Gluten-Free at Dunkin Donuts: Introducing New Gluten-Free Muffins and Donuts

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Imagine leaving your house in the morning to go for your morning coffee and being able to conveniently – at any of over 10,000 locations across the country – grab a gluten-free donut or gluten-free muffin at the counter along with it. Well, for some of us, that day is here as Dunkin Donuts has released gluten-free items at a few select locations.

Last Friday, I stopped in at Dunkin Donuts in Brookline, Massachusetts (a few minutes from Fenway Park on the edge of Boston), when I noticed these donuts and muffins. I didn’t know from any ads outside the store or even inside the store.

When I got to the counter to order, there was a small basket smiling up at me clearly labeled “Gluten-Free”. I was totally in awe, so naturally I asked a lot of questions…

When did you start offering gluten-free muffins and donuts? Where else are they offered? Am I the first lucky customer to see these? What’s in them? What other allergies are covered?

The poor woman didn’t even have the chance to answer any of my questions before I blurted out a dozen curiosities…

However, she obliged and was pretty knowledgeable about the new offering, and I’m excited to share everything I learned with you.

 

Gluten-Free at Dunkin Donuts – Here’s the Scoop

 

Boston and Miami are now test markets for this new Dunkin Donuts gluten-free offering, but right now the Dunkin Donuts in Coolidge Corner in Brookline, Massachusetts is the ONLY location that offers them in Boston.

The donuts are cinnamon sugar (one flavor), and the muffins are blueberry (also just one flavor). And let me tell you… they are fabulous!

Most importantly, it’s clear that Dunkin Donuts has gone out of their way to make safety the #1 priority, reminiscent of how Chucky Cheese started offering gluten-free pizza earlier in 2012. Kudos to Dunkin Donuts!

The donuts and muffins are certified gluten-free by the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization). They are produced and pre-packaged off-site (not at the actual Dunkin Donuts location where you buy them) to eliminate the chance for cross-contamination.

While we showed that Domino’s gluten-free pizza is probably safe, it is a sigh of relief that a huge multinational food brand learned from the Domino’s controversy and took precautions to avoid cross-contamination at all costs.

After the gluten-free donuts and muffins are produced off-site, they are packaged and labeled with a date that is handwritten right on the package (see the picture below). This is presumably a date they need to be sold or eaten by, but it’s not clear by the labeling. I stopped in on December 28, and as you can see, Dunkin Donuts wrote on both of these “12-30” in blue pen.

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Key Facts About Dunkin Donuts’ Gluten-Free Products: Pricing, Nutrition and Allergen Information

 

As expected, the gluten-free donuts and muffins are much more expensive. While “regular” donuts cost $1.01, the gluten-free donuts cost $1.89 (87% more). As for the muffins, the “regulars” cost $1.55 and the gluten-free muffins are $2.39 (54% more).

Are these donuts or muffins healthy? Not by any stretch of the imagination, but neither are the donuts or muffins that Dunkin Donuts has made for years (or really any other muffins or donuts for that matter). Here’s a comparison of a few key nutritional categories between the “regular” and gluten-free blueberry muffins:

Blueberry Muffin Gluten-Free Bluebery Muffin
Calories 460 400
Fat (grams) 15g 12g
Cholesterol (milligrams) 60mg 95mg
Sodium (milligrams) 450mg 670mg
Total Carbs (grams) 76g 68g

 

In terms of other nutrition and allergen information, the donuts and muffins are also Kosher Pareve, and they both contain eggs and soy.

The good news is that the woman at the counter told me the gluten-free products are selling like crazy, which is hopefully a positive factor in how quickly and how broadly Dunkin Donuts rolls them out to other locations.

While it’s hard to tell how quickly this offering will become available across the country, we at the CeliAct Blog will certainly be on the lookout for more info. If you find anything else out or have any questions, please write us at info@celiact.com. This is an exciting development for everyone that we would love to learn more about!

Special thanks to Kendall Egan from Gluten-Free Living magazine for letting me know last week that Dunkin Donuts was testing some gluten-free items in Boston.

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Comments ( 39 )

  • Mindy Richetts

    Anybody know what ever happened to Subway’s
    roll out of gluten free line? I wish Dunkin’ Donuts comes my waysooner rather than later, we all need a splurge

  • Les

    Is there a listing somewhere of which locations are offering GF products? Same with Subway’s and any others. Not sure who their “test market” is and why they don’t just offer it everywhere!

