10 Foods From Starbucks You May Never Eat Again

There are few cities in America where you cannot go more than a few blocks without passing a Starbucks. The coffee chain has cemented itself as a part of our morning routine as well as our culture, with every holiday season including some form of discussion over the iconic Red Cups. Needless to say, Starbucks has developed an almost cult-like following over the years, with countless devoted fans following the company's every move.

Starbucks is perhaps best known for its lattes and Frappuccinos, but customers can also grab a quick breakfast sandwich or pastry along with their morning coffee. Like any other fast-casual dining chain, Starbucks has made various changes to its menu over the years, which has included removing certain food items entirely. While Starbucks has also been known to discontinue certain drinks over the years, its food items are not immune to being pulled of the menu either. Whether it was featured on the menu for several years or only for a few days, it is safe to say that you should never assume your favorite Starbucks snack will always be available for purchase. Enjoy that sandwich while it lasts, because it could very well wind up on this list of food items that you may never eat again at Starbucks.

1. Chicken, Maple Butter, and Egg Sandwich

Some menu items that are discontinued happen years after it is initially launched, with countless customers mourning the loss of a breakfast staple. But in this case, a certain sandwich did not even last on the menu for a full week. In what may be a record for the coffee chain for fastest item to be pulled off the menu, Starbucks' Chicken Maple Butter and Egg Sandwich left the stores as quickly as it was added in the summer of 2022. It first rolled out in locations across the U.S. on June 21st, but the sandwich was officially gone on June 26th.

According to Food Business News, the sandwich was pulled off of the menu due to a concern in quality standards, but no specific information was provided. Starbucks did, however, mention that any claims that the sandwich was causing customers to fall ill were false, per NBC News. There is no word yet on if Starbucks is working on improving the sandwich so it can rejoin the menu, but for now, there are only a select few Starbucks customers who can say that they tried the Chicken Maple Butter and Egg Sandwich.

2. Steak, Egg, and Tomatillo Wrap

Starbucks has made many attempts over the years at being a destination where you can find a full breakfast meal, with varying degrees of success. There are some sandwiches that have stood the test of time, like the fan-favorite Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, and Egg Sandwich. Other beloved savory breakfast items, however, did not achieve the same longevity, like the Steak, Egg, and Tomatillo Wrap.

The wrap first appeared on the menu in 2017, offering a high-protein option for customers (via Popsugar). But when one curious Redditor asked if the wrap had been discontinued a short time later, many Starbucks employees responded and said that they would not be surprised, particularly due to them citing low sales of the item. If customers are still craving a breakfast wrap, a similar item is available as of early 2023: the Bacon, Sausage, and Egg Wrap. It is certainly not the same thing, but it might hit the spot if you are looking for something filling to go with your cup of coffee.

3. Southwest Veggie Wrap

For some, a breakfast sandwich is not complete without adding a pile of crispy bacon, or a hot and juicy breakfast sausage. But for many others, meatless sandwich options have risen in popularity over the years as fast food chains work to accommodate those who choose to adopt plant-based diets into their daily lives. For those looking for a vegetarian-friendly breakfast at Starbucks, the Southwest Veggie Wrap fulfilled that need and then some. The wrap became a fan favorite, with some on Reddit wondering why it was not being sold and if it was being discotniuned.

One Starbucks employee shared on Reddit how they noticed the option to ring up the Southwest Veggie Wrap vanished from their registers, which could signal the ultimate demise for the meatless sandwich option. In the meantime, you could try this copycat recipe to recreate the Veeggie Wrap at home. You can even customize it to your specific taste, swapping vegetables in or out as well as substituting your preferred condiments.

4. Chocolate Chip Muffin

Starbucks offers several breakfast sandwich options for customers looking for a heartier way to start their day, but others may be looking for a quick snack or a sweet treat. After all, dessert as breakfast is a totally legitimate lifestyle choice and we are here to support it. For customers who love all things chocolate, Starbucks once sold Chocolate Chip Muffins to enjoy alongside your latte featuring four different kinds of chocolate chips mixed into the batter. Although muffins are among the more sugary snack items you will find at Starbucks, there is no denying that fans grew concerned when the chocolate chip variety disappeared from shelves.

One fan memorialized the muffin on Reddit, and one of the comments pointed out how Starbucks seems to have a knack for discontinuing "anything good." Starbucks does sell different muffins these days, including the seasonal Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin in the fall, and if you need your chocolate fix, there is always the Double Chocolate Brownie. But if you are missing the Chocolate Chip flavor, you can try to recreate a version of them at home with a Roasted Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe.

5. Everything Bantam Bagels

If you are fan of the hit television series Shark Tank, then you may recognize this next food item. Or, perhaps you walked into your local Starbucks one morning in 2015 and spotted the Everything Bantam Bagels and wondered where you had seen them before. The bite-size bagel snacks first appeared on the reality television show after the bagel shop that came up with the concept opened in New York City in 2013. On the show, the Bantam Bagels owners accepted an offer from investor Lori Grenier.

