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Dunkin’ Serves Up Ghost Pepper Donut To Heat Up Halloween

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We’re officially weeks away from Halloween, and I’m honestly basking in the festivities of the spooky holiday. One surprising entry comes from Dunkin’ Donuts, who have taken the feared Ghost Pepper and captured the flavor into a donut. 

Yes, a Ghost Pepper Donut

The new spicy cake features a classic yeast donut ring that’s topped with flavored strawberry icing. It boasts a bold blend of cayenne and ghost pepper and is finished with red sanding sugar to complete its fiery namesake’s aesthetic. 

This marks the brand’s first-ever pepper flavored donut, now available nationwide along with a variety of dressed-up Halloween donuts at participating Dunkin’ locations now until December. 

Can’t remember, but does coffee make spicy foods better or worse? Eh, guess I’ll have to find out for myself. 

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Dunkin’ To Launch Limited Edition Donut-Infused Beer In Collab With Brewery

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A while back, Dunkin’ partnered with Harpoon Brewery to create a line of Dunkin’ Coffee Porter that you can buy in stores. It appears the collaboration was successful because the two have once again come together to craft a new beverage for both beer and donut fans. 

The Dunkin x Harpoon collaboration will be a major donut chain’s first-ever foray into donut-infused beer. 

This month, you can buy Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin (Spiced Latte Ale), Harpoon Dunkin’ Boston Kreme (Creamy Irish Stout), and Harpoon Dunkin’ Jelly Donut (Hazy IPA) as the new trio of donut-infused beers. 

They will also join Harpoon’s Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, which was inspired by Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee. 

While the donut-infused beer isn’t the first of it’s kind, it appears to be the first major attempt by a prolific fast food donut chain.

As someone who loves Boston Kreme Donuts but isn’t big on stouts, I’m genuinely curious about which way I’ll lean when it comes to the Dunkin’ Boston Kreme. You can find the donut beers anywhere Harpoon is sold.

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Dunkin’ Adds Maple Snackin’ Bacon And Stuffed Bagels

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Last year, Dunkin’ launched a bold new breakfast concept with bacon lovers foaming at the mouth: hand held Snackin’ Bacon. Essentially, crispy strips of peppered bacon were served a la carte utterly independent of a sandwich vessel. 

Dunkin’ has released a massive new menu of offerings ahead of their fall breakfast line up. 

Some highlights of the new Satisfying Snackin’ Selection include a new variation of Snackin’ Bacon boasting a sweet and savory maple flavor. Also, joining the chain’s menu will be creamed cheese-filled Stuffed Bagel Minis and Steak & Cheese Rollups

Dunkin’ has also beefed up its fall favorites beverage menu to include some new seasonal offers such as a new Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chai Latte

Sounds like a visit to Dunkin’ is definitely happening in the not too distant future. You can find these breakfast items now at participating Dunkin’ locations nationwide. Man, I could honestly go for some Snackin’ Bacon right now. 

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Drinks Fast Food Plant-Based

Dunkin’ Beats Starbucks In Race To Launch Oatmilk Nationwide

Over the past few years, oatmilk has emerged as one of the top-tier vegan milk alternatives. Renowned for its texture and sweetness, brands like Oatly! have taken off and spread like wildfire across the nation.

As oatmilk’s hype is continuing to grow, many fast food chains are starting to incorporate it into their drinks, including Dunkin’ and Starbucks. Both began testing the plant-based alternative earlier this year, but it was Dunkin’ who beat out Starbucks to launching oatmilk drinks nationwide.

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Dunkin’ has teamed up with Planet Oat, a major oatmilk brand from food conglomerate HP Hood LLC, to make their nationwide launch happen. Starting today, customers can select oatmilk in place of almondmilk, milk, or cream as a creamer for their coffee drinks, including frozen ones. An additional upcharge may apply to that substitution.

An official Oatmilk Latte has also been added to Dunkin’s lineup as part of the launch.

Oatmilk had started to test in California for Dunkin’ in January 2020, at the same time Starbucks began serving up oatmilk drinks at 1,300 stores in the Midwest. Starbucks has yet to release oatmilk nationwide, but has expanded its offering to Canada in the interim.

With Dunkin’ oatmilk beating everyone to the national playground, however, it will only be a matter of time before every major coffee chain has an oatmilk alternative available nationwide.

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Fast Food

Dunkin’ To Close 450 Stores Permanently Within Speedway Gas Stations

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With the launch of both their bubble tea and Boba Tea, Dunkin Donuts have been making some pretty big moves this summer, but one change goes far beyond a refreshing beverage.

Today Food reports that 450 Dunkin’ locations will shut down by the end of this year as a result of the donut and coffee chain ending its deal with Hess Corporation, which owns Speedway gas stations.

This means that the 450 locations set to close will all be ones located within Speedway locations. These spots offer only a limited Dunkin’ menu and are much smaller than the chain’s standalone restaurants.

