Some tasty news for gluten-free readers: Dunkin’ Donuts announced plans to roll out with gluten-free cinnamon sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins this year. According to Bloomberg, this could make DD the first fast-food chain to offer gluten-free pastries nationwide — a feat that McDonald’s and Starbucks have yet to accomplish.
“At Dunkin’ Donuts, we recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions,” stated Stan Frankenthaler, the company’s executive chef, in an e-mail.
The decision comes as gluten-free foods are poised to be the next major food trend (if it isn’t already) and as companies scramble to cash in by offering customers wheat-free options. Although, it’s worth it to know that just because your food doesn’t have gluten in it, doesn’t necessarily translate to fewer calories. Dunkin’s wheat-free cinnamon sugar donut weighs in at 320 calories, while its glazed donut has 260 calories. Their gluten-free blueberry muffin contains 400 calories, which is just 60 calories less than it’s standard muffin.
Still, it’s a great option for those with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting 1 out of every 133 Americans, and others who are just looking to improve digestion by eliminating gluten from their diets.
The ultimate test will come down to how Dunkin’s gluten-free donuts and muffins actually taste, as gluten-free food in general gets a bad rep for its sometimes off-putting texture. Stay tuned, Foodbeasts.