DUFFINGATE: London Bakery Claims Starbucks Ripped-Off ‘Duffin’ Recipe


If you thought Starbucks UK’s “duffin” pastry was just another trendy, corporate sham, you may have hit it right on the money. London bakery Bea’s of Bloomsbury has accused Starbucks of ripping off their original Duffin recipe, leading to a social media storm on Twitter.

According to the local bakery, which has four locations in London, Bea’s published the recipe in their 2011 cookbook and has been selling the jelly-filled treats long before Starbucks claimed to invent them. Yesterday, the bakery took to Facebook to explain their frustrations:

I understand that Starbucks UK wants to cash in on this hybrid dessert craze–I get that. But to make a product that uniquely contains buttermilk, nutmeg, and raspberry jam, and to have the name duffin, not doughnut muffin, and to have claimed that their team of ‘bakers’ came up with it magically on their own, seems a bit odd to me, particularly when the British baking lexicon isn’t heavy on nutmeg or buttermilk.

The scandal has since inspired supporters to rally under the #Duffingate hashtag on Twitter.

Apparently, Starbucks supplier Rich Products trademarked the term “duffin,” which could prevent Bea’s from selling their pastries under the sane name. However, Bea’s stated that Starbucks will soon release a statement allowing Bea’s to sell goods under the “duffin” name. Of course, the “magnanimous” gesture did not go unnoticed.

Upon reaching out to Starbucks for a comment, a representative stated in an email to Foodbeast.

Since launching the Starbucks Duffin we have discovered there are other Duffins out there. Rich Products, who created our Duffin have trademarked the name in the UK, however neither Starbucks nor Rich Products has at any time suggested that we will attempt to stop Bea’s of Bloomsbury, selling their own Duffins.

PicThx Starbucks


Starbuck’s Hybrid ‘Duffin’ (Donut-Muffin), Really Just a Jelly-Filled Muffin


Technically, it’s a hybrid. It does combine, in no uncertain ratios, features of one breakfast pastry with another. Really though, it’s a sham. An entirely opportunistic, corporate sham.

Starbucks UK is churning out a new cronut knock-off and calling it a “Duffin,” which is nothing more than a regular muffin “lightly spiced with nutmeg,” coated with sugar, and filled with raspberry jam. Is it donut-shaped? No. Deep fried? Not a chance. Seriously, it’s just a jelly-filled muffin. If you thought the whole hybrid/portmanteau thing was bad already, here is definitive proof the whole mess has officially jumped the shark.


OC Weekly reported the following quote from a manager at Starbucks UK:

“This fusion trend elevates traditional American products, so when we combined our American heritage with our hero muffin range and ever popular doughnuts, the Duffin seemed the perfect creation.”

How about we just leave all the unnecessary mash-ups to the professionals, k, UK?

H/T OC Weekly + PicThx Starbucks UK