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Monday, July 1, 2013
Dunkin' Donuts Goes Gluten-Free
For months now, the gluten-free blogosphere has been buzzing with talk of gluten-free products at Dunkin' Donuts. People in MA and FL have been Tweeting out pictures of the gluten-free, pre-packaged donuts. About two weeks ago, this news hit the mainstream media and everyone has been going crazy over this news. Some people love the idea of being able to get a donut or muffin at D&D, others were worried about cross-contamination, while others feel that this is another gluten-free junk food on the market.

Personally, I was really excited to see the gluten-free cinnamon donuts and blueberry muffins when I went to Dunkin' Donuts a month ago in Connecticut. The pre-packaged, certified gluten-free products were on the counter in a separate basket and were clearly marked. It felt so "normal" to buy an iced coffee and a donut. Would I buy this every day? HELL NO (See calorie, fat, and sodium count below) but it was a really nice treat to buy to have along with my iced coffee.

The biggest concern gluten-free folks had about these products was the risk of cross-contamination. I can report that these products were all pre-packaged and had the "Certified GF" stamp on the back of the package. I did write to Dunkin' Donuts to ask specifically about this certification but they wrote me back about the products being kosher and not gluten-free. They did include the ingredients so here is the email and the information that I have so far. If I learn more about the certification, I will follow-up here on my blog.

Thank you for taking the time to contact Dunkin' Donuts. In response to your email, all of our gluten free products are Kosher Parve Certified by United Mehadrin Kosher.I have attached a copy of the nutritional information for our gluten free products for you to look at. We hope to have theses in store by the end of 2013. Please stay tuned for them in stores and keep checking for more information. 

Again, this doesn't address how the gluten-free products are made but I can tell you from experience they are pre-packaged. See product below.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Cake Donut
Ingredients: Donut: Palm Oil, Rice Flour, Eggs, Egg Whites, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch,  Sugar, Soybean Oil, Defatted Soy Flour, Contains less than 2% of the following: Leavening 
(Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Dextrose, Modified Corn Starch, Filtered Water, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Salt, Gum Arabic, Soy Lecithin, Spices,  Xanthan Gum, Sucralose; Topping: Sugar, Cinnamon, Colored with Caramel Color.
Contains: Egg, Soy
320 calories, 22g fat, 440mg sodium 

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin
Ingredients: Muffin: Sugar, Eggs, Wild Blueberries, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Rice Flour,  Soybean Oil, Filtered Water, Defatted Soy Flour, Contains less than 2% of the following:  Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Aluminum Sulfate), Modified Corn  Starch, Salt, Guar Gum, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Blueberry Flavor, Natural and Artificial Butter  Flavor, Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Mono and Diglycerides, Propylene Glycol;  Topping: Sugar.
Contains: Egg, Soy
400 calories, 12g fat, 670mg sodium

The calorie counts and grams of fat are HIGH, so this would only be a sweet treat from time to time for me. I only saw these in CT but haven't seen them in NYC yet. Are they in your local Dunkin' Donuts? Have you had these gluten-free products yet? Would you try them?

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Blogger ackdavis said...

Everyday? Doughnuts are deep-fried. Besides high sodium and calories, what does a doughnut do for a body? Look at the top ingredients to decide if this nourishes a gluten-intolerant body, or any body.

The best of this is that GFeers have a choice to make. Thanks, DD for making GF available. Other such food service places will follow.

It'll be interesting to hear how they fare in the GF community.

Blogger Unknown said...

I know people go in and buy regular donuts every day so I am sure that there are gluten-free folks that might stop and buy one of these every day. These are definitely a treat, like once or twice a year at most! All sweets and treats like this should totally be occasional.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great to see! As the parent of a 2 yo (who eats a healthy / balanced GF diet) it's good to have this choice. No, I'm not going to run out and buy him donuts every day, or even every weekend. But now we have the option. (My 5 yo daughter commented last week about a powdered sugar dounut - "I remember when I used to eat those. No I can't.")

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a wonderful option especially when out and about traveling. Where in Connecticut are they? I was tempted to stop and ask in every DD that I have driven by....but that would be impossible.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are in Connecticut near Glastonbury, check Dee's One Smart Cookie for availability of doughnuts. Doughnuts may be available on Saturdays only. They freeze well and taste better when microwaved for several seconds.

The bakery is outstanding for many nutrient dense, gluten and other common allergen free baked goods.

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