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Dunkin Ditches Gluten-free Donuts

Celiac.com 02/10/2014 - Dunkin' Donuts is quietly ditching its much publicized, much anticipated campaign to introduce gluten-free donuts across the nation.

Photo: CC--Robert BanhInformation is scant, as Dunkin' has not issued any official press release. Dunkin' Donuts did, however, release the following statement to Gluten-Free Living:

"In 2013, we tested a gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Donut and Blueberry Muffin in select markets. We are currently assessing the results of this test, as well as feedback from our guests and franchisees, and we do not have plans to launch these products nationally at this time. We are continuing to develop additional gluten-free products for future tests, and we remain committed to exploring ways to offer our guests gluten-free choices."

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Word is that the rollout was doomed partly by complaints about the quality of the gluten-free donuts Dunkin' was offering, among other issues.

We will do our best to keep you updated on this and other gluten-free stories.

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22 Responses:

Mickey Wesler
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10 Feb 2014 6:59:03 AM PDT
I am extremely disappointed - although I am not myself a donut eater - the blueberry muffin was what I had my eye on.
More than that I am sad that a national company is not going to provide an alternative to those of us who do no eat gluten - no matter the cause - Dunkin' Donuts you have really set back the cause of providing gluten free alternative rather than taking a leadership role. I am sure if you went the muffin route and other "bread or cake" routes we would be happy to have the alternative when we come in for coffee. I am very disappointed in your "give up" attitude rather than choosing to us an alternative with muffins.
Your were a leader in my mind - now you are giving up rather than going to Plan B. Gluten free foods can be tasty .
A sorely disappointed gluten free family!

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12 Feb 2014 9:36:29 AM PDT
I read of Dunkin' Donuts' GF doughnut with interest, but was highly skeptical and am not surprised to find that it failed. I am a life-long foodie about three years into a celiac diagnosis. My conclusion, after tasting lots of gluten-free baked goods, is that I would rather bake/buy authentically, originally GF baked goods (meringues, macaroons, flourless chocolate cake, etc.) and then cheat once every three months with a real piece of pizza, cake, or brownie, than chase the promise of GF baked goods every day of the week and face constant disappointment. With very VERY few exceptions, I do not believe it is possible to make a fluffy, stretchy, moist, light, and tasty baked good -- pizza crust, muffin, sourdough bread, cake, etc. -- without using wheat. That makes me sad, but sorry folks, it's the truth.

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17 Feb 2014 6:43:26 PM PDT
Apparently you don't take being a celiac seriously enough if you are cheating every three months with a wheat product. Do you understand what you are doing to your body by doing that? Your choice....
That being said - after eating GF for over 30 years I can tell you there are plenty of recipes that will give you cakes, muffins, macaroons, and yes pizzas that taste just as good as they did with the wheat.
You need to make a commitment to your body that you want it to live and not want to kill it off - and you will go searching for these wonderful recipes 'foodie' and you will soon discover that wheat is not all that it's cracked up to be.

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03 Jan 2015 11:06:16 AM PDT
Totally agree!! I'm not willing to be sick just to cheat. I'll wait... Or make my own.

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25 Feb 2014 6:24:36 AM PDT
I am a huge foodie!! and you haven't been looking in the right place. Almost 7 years ago I had a son and we almost both died. After and extended coma I was diagnosed with celiac and my son as well. But he is also HIGHLY allergic to CORN. So we eat NO processed food because many food additives are made from corn. A lot of celiac patients can't tolerate any grains even soy (that is me, can't even have coffee or chocolate without a reaction). I make a wonderful bread that is fluffy and moist and airy. It is made with cashews and eggs. The recipe is from a book called
AGAINST ALL GRAIN. It is awesome!!! Guest have eaten it then asked cause they thought I couldn't have grains in my home. They are shocked to learn it was made with no grain. The gluten-free label is meaningless until they make gluten free mean NO gluten. currently gluten free means less then 20 parts per million. And don't get me started on the cross contamination in packaging and factories.
Anyway, if you want awesome recipes that are completely grain and dairy free this is an awesome book. P.S. YOU have to try the Dairy free "New England Clam Chowder" it is unbelievable how good it is.

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07 Mar 2014 8:05:59 AM PDT
Enid, I disagree with you. I bought King Arthur muffin mix and am very happy with the results. the muffins came out moist, fluffy and tasty. I myself do not need to eat gluten-free foods, I made them for my husband who has a wheat allergy. Domata flour is also very good and my friends couldn't tell that the cookies I made with it were GF.

