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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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    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).

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. :)

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    Since I am so sensitive to cross contamination I was happy to see that they are individually wrapped!

    They are individually wrapped, expensive donut though at $1.89 each!

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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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