Fast Food Review: Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut
Remember back in June when I admitted my fear of ordering any donut at Dunkin Donuts other than my all-time favorite Bavarian Kreme? Well, it has taken me the better part of two months, but I finally manned up at dove off the deep end the other morning. The pool was chocolaty and cheap, and there was nothing artisan about it. Long story short, I’d say the results were mixed.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that when I’m in a rush and on the road I’m not looking for a healthy or well balanced breakfast. Actually, I think it’s moments like this which provide us with the greatest excuse to eat pure, unadulterated crap. That being the case, and the fact that I refuse to buy a breakfast sandwich I can make at home, I often opt for the sweeter and deep fried spectrum of the breakfast market.
The problem has been opportunity cost.The Bavarian Kreme donut, mind you, is just too darn tasty. With that puffy pillow of powdered sugar and yeasty, fried doughnut exterior, the thing yields to an amazingly sweet and cheaply pleasuring cream composed of palm oil and corn syrup. Outside of an order of McDonald’s fries it may just be the best thing a single dollar bill can buy you. But there are times, I admit, where I’m tempted to test the waters, and when ordering my requisite in addition to my coffee the other morning, I found myself blurting out an inexplicable “Chocolate Glazed.”
The Chocolate Glazed donut is your standard cake donut with cocoa processed with alkali mixed in. This being the case it’s not the richest chocolate donut out there, but does have a strong cocoa flavor and a stunningly sweet taste. Texturally it was inconsistent though. The glaze didn’t seem to extend into all of the nooks and crannies of the donut, while it had hardened to a point where some had chipped off. I enjoy my glaze on the solid side — but at the same time I want to be able to get my money’s worth. The inside of the donut wasn’t as moist as I would have liked, and it had a dried-out mouthfeel. The interior was somewhat dense, although again, the cocoa flavor was pronounced a very sweet. I finish my donut contented, but left with the feeling that it had been sitting around in the shop for far too long. And this wasn’t a late-night sugar run, mind you, but a 8:30 AM breakfast purchase.
I feel like I would have loved this donut had this particular Dunkin not screwed it up.Unfortunately, screwing donuts (and coffee, for that matter) up seems to be a familiar case of inconsistency with Dunkin locations outside the hotbeds of the Northeast, where regional chains sometimes fail to live up to the brand’s standards. Case in point, the other day when I went into a Dunkin in my area and was told they had “run out” of small cups for their 99 cent iced coffee special. Considering the advertising blitz that Dunkin has made with this promotion I was not expecting to spend $1.99 on a medium iced coffee, and find little inconsistencies like that to test my resolve to frequent the chain. If you have a solid Dunkin franchise in your area I recommend this donut for it’s good cocoa flavor and sweet taste, but be warned: if you’ve experienced donut inconsistency in the past at your local Dunkin, than you might just want to hit up the local bakery.
Pros: Strong cocoa flavor. Only 99 cents. Not a belly buster at 280 calories. Good for dunking.
Cons: Glaze doesn't cover bottom side of the donut. Dried out on the inside. Lacks 'true' cake donut mouthfeel. Good source of saturated fat.
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: .99 cents
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: DunkinDonuts.com
Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut
Calories From Fat: 140
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Trans Fat: 0 g (Fried in shortening containing PHO)
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 400 mg
Total Carbs: 33 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 16 g
Protein: 3 g