  • Jennifer Fulbright

    I am so glad they are gluten free donuts and muffins, I hope somewhere down the line they can figure out how to make them without soy. I wish food manufacturers in general will realize soy is not all that good for us and some people also are allergic to soy. I live in a small town and have to travel 30 minutes to buy gluten/soy/dairy free products at a vitamin store. Over the last year they are selling more and more specialty products. Hoping nationwide other food producers will provide allergy friendly products too.

    • Tammie

      We have GF offering at most of the Subways in Portland, OR/SW Washington. The problem is the crumbs on the line in every condiment and garnish from the regular subs. I have found that to be completely safe, I need to have my GF Sandwich made away from the regular line and the condiments/toppings must come from their refrigerator, not off the line. This has required that I “train” my subway employee and tip generously. The sandwich is already WAY more expensive than the regular ones, so once I tip, it’s even more..I rarely go to subway anymore. I simply can’t afford it and sometimes I still get sick if I don’t watch their every move.

    • Elizabeth

      It is now up to the franchise owner on whether or not they will carry them
      In the store. You can contact subway and give them your zip code and they will let you know what stores are still offering the gluten free rolls.

  • Mindy Richetts

    Hi folks, I went to the Subway website right after they started the roll out for gluten free items about 6 months ago…but haven’t been back again. We can try looking there and sending them emails too. It would be great to be able to get a needed meal when out and about thats even remotely affordable and somewhat healthy. Subway has some healthy sandwiches, if only the bread was gluten free. They do the test market to see if it’s worth investing in the expense of expanding countrywide, it requires a whole new procedure and processing etc. It’s all about the green $. I went off the gluten free diet 2 months after years of compliance because I just can’t afford the gas and prices of what I can eat (with alot of other food allergies)on a fixed income. The stress of compliance was going to kill me before the gluten got me down lol. Take care

    • Lisa

      Subway toppings are loaded with additives, and they could contain gluten, especially the dressings and meats. Would they guarantee these to be GF, too? That would be nice.

  • Suze

    I get that the GF treats are made and packaged off-site so that they can be reliably GF. Kudos to DD on that decision! However, as of two years ago, Dunkin Donuts was packing their coffees (including “plain” coffee/no flavors) on lines shared with gluten and wheat products. (And made this GF gal pretty darned sick.) Maybe some additional investigation into how safe their COFFEE is should be the question at hand. Don’t mean to be a curmudgeon, but this was a terrible experience.

    • Greg Smith

      Anything that isn’t packaged outside of the Dunkin Donuts is not safe to eat there. That’s it; no investigation will ever change that.

    • Trinka

      I self diagnosed myself with gluten intolerance. I still wasn’t felling better until I figured out any type of soy was still keeping me sick. Then after another month or 2 I found out that coffee in general also triggered the sickness due to a protein in the bean that is recognized by the same thing as the gluten and soy allergies. So, now, after so many years of being able to drink coffee, I can no longer drink it or I am sick for 3 days at least. If you need a caffeine boost, try hot cocoa made with cacao and water or milk and safe sweetener of your choice.

      • Kris

        You can try Choffy. It is brewed chocolate, isn’t as sweet as hot chocolate as the only sweetness comes from any you ad via creamer. It contains no sugar, dairy, or chemicals; in fact, all it contains is premium cacao. You can find it online. I have a website but only so I can get a better price but you can see it (or buy it) there if you like: http://www.drinkchoffy.com/lovemychocolate
        Chocolate beans naturally contain Theobromine which is a cousin of caffeine and offers a gentler, longer lasting lift in my experience. Hope that helps.

  • Judith

    I hope they bring these to downtown Boston soon! (Not that I need to eat junk food, but not being able to get anything at DD’s besides the beverages is a bummer.) Happy Friday!

  • Sharon oneil

    when they help us here in canada
    i love pizza and my family will not order it out until i can also get a good pizza for me
    i do not want the thin discusting pizza some offer i want a good crust that has some crutst to it
    does anyone know which fast food places offer true gluten free hamburgers and fires…….none they all say they have no fillers but they do and the fries are coated in a wheat base wash
    help us

    • Tiffany

      Five guys burgers and fries are gluten free, just ask for no bun!

      • Sue

        Our Five Guys will even change their gloves before handling and put your burger in a separate bag! When you order without the bun they ask “allergy”? before you can even say it!

