Review: Pumpkin Donut from Dunkin’ Donuts
All things considered, I have a conflicted relationship with Dunkin’ Donuts.
America, it has been said, runs on Dunkin’. I run on Einstein Bros. It’s just that simple. But when push comes to shove, I would take a donut to a bagel any day, and consider the humble donut the ultimate in fast food value items. So when Dunkin’ Donuts comes around and offers something like a seasonal Pumpkin Donut, it’s game over if I’m anywhere in the area. I am, as you may have already guessed from past reviews, something of a pumpkin addict.
The only problem is that I hate going into Dunkin’ Donuts. Hence, part of my conflicted relationship. Yes, their donuts are cheap (usually just 99 cents) but the donuts at my local grocery store are half that price, and once more, always seem double in size. Likewise, a trip to the Dunkin’ Donuts in my old stomping ground (to where this excursion was made) typically brings about a flurry of the annoying “can I help you” comments to my discerning mind as I scan their donut selection. Yes, you can help me — by not staring at me and tapping your finger on the counter while I tediously contemplate the finer points of cake vs. yeast raise donuts. As any true donut fan will tell you, yeast raised donuts are definitely better than cake donuts, but the fact remains that fast food donut makers remain pitifully behind the curve when creating exotic flavors for yeast donuts, instead choosing to insert their seasonal awesomeness into cake mixtures. The Pumpkin Donut falls into this category.
Cake donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts inevitably come cooled and, some might say, stale. The glaze has long been set, and chipping of said glaze as well as the donut itself becomes an unfortunate byproduct. Such was the case here. Also the case was the extremely vibrant orange hue. It’s the kind of color you’d expect from an orange-skinned space alien who had too much carrot juice, reflecting a “is that safe to eat?” pause of the head before chomping down. But who are we kidding. You’re eating a donut from Dunkin’ Donuts, so obviously you’re not a health freak.
The donut is disappointing in size, but I can live with that. Cake donuts demand respect in a kind of way that makes you show restraint as an eater, focusing on flavor and texture through small bites and slow chewing. Usually not my mantra, but a good thing to remind oneself every once in a while. Unfortunately, this cake donut lacks anything in the way of pumpkin flavor. Oh sure, it’s great and everything — I mean you really can’t dislike the dense and moist interior and the sweet, dissolve-in-your-mouth donut glaze. But if I’d have to guess, it tastes like a regular cake donut with donut glaze and the unmistakable nothingness of Orange #Not-from-this-planet.
Hard as it may be, I can’t quite quit Dunkin’ Donuts. Not a day after eating this seasonal disappointment of empty sugar and fat, I found myself staring at the donuts in a local grocery store, wondering why in the heck they can’t offer a selection greater than frosted yeast donuts with orange and black sprinkles. Note to self: If I ever am in the unfortunate position of managing a grocery store bakery, make interesting donut flavors. That way, I’ll save some poor soul from Dunkin’ Donut flavor fail.
Pros: Dollar menu item. Moist interior. Awesome promo picture. Sweet glaze that dissolves in your mouth. Proving health blogs wrong by busting out a 10 mile run with only a donut as fuel. Burping up 'donut taste.
Cons: Small. Not very filling. Looks like an alien with a carrot juice addiction. Doesn't taste like pumpkin. Choosing unwisely on the eternal question of yeast vs. cake.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: 99 cents
Overall GrubGrade: 4.50/10
More Info: DunkinDonuts.com
Dunkin' Donuts Pumpkin Donut
Total Fat: 19 grams
Saturated Fat: 9 grams
Trans Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 25 grams
Sodium: 260 mg
Total Carbs: 38 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Sugars: 19 grams
Protein: 3 grams