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(Time)   Dunkin' Donuts will sell overpriced gluten-free products alongside its overpriced donuts in all stores by year's end   (newsfeed.time.com) divider line 37
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2013-06-22 12:01:28 PM  
In before "this wasn't an issue XX years ago"
 
2013-06-22 02:20:58 PM  
Do you suppose these will last as long as the "low-carb" donuts did?
 
2013-06-22 03:02:30 PM  
Somewhat of a threadjack:

Whatever you do, DO NOT get their breakfast sandwiches if you're at a DD in the airport or train station.

I made that mistake once and all of that grease slowly clogged up my arteries and the rest of my insides for a little while while it tried to digest what was essentially a grease sandwich.

/I could've gotten a donut but I was in the mood for a breakfast sandwich
//never making that mistake again
 
2013-06-22 03:20:17 PM  
Dunkin' Donuts is overpriced? Then subby better not ever visit a Pete's Coffee or Starbucks. He'll have to take out a personal loan for a cup of their coffee.
 
2013-06-22 03:24:57 PM  
Subby? A single doughnut at D&D is a DOLLAR. A single doughnut at Starbucks is 2.75. Overpriced?
 
2013-06-22 03:43:16 PM  
At last, a healthy donut which won't cause weight gain or diabetes.
 
2013-06-22 04:18:33 PM  
Oh yeah Dunkin Donuts is crazy expensive. I bet you can drop like THREE OR SO BUCKS in that place without even trying!?!?
 
2013-06-22 04:29:24 PM  
If they can actually make a gluten free donut that doesn't taste like ass, I am certain my mother shall be overjoyed, what with the Celiac's and all.

(God I really hope I don't develop it late in life like she did. I LIKE BEER.)
 
2013-06-22 05:00:32 PM  

skinink: Dunkin' Donuts is overpriced? Then subby better not ever visit a Pete's Coffee or Starbucks. He'll have to take out a personal loan for a cup of their coffee.


Just what exactly are you ordering? I've always gotten my drinks there for under $5.
 
2013-06-22 05:17:25 PM  
Do you still get your order free if they don't give you your receipt?
 
2013-06-22 05:36:28 PM  

foo monkey: At last, a healthy donut which won't cause weight gain or diabetes.


whenever they gave us donuts at work they always said they were zero calorie.  and they were RIGHT!
 
2013-06-22 05:55:47 PM  

skinink: Dunkin' Donuts is overpriced? Then subby better not ever visit a Pete's Coffee or Starbucks. He'll have to take out a personal loan for a cup of their coffee.


Its overpriced considering their donuts are the size of silver dollars now.
 
2013-06-22 06:15:50 PM  
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I will repost a reminder that DD has been hijacked by the private equity people and remade as a dispensary until people stop eating there.
 
2013-06-22 06:22:07 PM  
selling idiots things they dont need has always been a profitable business model...

/97-99% of people who have gone gluten free are doing it because they are sheep...
 
2013-06-22 06:40:35 PM  

Felgraf: If they can actually make a gluten free donut that doesn't taste like ass, I am certain my mother shall be overjoyed, what with the Celiac's and all.

(God I really hope I don't develop it late in life like she did. I LIKE BEER.)


I hate to plug it unnecessarily, but if you're at risk for Celiac's, then you might be able to get a discount here.
https://www.23andme.com

I highly recommend it. Also, we need more data. The data monster is never satisfied.
 
2013-06-22 07:13:51 PM  

Tarl3k: selling idiots things they dont need has always been a profitable business model...

/97-99% of people who have gone gluten free are doing it because they are sheep...


My sister-in-law just went gluten free to try and lose weight. Fat cow gained 30 lbs since January.
 
2013-06-22 08:57:32 PM  

wildcardjack: I will repost a reminder that DD has been hijacked by the private equity people and remade as a dispensary until people stop eating there.


Private equity cashed out in August 2012. The company is now mostly owned by institutional investors.
 
2013-06-22 09:19:30 PM  
There's no Gluten in Refined Sugar!
 
