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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Changing Its Name, And We Are Shook!

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By Cooking Panda

Cher. Adele. Wilson.

And now, Dunkin’.

That’s right, folks: After expanding to the West Coast, the giant donut chain is changing things up and becoming a legend by removing half of their name, at least at one location.

A shop that the company is opening later in August in Pasadena, California, will simply be known as Dunkin’, because, hey, why not?

“We collaborated with the franchisee to come up with the location’s signage, which is unique to the Pasadena restaurant and reflects our franchisee’s desire to reinforce Dunkin’s beverage-led focus,” the company said in a statement to The Pasadena Star News.

Is this part of a nationwide trend? It is unclear.

“The signage at our Pasadena restaurant is unique to this specific location,” said Coby Sonenshine, the spokesperson for parent company Prell Restaurant Group.

But the plot thickens. Several more Dunkin’ stores will be opening soon, and Dunkin’ Brands, the owner of Dunkin’ Donuts, said that they are looking to emphasize in their marketing that they are a “beverage-led brand and coffee leader,” according to CNN Money.

Their coffee drinks are indeed wildly popular, so it’s not completely absurd for them to want to focus on that side of things, is it?

“This test coincides with our company’s plans to develop a new restaurant image,” Dunkin’ Brands said in a statement regarding getting rid of the “Donuts” part of their label. “We do not anticipate making decisions regarding our branding until the latter half of 2018 when we begin rolling out our new store image.”

The company’s stock is at an all-time high, and they have plans to open between 380 and 450 additional locations in 2017, so they are doing pretty well for themselves.

Plus, if they decide to go with this change, they can keep “America Runs on Dunkin'” as their motto.

Sources: The Pasadena Star News, CNN Money / Featured Image: Krista/Flickr

Tags: Dunkin', Dunkin' Donuts, Dunkin' Donuts adding new stores, Dunkin' name change, name change
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Giving Out FREE Frozen Coffee!

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By Cooking Panda

Dunkin’ Donuts wants to get back together.

You see, back in March 2017, it was going through some personal changes, and during that tumultuous and sensitive time, the chain decided to pull its popular Coffee Coolatta drink from its menu.

Needless to say, feelings were hurt; fights were had. Fans expressed their disappointment in Dunkin’ Donuts.

But the coffee chain had to go its own way.

Now, after some time spent working on itself, Dunkin’ Donuts has emerged from the metaphorical ashes with a new and improved frozen drink to try to win back the allegiance of the customers it upset.

The Frozen Coffee is just like the old Coffee Coolatta, but with a stronger coffee flavor. You can also jazz it up by adding any unsweetened flavor shot that tempts you (such as the french vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, toasted almond, coconut, blueberry or raspberry syrup), or any sweetened flavor swirl (I’m talking caramel, french vanilla, hazelnut and mocha).

If that doesn’t tempt you, Dunkin’ Donuts has another trick up its sleeve to get your attention: It’s giving the new Frozen Coffee beverage away for free on May 19.

If you drop in at a participating Dunkin’ Donuts location between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you’re eligible to taste a free sample of the new caffeinated drink.

So what do you say? Are you ready to be wooed by DD?

Source: Dunkin' Donuts / Photo Credit: Amy/Flickr, Dunkin' Donuts

Tags: coffee coolatta, coffee promotion, Dunkin' Donuts, free drink, frozen coffee
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Dunkin’ Donuts’ New Punch Is Actually An Energy Drink (Photos)

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Dunkin’ Donuts is now selling an energy drink, so if you don’t like coffee, you can always give this Monster Coolatta a taste.

The blue drink is a mixture of Blue Raspberry or Strawberry Coolatta (whichever you choose) and a whole can of Monster, according to Delish. It’s served over ice, not blended like a Coolatta normally would be.

The drink is called the Dunkin’ Energy Punch. It’s a good idea for a refreshing new way to gather your energy in the afternoon when the days are hot and you’re not feeling coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts reports that the inspiration behind this idea came from everywhere, but that the Dunkin’ Energy Punch was created by a couple of Dunkin’ franchises specifically in New Hampshire.

The drink has reached the menu of thousands of Dunkin’ Donuts locations in New England, Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida. It’s in test mode currently, so DD asks that you take to social media to let them know if you’d like to see the drink available at locations nationwide. If you need a little help making up your mind, just check out how cool it looks …

#energypunch #dunkindonuts #caffeine #geek ed #fuel #liquidinspiration

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The real question is why wouldn’t we want these at all locations?

