OMG. Get your bellies ready, gluten-free eaters, because Dunkin’ Donuts is testing gluten-free bagels and donuts. These wheat-free treats could be arriving very soon in a store near you.
A Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson said:
A few select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston and Miami areas are currently carrying gluten-free muffins and donuts. These include Blueberry Muffins and Cinnamon Sugar Donuts.
Sure, donuts aren’t exactly part of a balanced diet, but as a gluten sensitive person with a huge sweet tooth and love for pastries, I have to say I am overjoyed about the prospect of gluten-free donuts available at Dunkin’ Donuts. Because sometime you just need a donut, you know?
This is also pretty big news for the gluten-free community. Although there’s still some debate about the widespread trend of gluten-free eating, many people have found that they feel better when they omit items with gluten from their diet. Having gluten-free items available at a huge national retailer like Dunkin’ Donuts shows that people are realizing that gluten-free isn’t just a trend; it’s an eating style that’s here to stay.
This is also a smart business move for Dunkin’ Donuts. Although other fast-food retailers like Wendy’s have been offering gluten-free menu items, those outlets aren’t bakery or pastry specific, like Dunkin’ Donuts. Maybe this will cause other chain bakeries, like Panera and Au Bon Pain, to start offering selections for celiacs and others with gluten sensitivities or intolerances. While I don’t necessarily advocate eating fast food, I do think it’s great that GF people will have additional eating options.