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05 Jun 2014 12:16:57 PM PDT
Don't agree, we make a lot of very good baked goods, pizza, muffins, cake, that extended family members who eat wheat say are very good. Just a matter of learning how, and some things (biscuits) don't work.

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17 Jan 2016 9:43:50 AM PDT
I am a celiac and if I decided to cheat as you mention, I would end up on the bathroom floor vomiting for hours. It is not worth it! Once I went on the no gluten diet I could not go back without HUGE side effects.

jose Suerte
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14 Feb 2014 2:23:10 PM PDT
It is a little disappointing. DD regular baked good were never anything to go out of ones way for. You can better baked goods (GF and with G) at most grocery stores now.

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17 Feb 2014 6:11:56 AM PDT
Not disappointed at all! I'm a very sensitive celiac and I would not have taken the risk of cross contamination. 20ppm is 20 parts too many for me! Thanks for trying Dunkin!

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17 Feb 2014 6:17:26 AM PDT
Their GF donuts were not very good, especially for the price.

The muffins were good, though a bit pricey. But the fact they were sealed and separate from the rest of the products was nice.

Would actually love it if they had GF bagels....

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17 Feb 2014 9:52:25 AM PDT
If the products were poor - and we can get plenty of that right now - then no one would buy the products. No sense for the customer or the company....

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17 Feb 2014 11:13:16 AM PDT
Although I am not a huge donut or muffin person, I do on occasion enjoy having a donut or muffin, especially if I am running late. Time crunch is usually when I need a gluten-free option the most, and that is when it is the hardest to find a gluten free choice. With the growth of celiac disease and even those who choose gluten free as an lifestyle, many restaurants and fast food chains are missing the boat on this. Limited options in dining out are one of the reasons many find living GF so hard.

Olinda Paul
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17 Feb 2014 11:47:27 AM PDT
I am too disappointed that they have temporarily chosen to excel in this field. Granted doing GF is a bit tricky at times. I would rather they regroup and try again than to put out a bad donut/product. They have high standards for themselves and they should have them with GF doughnuts too. Hey, I would LOVE a good donut once in a while. I haven't had a really good one in 17 years. Most of them too dry or contain GM corn or milk products in them too. So if your multi-allergic like me...and many are...you don't get donuts.
Good for you for re-grouping and trying to get it right. I love that. I would rather have it be an awesome donut than a dry, flavorless product. Here is to hoping for the best.

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17 Feb 2014 12:01:02 PM PDT
It is disappointing that they can't come up with a product that tastes good. General Mills managed to come up with gluten free cereals (Chex) that is wonderful. Please keep trying.

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17 Feb 2014 1:42:37 PM PDT
GM didn't exactly come up with Rice Chex...they only had to make 1 substitution to get rid of barley malt for a GF sweetener.

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19 Feb 2014 2:32:14 AM PDT
Thank you, admin, for pointing this out. Many miss this point.

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18 Feb 2014 5:52:29 PM PDT
I am a grandmother of a celiac so I know the trials and tribulations that she goes through. We were both so much looking forward to a breakthrough of a gluten-free donut, not only so much to provide for a gluten-free donut but as an encouragement to the food industry to provide more delicious tasting gluten-free foods. It has not been an easy road because it is a struggle to find products that taste "almost" normal. I remember when my grandchild was diagnosed with celiac in high school she cried, "But, I am a teenager part of enjoying being in high school is getting together and eating pizza with everyone." I encourage the food industry to look at how profitable it would be to them to produce good tasting gluten-food products at a reasonable price. All mothers and grandmothers of celiacs, and celiacs, will agree with me!!

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22 Feb 2014 4:23:05 PM PDT
I too am disappointed that Dunkin' is not going thru with gluten-free. I was looking forward to the muffins. I currently get gluten-free muffins via the internet out-of-state and have them shipped to my home. The cost is high and I was hoping Dunkin' could have saved me some money so I could get them locally.

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12 Mar 2014 11:20:25 AM PDT
I am happy to get an update on this subject to share with my CSA Chapter #110 support group.

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22 Apr 2014 5:57:14 AM PDT
My son who is celiac will be greatly disappointed when I tell him. I had emailed Dunkin' Donuts and they told me by the end of 2013. He was so excited they were gonna have donuts. He's been gluten-free for 7 years now.

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09 Sep 2014 8:05:31 AM PDT
If they can't do it we'll then don't do it! The last thing us celiacs need is a company doing GF half assed! I live in Sacramento ca and we go to apple hill every year. One place decided to start making GF apple pies but when I called she told me her oat topping was not made with GF oats because they were too expensive! I told her she cannot sell them as GF, and is opening up herself to a lawsuit! I pray that this year she is using GF oats or there will be hell to pay!

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