Sources: Delish, Dunkin' Donuts / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts

Tags: Coolatta, Dunkin' Donuts, Energy Drink, Energy Punch, Monster
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Oreos And Dunkin’ Donuts To Release New Mocha Oreos (Photo)

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If you keep current with Oreo-updates in the slightest, then you may have already realized that no matter how hard you try, you’ll probably never be able to catch up and taste all of the flavors before the company pumps out a new one to taste. 

It seems like every day Oreos releases a new variety for fans to sample, and today is no different, because the Instagram user Junk Banter revealed on April 14 that Oreos has teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts to release … Mocha Oreos!

Did anybody else’s mouth just start watering? Wait: I already know they did, because as of April 17, more than 9,000 users have liked the photo of the soon-to-be-released Oreos; additionally, the post has racked up more than 420 (har dee har) comments.

“Wake up and smell some new Oreos!!” the Instagram post reads. “Fun fact that this isn’t the first Coffee Oreo. If you have an Oreo fetish like I do, you might remember Double Delight ‘Coffee & Creme’ Oreos from way back yonder.”

Coffee & Creme? Suddenly I find myself wishing for an Oreo Renaissance; I want to taste test all of the flavors that have since been retired! Does Oreos have a flavor graveyard, like ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s does? Hmm….

Anyway, the Instagram post also suggests that these coffee-chocolate-caffeine-flavored cookies will likely be released in July 2017 for a limited time, so that means you don’t have long to wait to give them a try.

Going by the photo on the package, the iced mocha really makes this flavor look summer appropriate. It also appears to be suggesting the new coffee-inspired Oreos will feature the brand’s classic chocolate wafer cookies with some sort of Dunkin’ Donuts mocha-flavored creme filling. Drool.

What do you think? Are you excited to get your hands on these new Oreos?

Source: Junk Banter/Instagram / Photo Credit: Junk Banter/Instagram

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, limited edition, mocha oreos, Oreos, summer flavor
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Dunkin’ Donuts Spring Menu Looks Delightful

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By Cooking Panda

The changing of the seasons doesn’t only bring warmer weather. It also brings new menus, and spring menus are always something to get excited about. Dunkin’ Donuts’ spring menu is no exception.

Delish reports that the new Dunkin’ menu will consist of a new coconut cream pie flavored coffee as well as butter pecan. I’m drooling already. Either of these springy new flavors will be available as a hot coffee drink, iced coffee drink, latte or macchiato style. Likewise, the traditionally winter-oriented beverages are getting a spring facelift and being offered as cold drinks now as well. These include the hot chocolate, Dunkaccino, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Mint Hot Chocolate.

If a smooth coffee taste without all that added flavoring is more your thing, don’t worry. There’s something for you, too. Dunkin’ will be offering its famous coffee in a frozen form, for those of us who want in on the spring and summer action without partaking in the coconut cream, praline, mocha, mint or any other flavors that might take away from the rich taste of coffee all on its own. That drink, however, won’t be debuting until summer, so you’ll have to settle for the hot or iced stuff for now.

If you’re more into tea than you are into coffee, you’ll be thrilled to know that Dunkin’ is also offering a new line of fruity teas and a new Coolatta. The teas are either black or green and come in pineapple mango or blackberry flavors. They are brewed fresh, then mixed with a little fruit juice and some actual fruit for a nice refreshment during the (upcoming) spring and summer heat.

The Coolatta flavor is pink lemonade, the staple flavor of summer. Need I say more?

The last new drink is called the Dunkin’ Energy Punch, which consists of Monster Energy and a Coolatta mix, using either the blue raspberry or strawberry Dunking Coolatta flavors.

As for the food (we can’t forget that!), there are two new donuts hitting menus, and one new breakfast sandwich. The Peanut Butter Delight Croissant Donut is filled with peanut butter creme, and topped with a drizzle of chocolate icing. The Chocolate Pretzel Donut is made with a chocolate cake donut and topped with crushed pretzel and a caramel drizzle.

Finally, there’s a Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich that should be calling your name. The sandwich that comes with this new croissant-pretzel mix has bacon, white cheddar and egg. The perfect breakfast when combined with a Butter Pecan Iced Coffee. Yum.

