I didn’t get it either… until I visited my fiancé’s hometown in Massachusetts and experienced the glazed and sprinkled glory that is Dunkin’ Donuts every single day for breakfast and lunch. And sometimes dinner or an after-dinner snack. I mean, there was literally a Dunkin’ Donuts every other block. Did I gain five pounds on this vacation? Yes. Did I regret a single calorie? Hell no!
I live in California, where unfortunately, Starbucks reigns as Queen Bee of coffee shops. There used to be a Dunkin’ Donuts 20 miles away from my parent’s house, but for some reason, it didn’t fair well in these parts. There’s a location in Camp Pendleton (near Oceanside), but it’s gated off if you’re not affiliated with the military. Luckily, Dunkin’ is coming back in 2015 and probably for good this time.
So, what’s with all the hubbub about this donut shop?! I mean, Dunkin’ has an extremely dedicated, loyal fan base. One comparable with The Beliebers, but much more warranted. Because first of all,
Their coffee is divine.
I’m not trying to hate on Starbucks, because Starbucks definitely serves its purpose when it needs to. But unlike the liquidated crack Starbucks serves, Dunkin’s coffee is smooth and mellow. I dipped into the barista arts right after I graduated college, so I feel like I am kind of an authority figure here: the best kind of coffee should gently jolt you, but not leave you twitching and shaking in your office cube. If you like your coffee flavored, Dunkin’s iced vanilla coffee is amazing. They also regularly offer blueberry and hazelnut as well. If you love Starbucks’ PSL, Dunkin’s is better. Yup. I said it. I fully take responsibility for the hate that will be coming my way for this statement. I don’t care; I firmly stand by my statement. Also, they offer the pumpkin white chocolate latte, which is personally way too sweet for me, but is delicious nonetheless. Dunkin’s version of the mocha is called the Dunkaccino, which is also exceptionally sweet and tasty. Are you a fan of Frappachinos? Dunkin’ Donuts’ version is the frozen coffee Coolatta which is dynamite. My only qualm with Dunkin’s coffee, is that it’s not always consistent. I believe Starbucks is required to dispose of their coffee after an hour or two; depending on the location, some Dunkin’ Donuts won’t exactly follow these rigid rules, so you MIGHT end up with old(ish) coffee.
Their other beverages are DELICIOUS.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, have no fear! Dunkin’ offers many other choices, such as the Coolatta (which comes in flavors such as strawberry, orange, and vanilla). Although I have not tried their vanilla chai, I hear its fantastic- not too spicy, not too watered down. Which is actually a problem I’ve come across in most coffee shops. Either I feel like I’m inhaling a clover or sipping on cinnamon Vitamin Water. If you’re a hot chocolate fan, you would LOVE their original hot chocolate, as well as their salted caramel and mint hot chocolate. If you need something refreshing, Dunkin’ also serves their own iced tea, both sweetened and unsweetened.
The donuts are insane.
I’m super picky when it comes to donuts. I hate when they’re too cake-y or dense, and if the donut is dry then forget about it. Dunkin’ Donuts provides a huge batch of all kinds. Their variety changes every day, but you can pretty much count on glazed, strawberry/vanilla/chocolate frosted, old fashioned, Boston Kreme, glazed chocolate cake, jelly, powdered sugar, cinnamon, sugar raised, and blueberry cake. But there are always specials, such as the Oreo donut filled with Oreo cream, pumpkin pie, apple crumb, caramel spice, coconut guava, maple kreme, PB&J, Boston Scream, and much, much more.
The rest of their pastries are ridiculously good.
My issue with most donut and coffee shops, is if their specialty is either donuts or coffee, they can’t seem to offer other quality pastries too. For instance, Starbucks’ coffee is always reliable (I must admit), but their pastries come in frozen. And they taste like they just thawed. Their bagels taste like grocery store-bought bagels except x5 more expensive. Not cool. The only exception to this are the few donut shops I’ve frequented (like Leucadia’s VG Donut and Baker shop and Yum Yum Donuts) who also provide freshly baked éclairs, cookies, and bagels. However, 90% of these locations, serve generic, kind-of-terrible coffee. ANYWAY. Dunkin Donuts’ bagels, Danishes, croissants, and muffins are fresh and as delicious as any specialized bakery. Except they also serve incredible coffee and donuts. Win-win-win!
I could live off Dunkin’ Donuts sandwiches.
My favorite extremely-bad-for-you-but-I-don’t-care breakfast sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts is the sausage, egg and cheese in a croissant, except I switch the sausage to bacon. It tastes like buttery heaven; the melted cheese, crispy bacon, and perfectly assembled egg in between a sliced, flaky croissant makes any morning a happy one. You can also substitute the croissant for Texas toast, a bagel, or an English muffin. Other winners (in my book) are the chicken salad croissant sandwich, Texas toast grilled cheese, and the turkey, cheddar, bacon sandwich in between two thick, tasty buns.
There are so many other reasons why Dunkin’ Donuts is obsession-worthy. Their stores and logo are pink and orange (one of my favorite color combinations) which is inviting, fun, and friendly.
Most of their locations are open 24/7; can I say Drunkin’ Donuts?! Their coffee and food items are CHEAP too, in comparison to Starbucks, The Coffee Bean,bagel shops, and most independently run cafes. Their restaurants are usually very cozy, warm, and have fireplaces by which customers read, drink, and eat.
Every single DD I have been to has the nicest employees who always wait patiently while I take five years deciding whether I want the Boston Scream or the pumpkin pie donut. Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the very few donut shops that specializes in coffee, donuts, AND sandwiches. Dunkin’ Donuts is a shiny, happy gem in a world of subpar or incomplete. Have I convinced you non-believers? Have I made the rest of you hungry? Well, good.