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

    Jefferson Adams
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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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!

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    I am one of the lucky ones who lives close enough to make the drive in to get the gluten-free offerings. The cinnamon donut and blueberry muffin could be improved a little, but are delicious! I hope DD takes it to the general public.

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    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.

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    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.

    I doubt they would cook them in the same area.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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