Sources: Delish, Foodbeast / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts via Delish

Tags: Coolatta, Dunkin Coffee, Dunkin' Donuts, Summer Menu
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Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces Brand New Cold Brew Variety

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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

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Your Favorite Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Is Getting Bottled (Photo)

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We’ve got good news for Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee lovers who are also always on the go (we know there are legions of you).

Dunkin’ Donuts must be feeling extra generous given the season (Valentine’s Day is almost upon us), as the popular coffee and donut chain has just announced that its Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee is now available in bottles at thousands of retailers and participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Yum, yum, yum!

DD partnered up with the Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners to make sure that its new bottles drinks would be on the shelves in a whole slew of locations, from your local convenience store to your supermarket, so you’ll never have to travel far to get yourself your favorite icy brew.

As for the four flavors available, you’ll have your pick between Mocha, French Vanilla, Original and Espresso, which pretty much covers all of your bases.

All of the bottled beverages are made with Dunkin’ Donuts signature arabica coffee blends, as well as real milk and sugar. Just keep in mind that they’re not necessarily the most healthful choice you can make if you need a caffeine boost. Each bottle contains a heaping 45 grams of sugar, which means that while they taste great, you might want to enjoy these sparingly, rather than every single day.

What do you think? Are you excited for the new DD bottled Iced Coffee line?

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

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ New Coffee Tastes Like A Brownie

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What’s your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? Mine’s embracing my love of all things chocolate. Dunkin’ Donuts is making the holiday even more exciting with the release of new chocolatey drinks and heart-shaped donuts.

According to Delish, America’s donut chain is now pumping up its lattes with brownie and vanilla cupcake flavorings. Don’t worry if you want the flavor, but not in a latte. You can get it in coffee and macchiatos too! Still yet, you can get them hot or cold, according to your preference.

The brownie flavoring is said to bring a richer, bolder flavor to coffee than the regular chocolate syrup adds. The Delish team says that the taste reminds them of ice cream. Yum!

Aside from new dessert beverages, Dunkin’ is also coming out with some fun new donut varieties for Valentine’s Day. Two types of chocolate-covered heart donuts will debut: one with raspberry filling and drizzled with strawberry icing, and the other with brownie-flavored buttercream filling and topped with chocolate icing and brownie crumbles. I know many would see this as a chocolate overload, but I bet these new treats taste phenomenal with vanilla cupcake iced coffee to wash them down.

Chewboom reports that there is also a fudge-croissant donut, made from a regular glazed croissant donut with fudge filling and white icing on top.

Some of Dunkin’ Donuts’ regular menu items already scream holiday spirit, like the many varieties of pastries (particularly the chocolatey ones), and the specialty drinks, like Oreo Creme-flavored lattes. However, if you’re really looking for limited-edition specials only, then you might like to know that these new donuts and pastry-inspired drinks are only available until Feb. 14, 2017. While I’m sure they’ll probably return next year or the year after, why wait? Whether you have a valentine this year or not, don’t be afraid to treat yourself! The holiday is about love, so you can show your taste buds some love, too. We all deserve it from time to time.

Sources: Delish, Chewboom / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, limited time only, New Donuts, New Lattes, Special Edition, valentines day
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Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Super Cute Christmas Treats

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Dunkin’ Donuts has come out with two very cute new donuts for the holiday season. One is a white reindeer head, and the other is a brown snowman. Wait, what?

Brand Eating reports that Dunkin’ Donuts in Korea has come out with a white reindeer and a brown snowman donut, which is sort of backwards from what we’d expect, right? There’s a story behind it, however. The white reindeer is just a Rudolph (it does have a red nose) on a snowy day, while the brown snowman is a snowman dipped in chocolate. I’m not sure if I’m convinced by this explanation, but they’re still as cute as can be.

The reindeer donut has a strawberry filling, while the chocolate-dipped snowman features a Bavarian cream filling. Although these donuts are only available in Korea thus far, they sound delicious, and look adorable. You’ve got to appreciate a festive donut!

Don’t be too sad that we don’t get them in the States. We do get a few seasonal items, after all. As per a Dunkin’ Donuts press release, we do get to partake in the yum-factor that is a Creme Brulee Macchiato. We also get a Candy Cane Crunch Donut and — my personal favorite — the Boston Kreme Croissant Donut.

“The holiday season represents one of our favorite times as on-the-go people look to our festive beverages and treats to keep on running throughout the busy weeks ahead,” says one Dunkin’ spokesperson. “With our new Creme Brulee coffees, Candy Cane Crunch Donut and Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, we look forward to creating daily moments of joy and bringing smiles to our guests as they celebrate this wonderful time of the year.” See? It’s not all bad.

