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.The 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.Most 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.The 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.I 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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: http://www.dunkindonuts.com
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