    • Kate B

      Red Robin offers a gluten free burger with a gluten free bun!! And they are excellent about ensuring they won’t contaminate

  • Terri

    I am glad to see this, and so hope it makes it across the country. I would be so nice to just pick up a donut or muffin. As for pizza, I refused to try Domino’s what a slap in the face to Celiac’s to say it is GF but not guarantee it. Where I live in upstate NY we have a chain of pizzarias that have GF pizza and they take a lot of measure to be sure it is GF and actually walked me through what they do, I was so impressed, and it is actually very good.

  • Debbie

    do you know if the products are also dairy free?

    • Leia

      [quote name=”Debbie”]do you know if the products are also dairy free?[/quote]

      It says they are certified Kosher Pareve. Which means there is no dairy in them.

    • Mary

      it said they were vegan, which I think means no dairy

      • Mary

        oops, sorry, means Kosher NOT vegan

  • Dave

    Great News. Lets make sure this information is passed on to anyone w/ celiac or a wheat intolerance. We don’t want these to hit other markets, not be successful, and then the roll out to stop.

    • Mindy Richetts

      Dave, you’re right on, now all you Celiacs in the roll out markets have a mission to buy buy buy eat eat eat so the rest of us can get a break, but ONLY if it’s good.
      Blessings to all, Happy Friday

  • Gluten Free Boston G

    There are 7 locations testing the gluten free products:
    209 N Harvard St. Allston, MA
    219 Cambridge St. Allston, MA
    1955 Beacon St. Brighton, MA
    1008 Beacon St. Brookline, MA
    1316 Beacon St. Brookline, MA
    5 3rd St. Cambridge, MA
    99 Cambridge St. Charlestown, MA

    Has anyone tried them yet??

  • Mabel

    My concern is…What are the rest of the ingredients? Many who have allergies, or are sick in some other way, are still eating processed foods that are mainly chemicals, such as the supposed blueberries in the muffins. Do not focus on the label. Read the ingredient, or better yet, make it yourself. There are many yummy ways to make these foods with real food products, not chemicals making food like products. Cheers, and good health to all!! :)

    • Mindy Richetts

      Mabel, yes, most processed meats have hidden gluten. I researched this thoroughly early on and only buy Boar’s Head. So it’s not just the bread thats an issue but the meat and cheese etc. I looked at Subways “ingredient list” on their site and I suggest you do the same for more clarification.

    • Lisa

      Very well said.

    • Robyn

      They are almost guaranteed to contain xanthan gum, which effects me the same as gluten! Even Wendy’s chili and Frosty have xanthan gum. There go my 2 survival options for a “no cook” day!

  • Beth

    I am so glad to hear Dunkin Doughnuts has GF offerings. I just have to find one still in existance in SoCal.
    Off the topic of donuts, Target has a brand of GF spagetti noodles that are corn and rice flour that are wonderful- I love them, so does my family who can have gluten. Its under the brand Archer Farms and sells for “wait for it” $2.49!!!!(at least in California). That’s right. Unbelievable I know and its so good.

    • Maggie

      Trader Joe’s has awesome corn pasta for $1.69

  • Lisa

    But do we think people with autoimmune issues should be eating donuts, gluten-free or not??

  • Debbie

    This is good news. How about donuts and muffins that are gluten, dairy, and egg free for those with other allergies? Making apple cider donuts this way would be delish!

    • Brandi

      Are these egg free as well?

  • Denise

    Do you know when they will have this available in Chicago??

  • Mindy Richetts

    there seems to be some confusion about “Kosher”. Meat can be kosher too, it refers to the processing not necessarily the ingredients (although pork and some seafood wouldn’t be Kosher period). Kosher also refers to not mixing dairy products with meat products,

    • Judith

      “Kosher pareve” means that the item does not contain milk or meat.

  • Carrie

    Does anyone know if subway or dunkin donuts does gf in new York?

  • Betty

    I wish RT44 in Simsbury was a test market! It would be great to get something to go with my coffee or tea.

  • Toniann

    We had the gluten free muffins and doughnuts on trial up in the Merrimack valley for about 2-3 weeks at the start of the new year. They were fabulous. I, two co-workers and a gluten free family at my school all tried them with no issues what so ever. Just as I was getting used to going and ordering one, they stopped the trial and I have been without them since. Does anyone know if the boston shops STILL have them?

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