Blueberry Dunkin’ Donuts Don’t Count as Real Fruit, Shocking Lawsuit Claims

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Dunkin’ Donuts is allegedly skimping on its fruit ingredients, and at least 100 people in Illinois are not happy about it.

Bartosz Grabowski filed a class-action lawsuit against the donut giant last month, and Consumerist has blessed us with the documents from the filing.

The suit, which seeks $5 million in damages and fees, claims Dunkin’ Donuts’ blueberry donuts do not feature actual blueberries. While the chain’s blueberry muffins do contain their namesake fruit, Dunkin’s blueberry donuts contain “flavor crystals” or “blueberry flavored bits” that allegedly mislead the customer.

Meanwhile, Dunkin’s strawberry and apple donuts have actual fruit.

Grabowski claims he wouldn’t have bought the now-notorious blueberry donut if he knew they contained faux fruit and “suffered injury and lost money” due to Dunkin’s “fraudulent practices.”

The suit explains that blueberry donut options are more expensive than regular glazed donuts.

“Plaintiff is likely to purchase the Blueberry Products in the future if they each were reformulated to include their premium ingredients,” the suit states.

But What About the Antioxidants?

Did you know that, like many real foods, blueberries are good for you? This is my favorite part of the entire lawsuit:

“Blueberries have the potential to limit the development and severity of certain cancers and vascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Research suggests that blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidant phytonutrients.”

Really, everyone? You are chomping into a donut and expect the mere presence of an alleged fruit to save you from a stroke?

If this lawsuit sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been here before. Last fall, a Los Angeles man filed a similar $5 million class-action lawsuit against Krispy Kreme after learning its blueberry donuts really contained “blueberry gumbits.” That case, which also made claims about other fruit-flavored donuts, was voluntarily dismissed.

There’s even another case open against Dunkin’ Donuts in California over these alleged blueberry products.

The American legal system at its best, people.

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder who doesn’t even like actual blueberries.