Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces Brand New Cold Brew Variety

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By Cooking Panda

Good news, cold brew lovers!

On Feb. 27, 2017, popular coffee and donut chain Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it is introducing a brand new type of cold brew to its lineup just in time for spring.

The Sweet & Salted Cold Brew is available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. It features DD’s signature Cold Brew (which was introduced successfully in 2016) sweetened with liquid cane sugar as well as a special, brand spanking new proprietary salted whipped topping.

We are seriously dying to get our hands on this one. DD claims that the drink delivers both saltiness and sweetness in every single sip, which is a classic combo.

And guess what? That’s not all! To go with its brand new coffee, you probably already guessed that the chain is living up to its name and is bringing a new donut to its menu as well.

The Vanilla Truffle Donut is a yeast shell donut that is stuffed with a creamy, rich vanilla-flavored buttercreme, frosted with chocolate icing, and then topped off with both white and dark chocolate curls.

This thing sounds seriously decadent, and is a totally welcome addition to the chain’s March menu!

Lastly, DD is bringing back its Shamrock Sprinkle Donut for the holiday season, which is a yeast ring donut frosted with chocolate icing and then topped with ultra-special shamrock sprinkles. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you can also go with the DD Chocolate Filled Croissant, which is a flaky and buttery croissant (yum!) filled with dark chocolate and served all warm and gooey.

Make sure to stop by a participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant soon, as these goodies are only available for a limited time nationwide.

Source: Dunkin' Donuts / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts

Tags: coffee chain, cold brew, Dunkin' Donuts, sweet & salted cold brew, sweet and salty
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Starbucks Is About To Start Serving Ice Cream

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By Cooking Panda

This news has us seriously craving some summertime weather.

Most people who enjoy Starbucks typically rely on the chain for its different coffee and tea options, or a snack.

Now, however, customers can look forward to a new cool offering from Starbucks: ice cream. More than 100 Starbucks stores across the U.S. are gearing up to begin serving a classic Italian treat known as “affogatos.”

According to Business Insider, the coffee chain’s new Roastery Affogato menu is all slated to launch. Affogatos are created by pouring a steaming hot shot of espresso on top of a scoop of deliciously cold ice cream, resulting in a treat that is luxurious and ultra creamy.

Ten upscale Reserve bar locations in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Boston are all set to begin serving the new Roastery Affogato menus, with options ranging from the $6 Classic Affogato all the way to the $8.50 Cold Brew Malt, which is made with small-lot cold brew, chocolate bitters and classic vanilla ice cream.

Sounds yummy!

If shelling out more than $7 for a caffeine-laden ice cream treat seems a little too pricey, Starbucks has your back: The chain is going to test a somewhat less expensive affogato menu at 100 different traditional Starbucks locations in California.

Our guess is that if those affogatos, which won’t be made with small-lot coffee, turn out to be a hit with customers, the chain might consider rolling out the affogatos nationwide in the future, which has us very excited.

What do you think? Are you eager to try one of Starbucks’ new Italian-American drink-dessert hybrids? Or will you be sticking to your classic order and going to the local ice cream parlor to get your frozen dessert?

Source: Business Insider / Photo Credit: Starbucks Roastery/Instagram

Tags: affogato, coffee, coffee chain, Starbucks, starbucks roastery
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Starbucks Has Decided To Stop Selling Booze

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So … did you know that Starbucks serves booze sometimes as part of its Evenings program?

If your answer is no, join the club — apparently nobody really knew or cared that the popular coffee chain offered this service at more than 400 participating locations nationwide, because after first testing the program in 2010, Starbucks announced it will no longer run any Evenings programs as of Jan. 10, 2017.

The chain had initially planned to expand its Evenings program to at least a quarter of its U.S. stores by the end of the decade, according to the Seattle Times, but clearly the program did not do well enough to keep it around.

Instead of focusing on adult-only beverages, the coffee chain is refocusing its attention on lunchtime offerings, which means customers can anticipate a new slew of fresh and nutritious lunchtime foods to begin launching. Think organic soups, more portable and yummy salads and sandwiches, as well as an expanded selection of those bistro boxes. 

“Our next big opportunity around food is in the lunch daypart,” Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ president and chief operating officer, who will take over from Howard Schultz as CEO in April 2017, told the Seattle Times.

If you’re upset that you missed the opportunity to drink away the night at Starbucks, or if you’re just interested in trying it out now that it’s gone, Starbucks is still planning on integrating beer, wine and spirits into its new high-end Roasteries and Reserve stores. These super-expansive Starbucks locations offer fancy and expensive small-lot Reserve coffee beans that are roasted on site.

For now, the company is planning on opening at least 20 Roasteries world-wide, and six by the end of 2019, so hopefully one of those locations is near you, or you’re willing to travel to get your boozy Starbucks fix.

Sources: Seattle Times / Photo Credit: Starbucks/Instagram

Tags: Booze, coffee chain, evenings program, roasterie, Starbucks
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