Is Dunkin' Donuts Not Using Real Blueberries?

It was a cold December morning in Chicago when Bartosz Grabowski ordered a glazed blueberry donut at a Dunkin' Donuts in the South Loop. But as he eagerly tore the donut from its paper bag and took a bite, the Chicagan realized something was not right.

Bartosz examined his donut more closely and discovered the blueberry donut he had ordered didn't appear to contain blueberries at all. The donut was speckled with tiny blue bits that Bartosz was sure were made of corn syrup and other artificial flavors.

That's what Bartosz told his lawyers, anyway, when he decided to file a class-action lawsuit against Dunkin' Donuts. The case was filed in federal court in early July, and seeks $5 million in damages, restitution, and court fees. Bartosz represents more than 100 Dunkin' Donuts customers in Illinois who also to attest to purchasing blueberry donuts, Munchkins, and crumb cakes at Dunkin' Donuts advertised to contain real berries.

According to the suit, customers were tricked into purchasing the pastries at a premium because they believed they had real blueberries.

"Even when consuming the blueberry products, plaintiff and other consumers cannot easily decipher whether the filling or glazing they are consuming contains actual blueberries because the defendant has formulated and manufactured the products in a manner that masks the absence of such ingredients," says the suit.

Grabowski's attorneys maintain that other fruit pastries at Dunkin' Donuts do have real fruit, and thus, Dunkin Donuts' is "not only capable of formulating and manufacturing the blueberry products to include blueberry, but also was, or should have been, aware that the blueberry products did not contain blueberry and that its representations would deceive unsuspecting consumers." 

Blueberry pastries aren't the only Dunkin' Donut fruit in question. Dunkin' Donuts was recently sued for mislabeling products with ingredients they don't contain to make them more appealing to customers. So far, these 14 Dunkin' Donuts products have been alleged to be mislabeled:

  • Blueberry Butternut Donut

  • Blueberry Cake Donut

  • Blueberry Crumb Cake Donut

  • Glazed Blueberry Munchkin

  • Frosted Maple Crème Donut

  • Glazed Apple Maple Donut

  • Maple Apple Croissant Donut

  • Maple Crème Donut

  • Maple Crème Drizzle Donut

  • Maple Crumb Cake Donut

  • Maple Frosted Coffee Roll

  • Maple Frosted Donut

  • Maple Frosted Sprinkles Donut

  • Maple Vanilla Crème Donut

In April 2017, Dunkin' Donuts reached a settlement over accusations of trying to pass of margarine as real butter. Earlier in the summer, another plaintiff accused the company of mislabeling their "Angus Steak and Egg Sandwich", alleging that the sandwich is made out of low-quality hamburger instead of Angus steak.

What does Dunkin' Donuts have to say about all the blueberry fiasco? So far, there's been no response from the beloved breakfast chain. Dunkin' Donuts has requested that the courts grant them several weeks to reply to allegations of using false blueberries. The first hearing will take place on September 9.

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