The Candy Cane Crunch Donut has vanilla flavored buttercream filling, topped with white icing and crushed candy cane pieces; the Boston Kreme Croissant Donut is a glazed croissant donut filled with Bavarian cream and topped with a drizzle of chocolate icing. The Creme Brulee Macchiato is just as it sounds: the taste of creme brulee and caramelized sugar in drink form. Who says we don’t get good stuff in the States?

Sources: Brand Eating, Dunkin' Donuts / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts Korea/Instagram

Tags: Christmas, donuts, Dunkin' Donuts, seasonal
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Here’s How To Get Free Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

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Dunkin’ Donuts is showing an awful lot of holiday spirit this year, and we’re benefitting big time from it!

The newest Dunkin’ deal, according to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog, is free coffee. For one weekday between Dec. 12 and Dec. 23, Dunkin’ will be giving out one free medium hot coffee for the first 500 guests. So how do you score one? If you live in any of the 30 locations listed below, stop in during these dates and find out what day you can get your coffee. Make sure you show up early so you can be in the top 500 guests that day!

As if Dunkin’ hasn’t been festive enough this year, it’s decided to do another great deed. The coffee and donut chain will be making donations to local organizations in each of the locations offering the free coffee. The organization has to be within the same community and has to be aligned with the charity organization Joy in Childhood Foundation.

This foundation works to bring joy to sick and hungry children in the community. Formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, this organization has been around since 2006, and has donated more than $11 million to both national and local charities. The Joy in Childhood Foundation raises money to support partnerships with children’s hospitals, non-profits and other organizations that work to help sick and hungry kids. Dunkin’s donations at these specific locations this year will amount to $1,000 each, money that is unquestionably well spent.

Check the list of locations and find out if your own friendly neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts is participating, and be sure to support the business that does so much good!

Locations

 

Sources: Dunkin' Donuts (2) / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts/Instagram

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Pop-Tarts Just Released Two Latte-Inspired Flavors

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I don’t know about you, but when I really need to get going in the morning — I’m talking a quick and dirty caffeine kick to the heart to jumpstart an otherwise lethargic-looking day — I don’t reach for Pop-Tarts first. I reach for a cup of coffee.

However, in a bid to take their breakfast game to the next, buzz-worthy level, Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts and Dunkin’ Donuts have collaborated and produced two limited edition latte-inspired Pop-Tarts flavors that are sure to get you off your feet and out into the world energized (probably more due to the sugar than the coffee, but whatever): Frosted Chocolate Mocha and Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tarts.

According to Delish, the Frosted Vanilla Latte flavor is creamy and sweet on the inside, but delivers that yummy mocha punch with its coffee-flavored frosting on the outside. It also comes with a latte foam-art-inspired swirl on top for decoration. How stinking cute is that?

If you’re looking for something a little more lush, then the Frosted Chocolate Mocha edition is the way to go, seeing as it’s chock full of decadent chocolate-espresso filling (we’re drooling over here) and then topped off just like at Dunkin’ Donuts — with a double swirl of “whipped-cream” (think Pop-Tart frosting, only cuter and creamier than usual).

What do you think? Will you be snacking on any of these limited edition latte-inspired flavors when they hit shelves in December? They’ll run you about $2.59 for an 8-count box, according to Huffington Post. Sounds like a week’s worth of excuses to eat a pastry for breakfast, if you ask me!

Sources: Delish, Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Lyndsey Matthews via Delish, Pop-Tarts via Huffington Post

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, junk food, kellogg, latte, pop tart
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Dunkin’ Donuts​ Candy Cane Cake And Donut Wall!

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The holiday season is upon us, which means you’re probably looking for fun, easy and delicious party ideas! Well we’ve got you covered with the coolest Candy Cane Cake and Donut Wall! If you’ve never been to a party with a donut wall, prepare to be amazed. And the only way to make sure everyone loves your holiday treats? Make them with Dunkin’ Donuts! Because America runs on Dunkin’!