2013-06-22 09:26:29 PM  
OT, but the 'donuts' they sell at DD are nasty. They come in frozen by truck every day, but always taste stale to me. There is a local place, and even the supermarket donuts are so much better.

\Only go to DD for the occasional coffee and breakfast sandwich.
 
2013-06-22 09:44:05 PM  

MBZ321: OT, but the 'donuts' they sell at DD are nasty. They come in frozen by truck every day, but always taste stale to me. There is a local place, and even the supermarket donuts are so much better.

\Only go to DD for the occasional coffee and breakfast sandwich.


They're frozen?  Dafuq?  Didn't work that way when I worked there.

More likely they're made the previous night at another location, and then trucked in that morning.  And then have been sitting until you order one.

Which is why they taste stale.  Because they are.
 
2013-06-22 10:23:00 PM  

MBZ321: They come in frozen by truck every day, but always taste stale to me.


Man, the day they opened the new Dunkies, they brought in a truck and parked it outside and made the donuts fresh. That was awesome.

sendtodave: More likely they're made the previous night at another location, and then trucked in that morning.


That's exactly what they do. It's sad. These days, the only thing worth having are the sour cream donuts.
 
2013-06-22 10:42:35 PM  

t3knomanser: That's exactly what they do. It's sad. These days, the only thing worth having are the sour cream donuts.


These days?  That's how it was done 15 years ago.  I think that's how it has always been done.

Protip:  You can only get fresh donuts at the store where they are made, either at 4-6 AM, or when (if) they run out midday and have to make more.  Which rarely happens.

You can not get a fresh donut from any location that doesn't make them.  Which would be all those little stores located in strip malls.
 
2013-06-22 11:42:01 PM  

MBZ321: OT, but the 'donuts' they sell at DD are nasty. They come in frozen by truck every day, but always taste stale to me. There is a local place, and even the supermarket donuts are so much better.

\Only go to DD for the occasional coffee and breakfast sandwich.


Unless you're buying them from some kind of satellite location they're made fresh from scratch every day right there in the store.
 
2013-06-23 12:56:26 AM  

ReapTheChaos: MBZ321: OT, but the 'donuts' they sell at DD are nasty. They come in frozen by truck every day, but always taste stale to me. There is a local place, and even the supermarket donuts are so much better.

\Only go to DD for the occasional coffee and breakfast sandwich.

Unless you're buying them from some kind of satellite location they're made fresh from scratch every day right there in the store.


I don't know any of the particulars, but when I worked for a car parts delivery store out here in the boonies, my boss sent me to Dunkin' to get a couple dozen for the best customers. I get there and find out they didn't have enough of any of the basic types (chocolate, sugar, etc) for me to do that and really didn't have that many left over all - this was at like 9 am. They 'couldn't' make more because they do the truck-in, and I was told next time call the day before.

Needless to say, Wegmans got the money and repeat business, because their bakery is right there in the store.
 
2013-06-23 01:45:25 AM  

Felgraf: I LIKE BEER

IT MAKES ME A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW
 
2013-06-23 02:21:54 AM  
Pssst. Hey, man.. C'mere. Wanna' a good price on used doughnut?
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2013-06-23 04:17:08 AM  
I remember reading several years ago something about how Dunkin' Donuts had developed a new process that allowed them to ship donuts frozen and reheat them at the store. If this weren't bad enough, America's consumer-unfriendly regulatory system then allowed them to call these re-heated abominations "freshly baked." I have no idea if this is still the case, since Google will not reveal to me any reliable information on how Dunkin' does business--all I find are corporate sites, public relations flackery ("CNN sits down with DD's head Donut Tester!") and wikis (I don't trust crowdsourcing when large corporations are involved--too many paid flunkies spoil the broth). At 4 a.m. I have no interest in investigating further.
 
2013-06-23 04:19:16 AM  
"Freshly made," not "freshly baked." Even I should know that doughnuts are fried, not baked. Sheesh.
 
