The Wayback Machine and Starbucks morning bun history

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I am saddened to report that in late 2020, Starbucks removed my bakery staple, the Cinnamon Morning Bun (or Morning Bun), from the menu. It is no longer available (discontinued) in the US market at Starbucks stores.

In late 2018/early 2019, I had a scare which ended up being a false alarm. At that time, the Morning Bun was only missing from the menu for a short time. I discovered that its brief disappearance was due to a change in the recipe.

One of my drivers for this post is highlighting a use case for the “Wayback Machine” and the value/power of the information it contains. In this case, I am referring to the ability to compare historical nutrition facts, ingredients and other information from a restaurant’s online menu.

In 2019, I used the trusty “Wayback Machine” ( to prove my hypothesis that the recipe changed. My morning bun at that time was not just a flattened, slightly different tasting “one-off”. The “Wayback Machine” allowed me to review the appearance, ingredients, and nutrition facts of the 2016-2018 morning bun vs. the 2019-2020 one; sure enough, there were differences between the two (and the pre-2016 version as well). I have summarized below if this sort of thing interests you.

Fact Pre-2016 2016-2018 2019-2020
Serving 110g 110g 94g
Calories 350 390 420
Total Fat 15g 15g 22g
Saturated Fat 10g 9g 13g
Trans Fat 0.5g 0.5g 1g
Cholesterol 40mg 45mg 160mg
Sodium 380mg 440mg 440mg
Total Carbohydrate 54g 56g 46g
Dietary Fiber 2g 2g 1g
Sugars 21g 22g 14g
Protein 7g 8g 9g
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And what blog post is complete without images; here are historical pictures of the Starbucks Morning Bun.

Pre 2016

The pre-2016 Starbucks Cinnamon Morning Bun

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The 2016-2018 Starbucks Cinnamon Morning Bun

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The last 2019-2020 Starbucks Morning Bun

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