Candy Cane Crunch Donut Cake

Ingredients

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Candy Cane Crunch Donuts 
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix 
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 12 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Unwrapped candy canes

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix together chocolate cake mix, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, peppermint extract and eggs. Beat until full combined. 
  3. Pour into a greased and floured cake pan and bake 20 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. Level the top of the cake with a bread knife so it’s flat. 
  4. To make frosting, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gently add in white chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar. Beat on low until light and fluffy. Frost cake, making sure to set some frosting aside for donuts. 
  5. Once cake is frosted, begin layering cake with Dunkin’ Donuts Candy Cane Crunch Donuts. Each layer should be about 4 donuts. Alternate the spacing for a fun look. Use frosting to keep donuts together. 
  6. When your donuts have reached your desired height, stick unwrapped candy canes all around the cake. Use more frosting to help them stick to the cake if necessary. Once covered in candy canes, wrap with a red ribbon, serve and enjoy!

Making The Donut Wall

Materials 

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Pegboard 
  • Paint
  • Paint roller 
  • Dowels 
  • Ruler 
  • Pencil 
  • Gloves 
  • Hand saw 
  • Sandpaper

Instructions

  1. Lay the pegboard down on a protected surface. 
  2. Paint and repeat until the color is even. Let dry.
  3. Cut dowels into 4 in long pieces
  4. Sand the dowel ends to get a nice, clean finish.
  5. Insert the dowels into the pegboard and top with donuts. Easy! 
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Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Menu Is Deliciously Sweet

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By Cooking Panda

‘Tis the season, folks!

Dunkin’ Donuts has just released its holiday line-up, and fans of the chain are sure to be delighted as the seasonal treats — both new and old — make their grand reappearances at participating locations through the end of 2016.

Here are a few of the new, delicious items you can try at Dunkin Donuts to get yourself in the festive spirit:

First up are the new Crème Brulée macchiatos, lattes and coffees, which the chain says features the creamy, rich and indulgent taste of crème brulée, only with an additional deep and caramelized sugar finish. 

But who wants to sip on a drink all on its lonesome? Dunkin’ Donuts is also debuting a new Candy Cane Crunch Donut, which looks just as addicting as it sounds. Check it out:

The donut is described in the press release as “a yeast donut with vanilla flavored buttercreme filling, topped with white icing and crushed candy cane pieces.”

If you’re more of a filled-donut kind of person, worry not: Dunkin’ is hooking it up with the new Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, described as ” a glazed croissant donut filled with Bavarian creme and finished with a chocolate icing drizzle.” Check it out:

We’re drooling over here.

“The holiday season represents one of our favorite times as on-the-go people look to our festive beverages and treats to keep on running throughout the busy weeks ahead,” Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation, said in a press release.

“With our new Crème Brulée coffees, Candy Cane Crunch Donut and Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, we look forward to creating daily moments of joy and bringing smiles to our guests as they celebrate this wonderful time of the year.”

Honestly, we don’t need any more convincing. Catch us getting our caffeine-donut fix on at Dunkin Donuts until the promotion ends in early 2017!

Source: Dunkin Donuts / Photo Credit: Dunkin Donuts

Tags: Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, Candy Cane Crunch Donut, Crème Brulée Macchiato, Dunkin' Donuts, holiday menu
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Getting Into The Bottled Coffee Game And Looking To Beat Starbucks

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It has finally been revealed that Dunkin Donuts will be offering bottled coffee-to-go drinks that were, until now, exclusive to the Starbucks brand.

Remember when we told you that Coca-Cola was considering expansion into the bottled coffee market due to drops in soda sales? Well, now we know how they’re planning it. Fortune reports that the soda giant is going to team up with Dunkin’ to go head-to-head with Starbucks, who partners with Pepsi to sell their own drinks.

The new line of cold coffee beverages is set to launch in early 2017, and the Dunkin’ brand will be manufactured, distributed and sold by Coke. They’ll be on shelves at grocery and convenient stores everywhere, much like our beloved Starbucks bottled coffees are now.

The Wall Street Journal reports this as Dunkin’s latest attempt to brand itself as more of a coffee shop than a doughnut shop. Coffee, in all of its forms, already makes up about half of Dunkin’ Donuts’ sales. While Dunkin’ did acknowledge that selling these new bottled coffee drinks in-store might drive down sales for the made to order coffee drinks they already sell, they feel it will stop people from going elsewhere to buy bottled coffee later in the day.

Dunkin’ Chief Executive Nigel Travis said in an interview that the company would like to stop this from happening. If bottled coffee drinks are available to-go, customers might grab them there instead of going somewhere else later.

Coke will make the coffee using Arabica beans and through U.S. milk-making facilities through its Fairlife dairy joint venture.