2013-06-23 06:42:48 AM  

Cornelius Dribble: I remember reading several years ago something about how Dunkin' Donuts had developed a new process that allowed them to ship donuts frozen and reheat them at the store. If this weren't bad enough, America's consumer-unfriendly regulatory system then allowed them to call these re-heated abominations "freshly baked." I have no idea if this is still the case, since Google will not reveal to me any reliable information on how Dunkin' does business--all I find are corporate sites, public relations flackery ("CNN sits down with DD's head Donut Tester!") and wikis (I don't trust crowdsourcing when large corporations are involved--too many paid flunkies spoil the broth). At 4 a.m. I have no interest in investigating further.


Trucking them in ready for sale leaves them stale and tasteless.  Reheating them briefly in a real oven would probably result in a far better tasting donut than just trucking them in. It works for french bread. (No, microwaves don't cut it.)
 
2013-06-23 09:41:42 AM  

notmtwain: Cornelius Dribble: I remember reading several years ago something about how Dunkin' Donuts had developed a new process that allowed them to ship donuts frozen and reheat them at the store. If this weren't bad enough, America's consumer-unfriendly regulatory system then allowed them to call these re-heated abominations "freshly baked." I have no idea if this is still the case, since Google will not reveal to me any reliable information on how Dunkin' does business--all I find are corporate sites, public relations flackery ("CNN sits down with DD's head Donut Tester!") and wikis (I don't trust crowdsourcing when large corporations are involved--too many paid flunkies spoil the broth). At 4 a.m. I have no interest in investigating further.

Trucking them in ready for sale leaves them stale and tasteless.  Reheating them briefly in a real oven would probably result in a far better tasting donut than just trucking them in. It works for french bread. (No, microwaves don't cut it.)


The ones I have tried in my area I am pretty sure do the truck-in thing.  Their donuts are not very good.  I will take donuts from any of the major grocery store chains over theirs.  And I will take donuts from the local mom and pop bakery over those.

/Support your local donut shop.
//starting to sound fat
 
2013-06-23 10:39:58 AM  

Felgraf: If they can actually make a gluten free donut that doesn't taste like ass, I am certain my mother shall be overjoyed, what with the Celiac's and all.

(God I really hope I don't develop it late in life like she did. I LIKE BEER.)


From my wife's side of the family:  MIL diagnosed at ~75; wife @ 50, son @ 28, grandson @3.
 
2013-06-23 12:23:02 PM  

sendtodave: More likely they're made the previous night at another location, and then trucked in that morning.  And then have been sitting until you order one.

Which is why they taste stale.  Because they are.


They got rid of the interesting flavors of donuts years ago to make room for mediocre bagels and muffins. I wonder what they'll get rid of to make room for the gluten-free donuts.
 
2013-06-23 12:43:10 PM  
Had an employee who claimed to have Celiac disease when I managed a Bakery.
Nothing but King Authur flour in the air all day long.
I put her on the same shift and the guy with Dia beetus.
 
2013-06-23 12:45:54 PM  
And since this is on the Business tab, I should mention, if you stock is based on your ability to sell fried dough to obese denzions, perhaps it's not a good marketing move to kowtow to a bunch of defective genetics.

I'ts like a casket company donating to a cure for cancer.
 
2013-06-23 01:05:10 PM  

Cymbal: Tarl3k: selling idiots things they dont need has always been a profitable business model...

/97-99% of people who have gone gluten free are doing it because they are sheep...

My sister-in-law just went gluten free to try and lose weight. Fat cow gained 30 lbs since January.


She would have gained 130 if she wasn't gluten free. This is what she will tell you.
 
2013-06-23 08:35:25 PM  
Are there really that many people with a Gluten intolerance that would make it worth it to offer gluten free donuts?

I read that Doctor at LSU said that the reason why it seems everyone is having a reaction to wheat is because the wheat of today isn't the wheat of 40 years ago.  It's a hybrid that's significantly more addictive and allergic.

I hear people all the time that go over to Europe with Soy, Corn, Wheat intolerances and can eat all the above with no problem, but when they get back to the USA their allergies kick back in.
 
2013-06-23 10:24:13 PM  
DD isn't the best, but overpriced? Whaaaaat?
 
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