OMG. Dunkin’ Donuts Is Going Gluten-Free!

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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.

Photo: Gluten Free South Florida Facebook group

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    • Jules

      I don’t think the problem is necessarily that those outlets don’t want to have options for all customers, I think the do, but it can be really difficult in a bakery with flour and crumbs everywhere on a sandwich line and the possibility of cross contamination. Could you imagine being Panera or Au bon Pain? How are you going to separate the products if it is more than an individually packaged roll or loaf of bread like a sandwich? There are gluten free options (had a great salad at Panera the other night, not a wheat product on my tray) but if you are going to advertise something as “gluten free” there are certain precautions that have to be taken. So do I want more restaurants to do this? Yes. But I think it needs to be done in a way that doesn’t compromise people’s health.

      • http://blisstree.com/ Carrie Murphy

        Hi Jules. You raise some good points. The bagels and donuts pictured above look like they are individually-packaged, which seems to solve that problem of cross-contamination that you’re speaking about. I see no reason why Panera or Au Bon Pain couldn’t also offer individually packaged GF items for people to purchase….or give a similar GF disclaimer as Domino’s, which offers GF pizza crust that the company says that people should eat at their own risk due to possible cross-contamination.

    • BK

      Thanks for the heads up on this Carrie.

      I think it is pretty funny that there is a shot of a jar of money in the background. Anybody who eats GF knows that it cost 3x as much as non-GF food.

      Minor correction for you, it looks like they are serving GF donuts and muffins, not bagels.

      Also, Jules hit the nail on the head in terms of other restaurants probably wanting to serve GF, but being afraid of cross contamination. It is a serious issue that Dominoes had to deal with as they rolled out their GF pizza. Chipolte doesa great job usually of making sure there is no cross contamination when they serve GF food, but it takes a lot of care and training.

    • Anon

      As the mom of a kid with Celiacs this is a mixed blessing… I think the number of people who claim to be gluten sensitive or choosing to not eat gluten has raised awareness of the issue. However, it is diluting the seriousness of contamination for those who really, actually cannot have gluten because it literally is poison to their bodies. It frightens me when a food service person who will be serving my child asks if she is just sensitive or actually has Celiacs because it determines how she will prep the food and feed my child at camp. Um, no, just treat it the same as a nut allergy! There is a big difference between being gluten free as a lifestyle choice and because it can make you seriously ill. And unfortunately I think the lifestylers are watering down the seriousness of it as an actual health issue.

    • Dvora Levi

      This is great news for celiac patients. We too deserve tasty things.

      I love dunkin dounts, but I have this disorder.

      If you dont know what celiac is you should read this http://glutenfreebounty.com/what-is-celiac-disease/