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May 28, 2008 12:34 PM

How are Dunkin Donuts made?

Do the franchisees get frozen dough from the big company?

And on a related question, is the "dunkin' " doughnut--the plain doughnut with the knobby handle--still being sold anywhere? Haven't seen that for a long time.

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  1. The Dunkin was one of the Few that needed to be made by hand and not by machine which is why you might have a hard time finding it.

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    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

      Do you mean crullers? I remember that when DD discontinued them it was a big deal.

      1. re: laulauman

        I think Crullers were the other which were made by Hand but the Dunkin Donut was different. I found a Picture online and posted below.

        1. re: laulauman

          I think the original "dunkin' donuts" are what are now called "Old Fashioned," without the "handle." They're still amazing.

          As for how they're made, I'm not sure. The glazed are hexagonal, which leads me to believe they're not hand-shaped, but the dough could be hand-made?

          1. re: amandaqtpie

            Wow! I've never seen that type of donut at DD. I've been going there for over 40 years.

      2. Yes, the dunkins are still available in Jersey and are by far my absolulte favorite. Going to have to grab for afternoon snack now. yum.

        1. The dough is rolled out with a mortar tube and the donuts stamped out by keffiyah wearing Jihadists with the butts of Ak-47s inside crypto fascist mosques run by the Taliban.

          Or the way it used to be when I went to them, bags of dry mix supplied to the franchisees are mixed, rolled cut and fried/baked on site. Smaller locations run as satellites to stores with kitchens and get deliveries once or twice a day.

          1. I live in South Carolina. The local franchise receives frozen doughnuts from out-of-state, and they warm these up in ovens. If you ask store staff, they will at first assert that the doughnuts are made in the store. If you ask if they are deep fried in the store, they usually acknowledge they are not. The staff have told me that the local franchise does put on decorations, sprinkles, etc., probably as these do not freeze or travel well.

            1. I've been popping into my local place the last few weeks, only because of the free medium iced coffee. I tried their new version of "cronuts" but if that's what it is, I can't understand people standing on line in the city to get them, at those private bakeries.

              That said, how can you not take a trip down Memory Lane ;-)

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              1. re: coll

                The cronut at Dunkin is disgusting and overpriced. Two DC area grocers, Shoppers and Safeway, have their own version, 100% better and priced the same as any other donut. A real cronut can be peeled apart, layer by layer, buttery pastry that melts in your mouth, like a croissant. Pretty much concluded Dunkin is good for one thing -- coffee. The imitation butter flavor in their bagels, rolls and biscuits makes me gag. My guess is the ingredient list for a breakfast sandwich would be one full page of small print, unpronounceable compounds.

                1. re: petesomd

                  Thank you for letting the millions of people who seem to like them and find them fairly priced how wrong they are.

                  Or perhaps it's just your opinion?