Dunkin’ has already been working to expand its coffee market for a few years now, releasing packaged coffees and K-cups which, funny enough, sit on grocery store shelves right next to the Starbucks coffee brands. Dunkin’ Donuts believes that by the end of one year of selling bottled coffee, it will have sold 2.4 billion cups, and that’s in addition to the 2 billion it already sells in the coffee shops.

Looks like Starbucks has their work cut out for them in trying to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune / Photo credit: Dunkin' Donuts/Twitter

Tags: Coca-Cola, Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee, Starbucks
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Dunkin’ Donuts Wants You To Drink Pumpkin Coffee That Isn’t Overly Sweet

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Dunkin’ Donuts is trying a pumpkin flavor shot as part of their unsweetened flavor shots line.

As popular as the Starbucks PSL staple is, many find it to be too sweet, with some people even saying they only need one or two a season. Dunkin’ introduced its own Pumpkin Spice Latte a few years back, and it was applauded for being a little less sweet. This year, they’re expanding on this by using no sugar at all.

In case you hadn’t heard, the donut giant has already introduced an array of unsweetened flavor shots for the sugar-conscious coffee lover, including Blueberry, Caramel, Cinnamon, Coconut, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Raspberry and Toasted Almond. According to Dunkin’ Donuts, you can mix and match these flavors to get a delicious drink that’s all your own, and now they’ll be testing a pumpkin option as well.

Trendhunter reports that Dunkin’ Donuts will be testing the new flavor in Baltimore, Providence, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. (hooray, I’ll get to try it!). If all goes well, they’ll consider offering it everywhere else too.

According to Brand Eating, the pumpkin flavor won’t only be offered in an unsweetened flavor shot, but also as a sweetened flavor swirl to be added to frozen drinks as well. I wonder if Starbucks will follow suit and try offering a less sweet version of the drink that it introduced to the market in the first place.

The pumpkin spice latte is so popular that soon it might not be known just as a Starbucks drink, but as a fall drink offered by everyone. I guess this means it’s time for these guys to up their game.

Personally, I’m eager to sit back and let the competitions begin. McDonald’s? Krispy Kreme? Anyone else want to jump in on the fall drink testing? I know McDonald’s has a PSL that was released in August this year, but I’ve also heard that it’s pretty sweet too. It will be nice to see how different chains can perfect the recipe over time.

Sources: Dunkin' Donuts, Trendhunter / Photo credit: Trendhunter

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, Fall Coffee, pumpkin spice
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Are Coffee Coffee Ice Cubes At Your Local Cafe The Next Food Trend?

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By Cooking Panda

Most of us love iced coffee…what’s not to like? It’s the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day and it can also serve as a sweet treat for when you’re craving dessert. The only thing we don’t love about it is the watered down taste it gets when the ice melts.

There’s an obvious solution when we’re making it at home: coffee ice cubes. But, what about when we’re out and about and craving our coffee fix from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? Well, according to Brand Eating, this is being taken into consideration among the coffee-selling brands. For starters, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme have started using not only coffee flavored ice cubes in their cold drinks, but other flavors as well!

So far, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme have implemented the flavored cubes only in South Korea (lucky for them!), but we are hoping it proves enough of a success that we may be able to see it here too. Brand Eating reports that Starbucks has been thinking about the idea since 2008, but doesn’t have stores with freezer units. I sure hope they figure it out. Imagine ordering a pumpkin spice latte (which is back, by the way!) iced with pumpkin spice ice cubes. I mean, it’s still pretty hot out there, right?

Delish reports that the two coffee giants have a couple of flavors in common, like coffee and milk chocolate, and both have a fruit flavor for non-coffee drinkers as well.

Dunkin’ Donuts offers a “cube beverage” line that consists of caramel macchiato with coffee cubes, milk chocolate cubes, and a Red Orange Aid cube drink. Krispy Kreme’s offers include: milk cubes for a caramel macchiato, latte cubes, original coffee cubes, and a sparkling lime flavor for their drink of the same name. After all, not everybody drinks coffee.

Starbucks has yet to catch on, even in South Korea. At least we know the idea is floating around in their heads. I’m sure if it proves to be a success with the competition, they’ll step up their game. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Either way, these are some great homemade ice cube ideas for the meantime.

