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Dunkin' Donuts Testing Gluten-Free, Celiac-Safe Donuts

Celiac.com 02/01/2013 - In my opinion, donuts are right up there with beer and pizza among the beloved foods I missed most after going gluten-free. That said, there has been strong progress on developing delicious gluten-free beers, and gluten-free pizza is one of the hottest, fastest growing trends among pizza retailers. So, there is some relief on those two fronts. However, the delightful donut is one food I expected never to enjoy again, after going gluten-free.

Photo: CC--Robert BanhSo, imagine my surprise and delight to learn that Dunkin' Donuts is testing gluten-free donuts at limited locations in southern Florida and the Boston area.

There is currently no official word from Dunkin' Donuts on when they plan to expand their gluten-free offerings. An official statement from the company read, in part: "…we have received very positive feedback on the new products so far. We do not yet have a timeframe for potential national distribution.”

Meanwhile, a south Florida franchisee has said that while the test is currently limited to a few stores, the company plans to expand it in February.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness says that Dunkin' Donuts' gluten-free products will be individually wrapped and calls them "dangerously delicious."

Dunkin' Donuts' efforts to break into the fast growing gluten-free market puts them in league with a number of other fast food chains seeking to add gluten free items to their menus, including Wendy's, Arby's, Domino's and Chick-Fil-A.

Will Dunkin' Donuts be successful in their efforts to roll out a gluten-free donut worthy of the Dunkin' Donuts name? Are you one of the many gluten-free eaters who would welcome a nice little donut fix? Share your comments below and stay tuned for the latest gluten-free developments

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Tracy
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01 Feb 2013 4:58:04 PM PST
I love Dunkin' Donuts coffee, but going there is very hard for me. I just found out that I have celiac and trying to stay healthy. But having more choices would be great. When I'm out I always have to make sure I have safe snacks for myself. I cant just go in to a store or coffee shop for a quick snack anymore.

 
Charles
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04 Feb 2013 1:39:22 PM PST
I too am a celiac and love drinking Dunkin coffee. It would make me feel normal if I too could dunk my GF donut in my coffee as well. I hope this will happen for real in the not too distant future.

 
Joe
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02 Feb 2013 5:19:35 AM PST
Hope the GF donuts come to southeastern PA soon!!

 
Susan Lederer
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04 Feb 2013 6:22:18 AM PST
Thanks for the tip re: Dunkin Donuts. I'm in the Boston area and plan to seek out one of their "test" donuts along with a cup of my favorite coffee!

 
Rick
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04 Feb 2013 8:04:35 AM PST
Great article, but as we know there is NO shortage of muffins, cookies and other sweets in the celiac/gluten-free world. The massive void is in quick and accessible meals that are safe for those with celiac to eat while on the run away from home. Most of us have careers and lives that leave us very hungry throughout the day when time is limited, or when we are traveling to locations and cities in the spur of the moment. It would be nice to know that while traveling we could simply walk into a restaurant or fast food location and eat without the fear of getting sick. Eating muffins and donuts is not at all a healthy option.

Hopefully all of us will one day be able to eat anywhere like we once did prior to the diagnosis.

Thanks for the great work!

 
Laura Hatfield
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04 Feb 2013 8:16:15 AM PST
Since I am so sensitive to cross contamination I was happy to see that they are individually wrapped!

 
Mark

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23 May 2013 7:09:20 AM PST
They are individually wrapped, expensive donut though at $1.89 each!

 
Stew
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04 Feb 2013 8:32:43 AM PST
Where in South Florida? How about northern New Jersey?

 
rose Langenstrass
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04 Feb 2013 8:42:29 AM PST
Dunkin Donuts!! Brings back memories. I miss stopping there on Friday evening. Good News!!!

 
Debbie
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04 Feb 2013 8:46:35 AM PST
I am one of the lucky ones who lives close enough to make the drive in to get the GF offerings. The cinnamon donut and blueberry muffin could be improved a little, but are delicious! I hope DD takes it to the general public.