While they are shutting down their Speedway locations, Dunkin did mention to Today that by doing so, they’ll be in a better position to open new full-service stores in the areas of closure.

Currently, there are more than 8,500 Dunkin’ locations nationwide. The upcoming closuress are planned to be completed by the end of 2020.

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Drinks Fast Food What's New

Dunkin’ Is Testing Boba In Iced Tea And Coffee Forms

Boba and milk tea have become wildly popular across the entire United States. Chains featuring the drink and tapioca balls have popped up at locations just about everywhere, and there’s even creative versions like creme brûlée topped boba that have captivated the country.

In a sign that big brands are really starting to look at the popular beverage topping, Dunkin’ has begun testing a couple of drinks that contain boba on the East Coast.

Dunkin’ boba images courtesy of Dunkin’. Background image taken by Joan Oger // Unsplash

Available now through mid-August, according to Mass Live, two variations are being served: Bubble Iced Coffee, and Bubble Iced Tea. Dunkin’ confirmed to Foodbeast that these are made with brown sugar-flavored syrup, and the boba are brown sugar-flavored as well.

Dunkin’s description of the drinks are as follows: “Dunkin’s signature beverages are sweetened with brown sugar syrup and new brown sugar-flavored bubbles for delicious sweetness you both can sip and chew. Both tasty new beverages are served with a special, extra-wide Bubble paper straw.”

The drinks are part of a larger batch of different beverages being tested across the Northeast. Dunkin’s take on boba is offered at five locations in New York, as well as five locations in Massachusetts. Those locations can be found below:

4 Harding Ave.LudlowMA, 01056
112 N. Genesee St.UticaNY, 13502
1701 Black River Blvd. NRomeNY, 13440
751 Meadow St.ChicopeeMA, 01013
55 Maple St.East LongmeadowMA, 01028
694 Page Blvd.SpringfieldMA, 01104
1155 Erie Blvd., WRomeNY, 13440
81 Oriskany Blvd.WhitesboroNY, 13492
9221 River Rd.MarcyNY, 13403
568 Belmont Ave.SpringfieldMA, 01108

Dunkin’ is not the first major American chain to have sold boba in the US, as Panda Express has had it at their Tea Bar locations for a while now. However, this is the first time a major fast food chain is offering the drinks out of one of their regular locations.

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Dunkin’ Debuts ‘Snackin’ Bacon’ Nationwide

dunkin' snackin' bacon

It was inevitable really… this day has taken too long to get here.  

Finally, thanks to Dunkin’ (is it wrong if I still want to say donuts?), now anyone can order à la carte bacon at all their participating locations nationwide.

This means a tremendous amount of convenience in ordering donuts that traditionally don’t come with bacon and then hitting them with some sweet black pepper bacon just to see if it works (it always works).  Think of the added protein!  

Throw in a few pieces to bulk up your wake up wraps.  Make your own breakfast sammies with à la carte bagel, hash browns, and Snackin’ Bacon.

Imagine, if you will, dunkin’ some bacon in your coffee.  I know it’s daring, it’s unusual, it will likely taint both, but now it’s possible!

If you don’t want to drive-thru you can order bacon via Grubhub. Just bacon, delivered.

An order comes with eight pieces, but be aware, this is not fatback or pork belly, this is snack-sized bacon, served in a sleeve, so it’s cute.

 

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A ‘Beyond Sausage’ Egg and Cheese Is Dunkin’s Latest Addition to Their Revitalized Menu

The plant-based protein takeover continues. 

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. announced this morning that, starting today, July 24th, a breakfast sandwich with Beyond Meat Inc.’s plant-based protein will be available in all of their Manhattan locations.

The new item is a version of the classic sausage, egg, and cheese with a plant-based sausage patty. They throw their hat into the ring of fast food joints using Beyond’s plant-based protein, along with Tim Horton’s, Del Taco, and Carl’s Jr.

It’ll be sold for $4.29, about the running price of a normal breakfast sandwich at Dunkin’. Each franchise can set their own price, but if that’s the price of it in one of the most expensive places to live on Earth then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem when the sandwich goes nationwide. 

When that will actually be is a mystery, though. Dunkin’s representative said that the company plans to bring the sandwich to every location soon, but they’re not sure exactly when. 

The question is, as it is with all plant-based products, does it taste like the real thing? Luckily, fellow Foodbeast Reach Guinto got an early taste.

“I would take it over any other sausage sandwich.” he said. “It tastes exactly like the real deal, except it won’t give me a heart attack.”

If you ask me, that’s about as good as it gets — all the health, none of the heart attack. The meat industry is shaking in its boots.

 

Hopefully, soon all health-conscious Foodbeasts (if I eat plant-based the next morning, it evens out the carne asada fries I had last night, right?) will have a chance to try this plant-based breakfast. Until then, live it up Manhattan.