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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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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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?

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    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!

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    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!

    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).

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    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!

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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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