 
Dennis
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04 Feb 2013 9:16:04 AM PST
GF donuts would be a wonderful addition to this household.

 
Cheryl Rehak
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04 Feb 2013 9:59:50 AM PST
That would be wonderful...but if they're cooking them in the same place that they cook regular donuts then they are NOT gluten free. Great for the people that don't have celiac.

 
admin
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04 Feb 2013 12:07:48 PM PST
I doubt they would cook them in the same area.

 
MER
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10 Apr 2013 10:21:10 AM PST
According to DD, they're prepared at an outside facility, as are most Dunkin' products.

 
Char
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04 Feb 2013 12:09:02 PM PST
This would be nice to have once in a while, but it is still unhealthy food for the most part, especially if they deep fry them.

 
lisa black
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04 Feb 2013 12:45:13 PM PST
What a miracle and joy for people that suffer from gluten intolerance and celiac disease to enjoy the taste of a Dunkin' Donuts! My nine year old son who was diagnosed with celiac disease at six years of age would be thrilled. Come on Dunkin' Donuts, roll out your amazing donuts at all your locations. You might want to think about revising the name though from dangerously delicious to a name more celiac friendly.

 
Glyndell Houston
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04 Feb 2013 1:21:56 PM PST
Bring 'em on! Thank you Dunkin Donuts!

 
TXEdie
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04 Feb 2013 1:58:04 PM PST
When a major company offers gluten-free, it is much more likely to be aware of cross-contamination than Mom 'n Pop businesses. I think it would be a real boon for celiacs to be able to stop for coffee and a donut ... just like regular people.

 
hnybny
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04 Feb 2013 2:08:15 PM PST
Where in the Boston area?????

 
Penny
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04 Feb 2013 3:42:20 PM PST
I love Dunkin Donuts but live in a very rural area of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Would love to be able to order them thru the mail though.

 
Bruce
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04 Feb 2013 8:27:37 PM PST
Have you tried the gluten-free pasties from Irontown Pasty shop? They're very good! I get them every trip back home and haven't had an issue. My only problem is keeping them frozen all the way back to Texas!

 
Barb
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04 Feb 2013 5:12:42 PM PST
Sadly, this is not going to help me. I consider all grains gluten. New research is showing that many react to all grains and I am one of them. I sadly miss pizza and the rest, cheese and even tomatoes. Yeah I can't eat them as well. I want to cry at times about this.

 
Juanita
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04 Feb 2013 6:09:54 PM PST
Bring to New Orleans, please!

 
Lori
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04 Feb 2013 6:11:35 PM PST
Can't wait till they come to Long Island! Hopefully other large franchises will learn to implement safe ways for celiacs to eat on the go!

 
Cecelia
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04 Feb 2013 11:40:13 PM PST
The more gluten-free food items available, the better, healthy or not. I don't know anyone who doesn't want to indulge in a guilty pleasure at least once in a while. My concern is if the donuts are soy-free as well. (Soy lecithin is okay.) Let's hope so.

 
sam
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05 Feb 2013 1:47:51 AM PST
Gluten-free donuts would be very welcome in the north east side of Detroit, Mount Clement, Michigan. It has been a long time since our household has enjoyed any kind of pastry unless we make it at home. Store-bought can be very expensive at times.

 
jane
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05 Feb 2013 3:51:43 AM PST
I would love to have gluten-free donuts in a major retailer like this. I just want to point out to everybody a flaw in the article though. Most places right now advertising "Gluten Free Pizza" only have gluten-free crust-- the sauce, cheese, and toppings all have gluten in or on them. Be sure to ask and double check before ordering!

 
Gryphon
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05 Feb 2013 4:23:00 PM PST
Yes, it is good to check these things, but I don't think it is common practice to add gluten-containing ingredients to tomato sauce or cheese (both of which are naturally gluten-free).

 
AmandaonMaui
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08 Feb 2013 12:50:55 PM PST
It's not that they're added to the sauces and toppings, but that they're shared with the gluten containing pizza and are thereby cross contaminated. If they kept separate sauces and toppings that would help, but there is still risk for cross contamination just in cooking in the same oven or in a flour filled atmosphere... don't ask me how I know... it's not a pretty story.