After their appearance on Shark Tank, Everything Bantam Bagels appeared in thousands of Starbucks locations (via a video update from Shark Tank), but were eventually discontinued (via The Healthy Journal). However, vanishing off the menu at Starbucks was not necessarily the end of the road for the cream cheese-stuffed bagel bites. Many fans have been able to shop the product online and in their local supermarket, so keep your eyes peeled the next time you do a grocery run. That time may be limited, however, as Bantam Bagels' website has gone silent as have the company's social media accounts. Similar bagel bite products have since appeared at competing coffee chains, like Dunkin' Donuts with its Stuffed Bagel Minis.

6. Holiday Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich

Every year, Starbucks fans look forward to the holiday season and the arrival of both the holiday menu items as well as the iconic Red Cups. Few fast food chain celebrates the holidays as loudly as Starbucks, with social media counting down the days until the annual launch. In the past, Starbucks' holiday menu included a Holiday Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich, so you could enjoy a fully handheld Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

Back in 2015, the sandwiches were recalled due to a link to an outbreak of e-coli that was traced back to Costco (via Los Angeles Times), and eventually the sandwiches were discontinued altogether. The sandwich has been one of the top items demanded back by fans (via Cheapism), and many are still voicing their sadness over the item's disappearance. One Redditor noted that their family craves the sandwich every holiday season, with another noting that the sandwich was the one holiday menu item they looked forward to the most, even besting Starbucks' famous holiday beverages. As of 2020 the sandwich was still making an appearance at Starbucks locations in Canada, as one Redditor shared. So, maybe if enough fans demand change, it will reappear in the United States one day again, too. We can all dream, right?

7. Wheat Spinach Foldover

While any breakfast chain can whip together some version of a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, Starbucks would on occasion choose to go the extra mile, offering unique breakfast items that you would not normally find in other fast-casual coffee shops. This was the case with its Wheat Spinach Foldover, which fit the bill if you were craving a savory vegetarian-friendly breakfast item. According to Starbucks, this pastry featured "layers of wheat croissant," and inside you would find a "medley of spinach, shallots, white wine," and "béchamel sauce." Um, that sounds simply divine. And it was.

So, what happened with the foldover? The item was discontinued several years back, according to a conversation that happened on Reddit. Years after the Wheat Spinach Foldover vanished off the menu, fans are still missing it, as a couple of Redditors shared. We would say "never say never" when it comes to discontinued food items suddenly making a reappearance, but the Wheat Spinach Foldover appears to be long gone, only to be remembered as a piece of Starbucks lore.

8. Almond Croissant

The croissants at Starbucks seem to have stood the test of time, with classic menu items like the Chocolate Croissant and the classic Butter Croissant still available after so many years (unlike the unfortunate sandwiches and pastries we have discussed so far). But just because it's a croissant, it does not necessarily mean it is bound for immortality, as was the case with Starbucks' Almond Croissant.

This croissant provided a unique flavor as well as a nice texture that combined the pillowy softness of a croissant along with the crunch of shaved almonds on top. It was simply delicious. In 2022, fans immediately took to Reddit when they noticed that the Almond Croissant had disappeared from Starbucks' menus, with one Starbucks supervisor on Reddit confirming that the pastry had been discontinued. Another employee added on Reddit that the decision to pull the Almond Croissant seemed to be similar to when Starbucks made moves to purchase the company that made the pastries, La Boulangerie (via Business Insider). So while there are still some versions of croissants on Starbucks' menu to this day, the almond flavor is sadly a thing of the past.

9. Ham and Swiss Panini

Ham and swiss cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly, making the two ingredients a classic go-to for many sandwich aficionados. Whether you prefer it for breakfast or lunch, Starbucks once capitalized on the Ham and Swiss trend with its very own panini sandwich. But all good things must come to an end — at least in the case of Starbucks' menu — and the Ham and Swiss Panini would eventually go the way of the other food items mentioned on this list.

Fans began to notice that the sandwich had gone missing from the menu, leading many to speculate what was happening on Reddit. Though it initially seemed like the sandwich was temporarily unavailable due to supply chain issues, it was later suspected that it was gone permanently. The panini was ultimately discontinued, sparking rage from fans and even inspiring some to create a petition to bring it back to the menu (via Salvaggios Deli).

These days, you can find a similar item on the Starbucks menu in the form of the Ham and Swiss Croissant. Though you may not consider it to be as hearty as the panini sandwich, at least you will be able to find that beloved flavor combo the next time you make a coffee run.

10. BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich

Perhaps in an effort to attract customers to dine at Starbucks during the lunch hours, the coffee chain began selling a BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich on sourdough bread. Yes, you read that correctly. The coffee shop decided it wanted to give a try at offering something you would be more likely to find at a traditional barbecue restaurant, but as of early 2023 you will find no such sandwich on Starbucks' menu anymore.

Brand Eating gave the sandwich a mixed review, citing a tasty flavor in the sauce but an odd texture from the choice of sourdough bread. Texas Monthly noted that Starbucks was probably better off just selling a grilled cheese sandwich (which they still do), and that the BBQ Beef Brisket was "trying too hard." Clearly not everyone was blown away by this sandwich.

While some may have never missed the sandwich once it was pulled from menus, other fans would run back to their nearest Starbucks location if the BBQ Beef Brisket were to return. One Redditor mentioned how their lunch has not been the same since the item was discontinued, and another Redditor named the sandwich as the one menu item they took for granted, adding that the sandwich was actually a pretty decent value.