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Are all Dunkin Donut stores kosher? Or must they have a hechsher?

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  1. There are only a few around the country that are completely kosher. One such location is in Chicago, which happens to be the very first kosher Dunkin donuts in the world, getting their hashgacha from the cRc over 25 years ago!
    There are many items and procedures at an average Dunkin Donuts that present kashrus problems. Having meat at most of them only complicates matters, but even without meat, there could still be problems.

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    1. re: chicago maven

      I is my understanding that the reason the Kosher Dunkin Donuts in New Haven, CT lost its hecksher (this goes back some time) was not from the ingredients in the donuts etc, but that as part of the cooking process they lined the oven, or other cooking surface with lard, or some other cooking agent that was not kosher.

      1. re: chicago maven

        Are you sure that Chicago is the first. The one in the Five Towns (Lawrence NY) has a Hechsher for about 30 years. I can't go to JFK on my way home to Israel without picking up 2 dozen

        1. re: sja

          No doubt that the Chicago location was the first entire Dunkin Donuts store to be certified kosher. It has actually been around 29 or 30 years now. Whoever it was, it has certainly made a difference in their business.

      2. As I understand it they must have a hechsher to get any prepared food there - in some area you can get the doughnuts because they are made at a central facility and the facility is under supervision so you will need to check -

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        1. re: weinstein5

          i believe all donut dough (pre baked) is kosher certified. That is why they have a uniform taste whether you buy them in NY or PA. However, since they bake other items such as items with bacon etc in their ovens, a actual store needs certification.

          1. re: koshergourmetmart

            Actually, some stores, especially some of the older ones, make their donuts from scratch with a dry mix while others stores buy them pre-made. As you said, while they may be under hashgacha, they are all bake-off, which means they need to be finished cooking in an oven or fryer. One would then need to be sure that the oven and/or is not used for anything that is not kosher. The same is true with bagels at all Dunkin Donut stores.

            1. re: koshergourmetmart

              the mix for most of the donuts is kosher, like a duncan heins cake mix is kosher, but it has to be baked in a kosher store. In some large cities (like here in NY) there are central dunkin donuts baking facilities that some shops use and a fraction of those are kosher, but mostly its the stores with the kosher supervision that get the donuts from there. its a tricky situation and there is pretty much no way around needing to get the donuts from a kosher supervised location.

          2. only select dunkin donuts stores are certified kosher. there is one on 34th street in manhattan (near stern college) that is kosher, and one on avenue j in brooklyn. i'm sure there are more, as well.

            1. The Dunkin Donuts on Ten and Greenfield in Oak Park Mi is kosher. it's about a half mile from a 7 11 that sell Kosher slurpies.