 
Mary Ann
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05 Feb 2013 6:17:26 AM PST
Finally the gluten-free trend is catching on. A lot of restaurants are now showing gluten-free selections on their menus.
Like Rick said, donuts and sweet goodies are not a priority, but it is nice to know they are there if we want them.
What I find is that if it is gluten-free, then it is very pricey compared to foods with gluten and that makes it really hard for celiacs to stay on budgets and enjoy the foods we crave.
A while back, there were articles that Subway was testing gluten-free Breads for their sandwiches. Never did hear anything more about that. I hope more and more food entities get with gluten-free products and at reasonable prices.

 
Bob
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23 Jul 2013 12:01:40 PM PST
Nice commentary and I, too, am discouraged by the higher cost of gluten-free products. I've enjoyed Dunkin' Donuts for many years until my celiac diagnosis--and I'm glad to see advances in development that bring even gluten-free donuts to the marketplace. But at $1.89 per donut, it will be a cold day in hell before I rejoin the gang at Dunkin' for any donuts. Sorry!

 
Diane
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05 Feb 2013 7:25:56 AM PST
That's fantastic! It's a great option, treat, to stop and have a donut and coffee with my daughter rather than avoiding the store because there are no options for celiac individuals! Looking forward to gluten-free donuts coming to Northeast Ohio!

 
workingmommy
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05 Feb 2013 8:24:47 AM PST
I was just driving past a D&D the other day thinking how much I miss their donuts. I'm a celiac and while I have found an abundance of 'treats' to keep my sweet tooth happy, I will say I very much miss Dunkin Donuts. This is exciting and I hope to see more 'chain' food stores adding gluten-free options. As someone else mentioned, popping in for something quick while on the go like before being diagnosed would be huge. And I don't eat a lot of fast food, but sometimes it's a convenience. Go D&D!

 
Alex
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05 Feb 2013 10:55:55 AM PST
Great... but do you know where in Florida?

 
Carolin
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05 Feb 2013 12:23:25 PM PST
Look forward to the doughnuts coming across the water to the UK.

 
Paula
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05 Feb 2013 1:11:11 PM PST
I don't have celiac disease, but the rest of the family does. I would love to take the whole family for coffee and donuts! I can't wait for them to come to Arizona.

 
Bll
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05 Feb 2013 2:01:05 PM PST
This sounds great. The only problem, as mentioned by others, is that this is another food probably high in sugar and carbs. A lot of gluten-free things being made and advertised are not really all that healthy. If one eats in moderation though, it might not be too bad. Another worry, just how much more is a donut going to cost there since guten-free is almost always overpriced with a smaller amount?

 
Gina Geraci
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05 Feb 2013 3:51:28 PM PST
Bring it on, Dunkin! My 10 year old is constantly watching as classmates enjoy their DD favorites. It will be great to see him enjoy a donut again just like the other kids!

 
Frank

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07 Nov 2013 6:13:50 PM PST
Still waiting for Dunkin' to offer gluten free donuts..anybody have any updates? I ordered some online from a gluten free web site but I would love to see what Dunkin' has to offer.

 
Laurie
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05 Feb 2013 5:14:53 PM PST
Lima, Ohio would love a Dunkin' Donuts, and please include gluten-free!! This would be so awesome.

 
AmandaonMaui
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08 Feb 2013 12:48:31 PM PST
Rick: They may not be the healthiest option, but as you said people need something quick to eat when they're running around. And if you don't make a habit of it, then it's fine to have a donut. Sure, I'd like to have more healthful quick eat options, but even non-celiac non-gluten sensitive people don't have many of those options available.

We don't even have a Dunkin' Donuts on Maui, but if we did I'd eat this donut!

 
Jane
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09 Feb 2013 5:32:33 AM PST
My son would be thrilled to be able to get a donut at Dunkin' Donuts! He misses them so much!

