Dunkin' Donuts Becoming First Fast-Food Joint to Sell Gluten-Free Pastries

The new confections will be offered across the brand's U.S. stores later this year

Gluten-free fans rejoice! Dunkin' Donuts has announced it will sell gluten-free sweets across its U.S. stores later this year, according to an email from executive chef Stan Frankenthaler cited in Bloomberg.

The gluten-free confections, available in the form of cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins, will also be packaged separately to avoid contamination from the other products Dunkin' sells that do contain wheat flour. The ingredient is is harmful to those with celiac disease -- and avoidance of it is a growing trend among even those without such concerns.

“We recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions,” Frankenthaler wrote.

The gluten-free pastries mark the first sold by a U.S. fast-food chain. (Domino's Pizza already has gluten-free crusts, and Starbucks is working on developing some gluten-free offerings after it bought a specialty bakery last year.)

You might also say it's a big year for the humble (but darn delicious) doughnut: "Cronuts," New York's croissant-donut hybrid, are making a huge, greasy splash, with ripples felt among sweets lovers around the country.

Will you try Dunkin's new gluten-free products?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer, Village's Chief Lifestyle Blogger, and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter.

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