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Jan 16, 2009 08:33 AM

Dunkin' Donuts-do you really like more than the coffee

As a tea drinker who also loves donuts, I was thinking about most of the folks I know who have moved away from the geographical areas where Dunkin Donuts seem to exist, who terribly miss D&D. I wanted to ask my fellow 'Hounds what you love about D&D.

The only things I love about D&D are that there are a million of them in my location (Central CT) and that they're run well with quick and efficient service. Seriously, in my zipcode there are 4 of them and that doesn't include the D&D that's in my grocery store. Beyond that though I find their donuts to be "meh". I'd eat one in a pinch but I prefer any real bakery donut/confection over Dunkin any day. I also find their muffins to be super sugary but the bagels are ok if I want something savory.

Am I missing something with the donuts or is it my distaste of all things coffee that seems to exlude me from loving Dunkin?


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  1. I would prefer anyone's donuts to their coffee. It is the worst; might as well drink warm water. As for their donuts, when I has a kid back in the 50's, there was absolutely nothing better than their donuts. I don't know if they are still as good as back then, but if they are, they would be high on my list.

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    1. re: bnemes3343

      I agree, I think their coffee is awful and don't get the draw. We simply do not HAVE a "local bakery" that you can stop at and pick up something like dougnuts or pastries anywhere near where I live or work. There are a couple of smaller doughnut chains and I've tried their dougnuts and do not like them at all. I think DD's are very good still, but really the basic glazed is my favorite.

      1. re: rockandroller1

        We were always served the coffee so hot that a side of ice was needed, and it wasn't that good.

        In HS, we ate a lot of their munchkins, particularly in 7th period AP American History. Not the best doughnuts, by any stretch, but they're fine as munchkins every few years or so. Nearby, Terhune makes cider doughnuts, and in Oakland there was a 24 hour place which had the best maple longjohns stuffed with custard (not fluff). Yum.

      2. re: bnemes3343

        Get the iced coffee. It's glorious. Good price too, 2 bucks for a 32 ounce.

        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          I'm not a fan of iced coffee. 99% of it is sweetened and I hate sweet coffee. In the summer sometimes I'll pour some of my leftover coffee over ice and drink it that way but I don't see the appeal.

          1. re: rockandroller1

            The iced at Dunkin Donuts (and McDonalds) is quite good and served any way you like -- with or without sweetener/milk/cream. I get it frequently (just a splash of half & half) summer or winter.

            1. re: rockandroller1

              rock, in New England, where DD is from, regular iced coffee is never sweetened unless you sweeten it. DD has great iced coffee, as does another chain, Au Bon Pain.

              having said that, let me warn everyone away from DD's flavored iced coffee. Just horrific.

            2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              I can live with their ice coffee, not that bad. But I guess I need to move to Phoenix, because a 32 oz in the New York/New Jersey area is way more than $2

          2. The hot coffee is a terrible mess but I do love the iced coffee. The donuts are good when they're fresh, but what isn't? For most people I feel that it is popular because they're everywhere in the Northeast and a sense of "local pride". Now that I've moved away from the East I don't miss D&D but I'm sure I'll stop at one next time I'm there.

            1. I'm a fan of their iced coffee. Their coffee is pretty decent, when you get it fresh. My DD weakness are the hash browns. So good......

              1. I live in Canada, so I maybe get there once a year...but I always stop for a bagel and their smoked salmon cream cheese.....I think they have a sour cream and onion bagel?

                I also have one of their mugs and love it :)

                1. Apple fritters in a pinch. throw them in the microwave for a few seconds. If you don't like grease, then these are not for you. Ooey, chewy, greasy, sweet, goodness. Once or twice a year, I'll get them for a desert. Almost perfection.

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                  1. re: gordeaux

                    I don't understand. If their hot coffee is bad, how is the iced so good? I have never cared for their coffee (hot) as it tastes watery and weak. I would think that would be even more so with the iced as the ice would melt and dilute it even more.

                    1. re: bostonhound

                      This is what I don't get either. I can't stand their hot coffee, how could the iced be any different or better?

                      1. re: rockandroller1

                        This is confusing to me too. Maybe there are some places where the average coffee served is so bad that DD coffee (scalding or iced) is comparatively good? Or marketing's power of suggestion has convinced people that it must be so?

                        1. re: Caralien

                          Dunkin Donuts are mostly, if not all, franchises; and accordingly, quality can vary from store to store. There are some DD outlets in my area where I won't go, and one or two that I frequent because they make decent coffee most of the time. At the place where I'm a Saturday morning semi-regular, I've seen my waitperson look at the coffee they were going to serve me, pitch it, and give me stuff from a brewing or fresher pot. That's one reason I go back to that place. I think, as with most things, there are good and not-so-good DD franchisees, and that can make a huge difference in one's experience.

                          1. re: Caralien

                            Yes, of course. Every decision I make is based on marketing. I have no independent ability to discern taste.

                            Dunkin Donuts has very good iced coffee. It may not be to your liking but that doesn't make it "bad" for the rest of us.

                        2. re: bostonhound

                          Well, for one thing, it's not the same coffee. DD's iced coffee is double strength: they use twice as much coffee per pot for the iced coffee than they use for the hot coffee, to account for the dilution of the ice.

                          I like DD's hot coffee fine, but in the summer, I'm rarely seen more than a few feet from a DD iced coffee, cream no sugar.