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Nov 5, 2013 07:34 PM

Dunkin' Donuts Red Velvet Latte?

I wrote about this on my blog today and am curious to hear peoples' thoughts on this and the red velvet trend. It's growing. I know it really is just chocolate cake with buttermilk and vinegar, but I wish that more companies would go whole hog and find a way to incorporate cream cheese into the flavoring as well.

Has anyone else tried this? It's certainly strange.

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  1. I am totally sick of the red velvet craze. Someone please explain the appeal!

    8 Replies
    1. re: melpy

      To better understand the cultural framework of red velvet, first you need to move into your local trailer park, and make sure you get a doublewide....

      1. re: Tripeler

        That's just it! Many people Who love it don't fit this mold. Mediocre dry chocolate cake typically colored with dye, not my cup of tea.

        As a general rule I try to limit my coal tar consumption as it is proven to be carcinogenic. I made red velvet cheesecake once and was utterly appalled with the amount of coloring necessary.

        1. re: melpy

          I think they were trying to do something different in the holiday theme. They now also have a Red Velvet doughnut that is horribly coloured too, as badly the pumpkin doughnuts. Its different than the peppermint lattes and the eggnog lattes.

          BTW it is possible to make an all natural colored red velvet cake. Here is one recipe that uses beets.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I am aware of the possibility of the natural version. I think a grand total of 5% (and that is high) are actually doing it.

            If I want chocolate, I am going to eat chocolate. I dont' think the buttermilk and vinegar are doing much for the whole concept and I am sure there is no vinegar in DD's coffee.

            1. re: melpy

              Bleh, given how acidic their iced coffee is, maybe there is vinegar in the recipe.

              Dunkin' Donuts is just disgusting all around. I am pregnant and had a freakish donut craving, and a few bites of their French cruller and red velvet munchkins made me remember why Dunkin' Donuts makes me dislike most donuts in the first place. Couple that with meh-to-awful coffee and I am baffled that there are so many stores in the NYC area.

        2. re: Tripeler

          tripeler, i'm afraid i'm gonna have to call a snob alert. you (and apparently others) simply don't understand the true red velvet cake-- and is not from "the trailer park." <ahem>

          back in the '60's (in s.w. florida) my sister used to make a fabulous red velvet cake, and it was rich, dense and moist and did NOT have a cream cheese frosting (which is a more recent invention for the RVC). it had boiled frosting, which gave the cake a beautiful very white and fluffy light touch. it was my dad's favorite cake, and she made it for him every birthday. the prominent flavor was not chocolate.

          i think she did use a whole (½?) bottle of the red coloring. It did look like red velvet, indeed.

          unfortunately, the real cake has been lost in the new incarnations and schlocky knock-offs and iterations.

          1. re: alkapal

            I think the "a whole (½?) bottle of the red coloring" says it all. I am certain there is a black velvet painting in the room along with it. Maybe I should look for the lost real cake version you wrote about...

            1. re: Tripeler

              it is food coloring. food. coloring.

      2. Latte. Milk dominant coffee beverage.

        Hot flavored milk. Sweet, hot flavored milk. Colored red.


        1. All I know is when I saw this headline, I physically shivered in revulsion.

          1. No, and I definitely won't as I like my coffee unadulterated.

            However, I bought a red velvet cake at Costco for my son's birthday yesterday. It was pretty good and I'm not a huge fan. Since the red color is just for show, the overall "success" is based upon the chocolate cake recipe.

            1. I despise red velvet anything and the very idea of a red velvet beverage makes me want to hurl. However, it doesn't surprise me, coming from Dunkin Donuts. Have you seen their Jelly Donut flavored coffee beans? VILE.