Sources: Brand Eating, Delish / Photo credits: Dunkin Donuts via Delish, Brand Eating
 

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee, krispy kreme, Starbucks
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This Dunkin’ Donuts Manager Served Customers A Tray Of Donuts – After Dropping Them All Over The Floor (Video)

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While the five-second rule remains widely contested, most people still agree that it is a personal decision. Some people pass invariably; others (ahem… me) find that they are more likely to consume a piece of dropped food if they have been drinking alcohol recently. A third, brave percentage of people will eat the dropped food, consequences be damned (video below).

Even if you are somebody who habitually consumes food that has met the floor (er… I hope not, though), chances are you appreciate the onus of that decision being in your own hands. 

Unfortunately for donut fans in Mendon, Massachusetts, they discovered that their choice was stripped from them when a video posted to Facebook on June 22 showed a Dunkin’ Donuts manager dropping a full tray of freshly baked, glazed donuts on the ground — and then waiting 20 minutes before putting them back on the shelf to be sold.

“Here’s the manager at Dunkin Donuts in Mendon dropping an entire tray of fresh donuts on the disease ridden ground and trying to hide them so she could still serve them!! AND SHE DID SERVE THEM,” reads the introduction to the video.

The former Dunkin’ Donuts employee who posted the video online, Liam Flaherty, claims that he decided to quit in light of this incident, as well as several other health-related qualms he had with the establishment.

“This was brought to the attention of the store owners & management who dismissed it as no big deal,” he wrote. “The conditions of that store are so deplorable I won’t ever eat there again! Ask any former employee. Disgusting.”

Dunkin’ Donuts told WCVB that its fans should rest assured that appropriate measures will be taken in light of the video.

“We are aware of the video and we take matters like this very seriously,” the brand’s statement reads. “The actions seen in the video at a franchised Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant are absolutely inconsistent with our strict food safety standards and requirements.

“According to the franchisee, upon hearing of this incident in November 2015, he investigated the matter and met with the employee to discuss the fact that the donuts should have been immediately disposed of in keeping with our standards,” the statement continues, reports ABC News.

While it’s reassuring to hear that the official Dunkin’ Donuts standards typically prohibit the distribution of dirty-doughnuts, the 130,000+ video views on Facebook suggests that the Mendon location has some serious work to do to re-earn its customers’ trust.

Check out the video below:

Sources: Liam Flaherty/Facebook, WCVB, ABC News / Photo credit: Dunbar Systems

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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Taking Its New Cold Brew Nationwide

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After previously testing cold brew coffee at participating restaurants in Massachusetts and Maine, Dunkin’ Donuts is finally ready to follow in its largest competitor Starbucks’ footsteps and launch its new beverage this summer.

A Dunkin’ Donuts spokeswoman confirmed the launch in an e-mail to The Street, noting that participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets can expect the cold brew to become available as soon as June 27. The cold brew coffee will then launch nationally in the third quarter, Dunkin’ Donuts CFO Paul Carbone said at an investor presentation on June 21.

Given Starbucks’s massive success with its cold brew products, it was only a matter of time before Dunkin’ Donuts manufactured its own version of the summer favorite.

According to Business Insider, cold brew coffee demands a slower steeping process, while allegedly yielding richer flavors from the coffee beans and discarding more acidic compounds. The result? A smoother, less-acidic and less-bitter tasting drink.

The coffee will be hand-crafted on location in small batches, and served in stores every day while supplies lasts.

Dunkin’ Donuts senior vice president of brand marketing, global consumer insights and product innovation explained cold brew. “Cold Brew coffee’s ultra-smooth and naturally sweet flavor profile lends itself to being enjoyed black, but is customizable based on guest preference,” Chris Fuqua said in a statement, reports Boston.com. 

“We’re the leader of iced coffee around the world,” Fuqua told Business Insider. “We sell more iced coffee than anybody, but we also realize that we need to keep up with trends. Cold brew is one of those trends that doesn’t appear to be going away.

“The really neat thing about Dunkin’ Donuts is you can see a Fortune 500 CEO, a student, a construction worker, and a teacher in line all at the same time,” he says. “As coffee evolves, we definitely play a role in bringing great, fairly-priced coffee beverages to the core consumer in America.”

“Coffee culture in the country is getting a little bit more sophisticated by the day,” Fuqua concluded. “Customers really understand what craft coffee beverages are, and understand the cold brew is something that they should expect from a coffee place.”

Sources: The Street, Boston.comBusiness Insider / Photo credit: dunkindonuts/Instagram

Tags: cold brew, Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee
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