 
Bill Lucas
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09 Feb 2013 6:21:02 AM PST
Personally, I think Kinnickinick's GF donuts are pretty good, and although I haven't had them in a while, Celiac Specialties had good donuts.

 
Carol
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09 Feb 2013 9:04:38 AM PST
It would be awesome to have gluten-free donuts. I hope Dunkin' Donuts can make them available everywhere.

 
Margaret Clegg
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09 Feb 2013 9:05:35 AM PST
If you're anywhere near Michigan, try the donuts at Celiac Specialities in Novi. They're fantastic!

 
Robin Cusimano
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09 Feb 2013 6:03:00 PM PST
I have celiac and miss eating donuts. Dominoes offers gluten free pizza as does Capellas. but it is made in the same kitchen as the regular pizza and is cross contaminated. So it is a waste of time and money for them to have it when it's still not safe for people with celiac disease to eat. I hope it will be different with the donuts.

 
Andrea L.
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16 Feb 2013 2:05:11 PM PST
I love the maple dip Kinnikinnick doughnuts. The other flavours are delicious. I've got my fingers crossed that Tim Horton's gets a gluten-free doughnut soon to go with my large double-double as we don't have Dunkin' Donuts anymore. Tim's put them out of business here.

 
Sabrina
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08 Mar 2013 5:23:02 PM PST
Waiting on these to come to Columbia, TN!!

 
jess
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04 May 2013 6:01:03 AM PST
I have been saying this for a while now... yay!! donuts are not healthy for you, gluten-free or not, so what does it matter? I would prefer muffins and bagels, actually... I haven't been to Dunkin' Donuts since I was diagnosed some months ago, not even for my beloved coolata with a triple shot of blueberry... gluten-free food offerings might bring me back.

 
Paul
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08 May 2013 8:56:23 AM PST
I read this article a while ago and then yesterday I heard these were available at my local D&D (CT). I stopped in this morning and there was a small basket on the counter next to the register. They are individually wrapped. Donut = $1.89, muffin = $2.39. I tried a cinnamon sugar donut and a blueberry muffin. The donut was tasty, but not really a donut. It was damp on the exterior and tasted more like one of those Entenman's. The muffin smell and taste are on par with the real thing. The major difference, as usual, was the texture (kinda like cornbread). I would buy the muffin again. It's nice to know we finally have a convenient option for an on-the-go breakfast fix. I'm usually sitting there with my coffee watching the rest of my family eat, wishing I planned my breakfast better. :)

 
tina
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26 May 2013 6:33:45 AM PST
I just got a donut in CT and it was really gross... there was no expiration date on it and I think it was old. It smelled awful and it was all wet and falling apart.

 
Realmccoy
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01 Jun 2013 7:50:31 PM PST
I had the cinnamon donut while in CT. I didn't really care for it. It was roughly 300 calories and 250 calories from fat. The crumb is not right and like the person above stated, it seemed wet. I didn't try the blueberry muffin, it was more calories.

 
Bob Whitney
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05 Jun 2013 1:36:32 PM PST
I live in Deltona, FL and they are building a soon to open Dunkin' Donuts about 1/2 mile from my house. Being that I must be gluten-free, gluten-free Dunkin' Donuts would be wonderful!

 
Katrina
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12 Jul 2013 8:55:48 AM PST
I'm 17 and have recently been digagnosed gluten-free about a year ago it's very had being on the go constantly and being able to awww friends eat whatever they want and realize I can't do that anymore. My dad and I use to have a tradition of going to the donut shop every Sunday before church we've been doing that for about 7 years and as of last year I've no longer been able to go enjoy a donut with my dad. I would love for a donut shop to make yummy gluten-free donuts. It would be completely awesome, the only problem is I'm in California so I'm hoping they venture out here really soon!! I miss having donuts! :(

 
Priyanka
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01 Aug 2013 11:58:19 PM PST
Hey, I hope Dunkin' Donuts would include other countries like India too for these gluten-free products.

 
tania somodji

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01 Sep 2014 7:33:29 PM PST
Gluten free in Cleveland, OH would be nice!




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