If you’re gluten-free, you’re no stranger to the terms “hold the bun” or “no croutons, please” when it comes to ordering fast food. Unfortunately, food prep isn’t always an option, which means road trips are damn near impossible and midday snacks involve so many nuts and fruits you feel like a squirrel. And honestly, by this point, we all expected it to be a little easier to navigate. While you still might not be able to always Have It Your Way, we’re thrilled to announce that (along with the rest of America), you, too, can now run on Dunkin’.
Dunkin’ Donuts is praised by early birds and night owls alike (many of their locations are open 24 hours a day) for a steady stream of caffeinated beverages and heaps of sweet treats. Their bakery pumps out enough donuts, Munchkins, and other baked goods to feed their three million daily customers.
But, with global eating habits shifting to the healthier side of the spectrum and dietary restrictions preventing many from chowing down on their donuts, looks like the Double D has decided it’s time to change things up a bit. They already offer “healthier” items with a DDSmart logo on them (indicating items with reduced calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, or sodium). And now, they’re taking it one step further.
Their newest offering, a gluten-free fudge brownie (packaged individually to prevent cross-contamination) is a sweet treat for those avoiding wheat. Found on their Dunkin’ Run menu, this is just one of five new snack-sized offerings (priced at $2 each). And while the rest of the menu is chock-full of gluten (with items like pretzel bites and “donut fries”), this could be the first step in making Dunkin’ Donuts accessible to those who only eat foods sans gluten.
Literally Running on Dunkin’
But the addition of a gluten-free menu item isn’t the first time that Dunkin’ Donuts has attempted to steer their image into the healthyish category. Earlier this year, Dunkin’ Donuts collaborated with Saucony on commemorative sneakers so that America could, literally this time, run on Dunkin’. With Dunkin’s signature orange and pink sprinkles scattered across the shoe, these kicks were released in honor of the Boston Marathon and Dunkin’s origin (less than 10 miles south of Beantown).
Admittedly, the donuts pictured on the shoes were not particularly healthy, and definitely not gluten-free, but the colossus of caffeine does seem to be trying to appeal to a health-minded clientele.
We’re not saying that Dunkin’ Donuts is on its way to becoming a beacon of health in the darkness of the fast food world. But, when a global brand the size of Dunkin’ Donuts takes notice of health trends and dietary restrictions, we can only hope it will led to further menu expansion and maybe other traditional “fast food” joints following suit. And if that means more brownies for everyone, that’s just icing on the