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

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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.

    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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    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.

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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.

    I too am a celiac and love drinking Dunkin coffee. It would make me feel normal if I too could dunk my gluten-free donut in my coffee as well. I hope this will happen for real in the not too distant future.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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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 2,000 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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