Review: Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts

When The Nosh Show guys and I discussed the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts back in one of our early episodes, I mentioned how I wasn’t interested in trying it if it ever made the nationwide roster.  From a personal standpoint I just believe the concept of a glazed donut used to sandwich bacon and egg is one of those, “we’ll do it because we can and it’s got some shock value to it” type of ideas from Dunkin’.  From the perspective of GrubGrade reviews, this item makes for a perfect candidate to get some attention… so here we are.Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich 1The Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts is described like this:

We’ve gone and changed breakfast forever. Again. Bite into this smorgasbord of bacon slices and pepper fried egg, sandwiched by a Glazed Donut.

Doubled with the fact that today happens to be National Doughnut (or Donut) Day and I was able to score a free Key Lime donut with my coffee purchase, the gluttony continued with the $3.29 purchase of the infamous Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich.  It’s just one of those throwaway days where I’m starting out in a shameful way and sinking down to a new low and consuming something that will have you believing I’ve reached rock bottom.  But wait, this sandwich really wasn’t too bad.  First impression of the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich is that $3.29 is too pricy.  The light and airy glazed donut doesn’t have much of a substantial weight to get this into the category of “hearty”.  It was a quick five or six bites and the evidence was gone.  I wouldn’t know how to possibly make this sandwich any more of a filling menu item, so the three ingredients are just enough.Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich 2Most all good breakfast sandwiches  for me utilize a sharp cheese to balance the breakfast-y flavors all out, but thankfully the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich has no cheese.  The idea of this sandwich was already slightly cringe-worthy for me so cheese would’ve put it over the top.  The sugary glazed donut dominated the flavor for me with its familiar sweetness while the abundant salty bacon brought out the much needed contrast.  Like dipping salty French fries in your Wendy’s Frosty, the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich succeeded in the sweet/salty area that most people are drawn to.  The problem with the sandwich comes from the direction the egg takes with the taste.  Slapping a heap of crispy bacon in between a glazed donut seems to be a better flavor construction to me and the egg kind of just got in the way of their harmony.  I guess without the egg we wouldn’t necessarily have a true breakfast sandwich, so I understand why it’s there.Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich 3The overall sandwich is an expectedly sticky endeavor, so the paper its wrapped in is put to good use for grubbing on the go.  The donut is delicate, yet not too different from something like a croissant so it’s held together just fine.  Nutrition-wise, while the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich is far from being eligible for the DDSmart menu, it still was a little surprising to see its only 360 calories.  Usually when we see crazy fast food products that make mainstream news headlines, the product is passing the 1000 calorie mark.  This breakfast sandwich is still an alarming item to see on the menu board, but it would’ve been funny to see it advertised as an “Under 400 calories” option like I’ve seen on other products.  That said, you’ve still got 8 grams of saturated fat and 13 grams of sugar to deal with so it’s obviously not health food.Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich 4I still see this product as strictly a gimmicky attention grab for Dunkin’ Donuts and they’ve succeeded in getting America talking.  In the end, gimmicky or not, the sandwich succeeds in limiting the components, getting the salty/sweet combo involved and actually featuring a donut for once. Putting the idea of a donut sandwich aside, my experience with it wasn’t all that terrible.  This is actually a decent sandwich, albeit one I doubt I’ll be overly tempted to have again.

Pros: Kept it simple with three main ingredients and left out cheese. Salty and sweet combo.

Cons: Not filling and too pricey at $3.29. Pepper-fried egg was the third wheel.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 4.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $3.29

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: http://www.dunkindonuts.com
Nutrition Facts:
360 calories
20 grams of fat
8 grams of saturated fat
50 milligrams of cholesterol
720 milligrams of sodium
13 grams of sugar
13 grams of protein
1 gram of dietary fiber

16 comments on “Review: Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts

  1. Stephen Z. says:

    I just got this today and I agree, donut was sticky and egg seemed unnecessary. I enjoyed it though even though it is pricey for what it is. More of a gimmick than about a good sandwich though. By the way, I have no clue why they are making chicken sandwiches now. I refuse to try anything “non breakfast” from DD.

  2. alek says:

    That looks good! It is amazing how DD pulls the donut sandwich to 360 calories compared to other donut sandwiches which is about 900 calories.

    I wanna try that if they release a coupon then I will try the sandwich.

  3. Mike says:

    You should have asked for cheese on it. A breakfast sandwich always contains egg, bacon/sausage, and cheese. As far as I’m concerned, this review may as well read “To be continued….”

    • Bj says:

      He ordered as it was advertised. As far as I’m concerned, this comment reads, I’m dumb, I’m dumb, I’m dumb.

      • Mike says:

        How is it dumb to order something with a common (and probably more enjoyable) configuration of ingredients? If I had some weird policy about ordering things exactly as they were advertised, there would be a lot of menu items I would not enjoy. It is never dumb to attempt to get the most out of an experience when you have many options available.

        • Steven says:

          For a review of a advertised product from a chain it would be. People want to know what the item as advertised is like, not an item somebody else customized is like.

          • Mike says:

            Oh, I’m sorry. I thought this was a site that was supposed to be useful to people who order items WITH the aid of basic common sense. Obviously, if a chain offers you options and your additions do not result in a completely different product, the review is not only still representative of what has been advertised but may well be representative of what many consumers would be eating. Everyone and their mother is going to add cheese to this. If I ordered the most bare-bones version of almost any sandwich, it would suck; that’s why no one does that.

          • MP says:

            Mike:”was supposed to be useful to people who order items WITH the aid of basic common sense.”
            What? That’s YOUR opinion. The point was to review the product “as is” – not to what the reviewer wanted it to be. If somebody was writing a review on a Big Mac you wouldn’t get it with bacon just because it’s an option – millions love bacon but then it’s not an authentic Big Mac.
            I don’t see how adding cheese to a new product is useful to people when it doesn’t originally come with cheese.

    • Bubbsy says:

      “A breakfast sandwich always contains egg, bacon/sausage, and cheese.”

      No, it doesn’t. That’s just stupid.

      And reading your added comments below, it’s clear you are not really in touch with people in general, and have trouble being accepting and tolerant of others.

      • Mike says:

        This isn’t a matter of opinion or some judgment of who I am based on scant details. Look on any fast-food menu. You’re on the internet. It’s really easy. The standard breakfast sandwich always contains egg, cheese, and a choice of bacon or sausage.

        • MP says:

          And this breakfast sandwich from Dunkin Donuts doesn’t have cheese on it. My guess is they omitted the cheese to keep the calories down.

  4. Tyler says:

    Had it this morning with sausage substituted and my girlfriend had it with bacon. It was simply delish both ways. Although the sausage makes it taste heartier and next time I’ll have to get cheese on it as well. It was good although not filling. Its far less horrible for you than a Mcdouble and who knows how many of those cheap processed poor man delights everybody scarfs down.

  5. Lancaster says:

    What… what is going on with that egg? It looks like an egg white disc with a yolk painted on. How is this even achieved?

    • ahecht says:

      The egg also had a texture more reminiscent of marshmallow than anything that could have come out of a chicken.

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