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Dunkin’ To Close 450 Stores Permanently Within Speedway Gas Stations

Photo by Joan Oger on Unsplash

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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Cravings Fast Food What's New

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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Health News Now Trending Plant-Based Restaurants What's New

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.

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Fast Food Sweets What's New

Taco Bell’s $1 Churro Donuts Just Beat McDonald’s At Their Own Game

There’s two clear trends shaping up in the world of fast food in 2019. One of those is the rapid growth of plant-based fast food items and the other is value menu donuts for breakfast.

While McDonald’s beat out Dunkin’ on value with their take on the donut giant’s Donut Sticks, Taco Bell just trumped everybody else with their own rendition: $1 Churro Donuts.

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

Now testing in the Kansas City area, these donuts come with a unique ridged exterior and are coated in a cinnamon sugar. They’re a larger take on the half-dozen Donut Fries/Sticks that McDonald’s and Dunkin’ have to offer, but come at a cheaper price: just $1. Currently, six McDonald’s Donut Sticks costs $1.49, while five Dunkin’ Donut Fries comes in at $2.

Considering that Taco Bell is the only chain amongst this trio to have a true dollar or Buck and Under menu, it’s clear they already prioritize value. To beat McDonald’s at the value menu game like Taco Bell just did, though, is something few are able to really pull off.

The Churro Donut right now is just a test, but when Taco Bell brings that nationwide, McDonald’s, Dunkin’, and anyone else that brings donuts to the table better be ready for some fierce competition.

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Drinks Fast Food

7-11 Coffee Is Surprisingly One Of The Strongest In Fast Food

We’ve all had those mornings where we just NEED that last minute cup of coffee while on the road. Not all brews are all created equal, though, so popping into one chain restaurant for a steaming mug of joe may mean you get less wired than if you ordered somewhere else.

Take the below infographic from Sleepopolis, for example. By looking at the caffeine content of different chain restaurant coffees, they were able to figure out which spots will get you the biggest wake-up boost. When it comes to some of the big names, like Dunkin’ and McDonald’s, their coffee just seems to fall short while some surprise names like 7-11 are relatively strong.

At 17.5 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, 7-11 easily trounces some of the biggest names in coffee in terms of strength, including Dunkin’ (15 mg/fl oz), Panera Bread (11.8), and McDonald’s (9.1).

You can view the whole infographic below, with the data related to chain restaurant coffee appearing on the right-hand side.

Photo courtesy of Sleepopolis

Only Caribou, Starbucks, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have more caffeine per fluid ounce than 7-11’s brew, making the ubiquitous convenient store a prime choice if you need to get wired without dishing out a ton of cash.

In comparison, an average cup of coffee has 12 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce. That puts Tim Horton’s and McDonald’s, two of the most ubiquitous coffee spots out there, below average in terms of caffeine content. Why that is, only one can guess.

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Fast Food What's New

Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Chicken Tenders Dipped In WAFFLE BATTER

Fried chicken and waffles is a tried and true combo and a favorite across the United States today. Dunkin’ Donuts has taken that combo and turned it into a new portable snack, Waffle Breaded Chicken Tenders.

waffle breaded chicken tenders

Photo courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts

Fried chicken isn’t a new territory for the donut chain, as they’ve offered up a Chicken Bacon Sandwich and a Snack ‘n Go Wrap featuring it in the past. However, this is a whole new unique item not just for Dunkin’, but for big fast food as well.

The Waffle Breaded Chicken Tenders are coated in a sweet waffle batter before being deep fried, akin to what Popeyes has done with cookie dough and waffle battered tenders in the past. That combination proved to be mouthwatering, so we’re salivating just thinking about what the combination of chicken and waffle batter will be like.

Unfortunately, Dunkin’ currently doesn’t carry maple syrup as a condiment in their restaurants, so if you want to drizzle some over your tenders for an even sweeter combo, you’ll have to do that yourself.

Dunkin’ is launching the Waffle Breaded Chicken Tenders as part of a new Dunkin’ Run menu, where every single item is available all day long for $2 each. Two tenders are included per order, but you can stack on multiple orders if you’d like. The new menu, which is now available at all participating locations, also includes pretzel bites with mustard, ham and cheese roll-ups, a gluten-free fudge brownie, and Dunkin’s hype-worthy Donut Fries.

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Donut Fries Are Heading To All Dunkin’ Donuts Locations Nationwide

Looks like fast food fans will be getting not one, but two fry variations that they’ve been clamoring for this summer. Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries are confirmed to be returning, and Dunkin’ Donuts will also be debuting their donut fries nationwide.

donut fries

Photo courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts

This follows a brief test run of the crispy strips of sweet dough in Boston that happened earlier this year. That trial was “successful,” in the words of a Dunkin’ press release, and has given the chain enough confidence to drop them for a limited-time run.

You’ll be able to get the donut fries starting on July 2nd, where they will come in batches of 5 for $2 each. They’re made with a “croissant-style donut dough” that are tossed in cinnamon sugar after being cooked. Wait, does that mean they’re technically “Cronut Fries?”

Regardless of what you call them, they’re sure to be a fun, on-the-go treat that we can’t wait to dip into some coffee.