaged cookies, muffins...etc Non of them is safe. (How can it be when a peanut butter cookie is right in the same window....) I was told by the store manager that the packaged cookies are a different story, and since now everyone is getting a different answer, we should really check with Starbucks to clear the statement of whether it's a safe product to use. Interestingly, we were told not to have any drinks from the store, but to buy packaged milk, juice...etc.

On Aug 18, 2008

Since I am the one who started this post, I feel a need to make sure the information is accurate. I called Starbucks again today and told them to look up this link, and there is a heated debate and many different version of the story on the safety of this PACKAGED cookies (for those of you think other bakery goods in starbucks, this is different) They will bring this concern to the management level and hopefully, I will get a reply soon. Thank you for those of you checked into this matter

On Aug 26, 2008

got a call back from Starbuck and yes, the cookies is made in the same line as nuts. The rep. on the line told me : " the FDA does not "recommend" that they put the shared line info on the package...." I had to stop her right there immediately and told her that statement is not correct. They may not "require" starbucks to do that, but not recommend??? something is wrong is this.... Anyway, to make a long story short, this is the final answer and everyone can go according to their own comfort zones. We waited for years for Starbucks to label a contain statement, could not hurt to keep making suggestions and hopefully they will do what most large companies do - label everything includes the shared lines.

On Aug 26, 2008

Thanks so much for checking on this and sharing it with us. It's somewhat disappointing, but I'm encouraged by the fact that labeling and awareness has improved tremendously since my family first started dealing with this issue about seven years ago.