Top Five Best and Worst Things Dunkin' Donuts Has Ever Made

Top Five Best and Worst Things Dunkin' Donuts Has Ever Made

Today Dunkin' Donuts is launching its version of the fading fad-tastic cronut, simply named the Croissant Donut (creativity, naming and trend-necromancy fail). At $2.49 each -- the usual single donut price is around a buck -- the extra dough lands your croissant donut in a fancy box. Fancy packaging is great and all, but is there any chance this cro-Dunk-nut will last past the initial novelty? The Double-D has a track record of offering either epically amazing or super-meh products, so it's a timely toss-up.

Here are five of the best and worst things Dunkin' Donuts has ever made. Maybe if they bring back the "Time to make the donuts!" ads, customers might slink back into Dunkin' from the artisan doughnut shops.

See also: Dunkin' Donuts: The taste of home can never be overrated

Top Five Best and Worst Things Dunkin' Donuts Has Ever Made

5. Worst: Dunkin's Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Latte

Pumpkin-spice foods are hot; pumpkin-spice coffee drinks are hotter. In a gargantuan effort to smack Starbucks square in the chops, Dunkin' Donuts took Buckies' (in)famous PSL and then did what Dunkins does best: added an extra pound of sweet to it -- and out came the pumpkin crème brûlée latte. Dunkin's coffees and coffee beverages are notably some of the sugary-est out there, but this creation was so mouth-dryingly, tooth-decayingly, pancreas-explodingly glycemic that it made the PSL seems like 3 a.m. truck stop joe minus the fixings.

Look, Dunkin' Donuts, we all get that you guys wanna take down Buckies, and a little market-share competition is good for you and the customers alike, but there are better ways to go there without lowering the innovation and upping the sugar.

Top Five Best and Worst Things Dunkin' Donuts Has Ever Made

4. Best: The regular 'ol Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles

That whole thing about less being more was never so true with chain-store donuts than with Dunkin' Donuts' steady, no-frills favorites like the shelf-staple raised donut, glazed with pinky-PINK strawberry icing and hit with just a pinch of multi-colored sprinkles. This donut is not fancy or particularly exciting but does seem to make its way into everyone's dozen all the same, because it's safe, sane and pretty. It tastes like mornings and smells like the perfume of dolls and angels. Yes -- this donut actually has that "new doll" smell.

Top Five Best and Worst Things Dunkin' Donuts Has Ever Made
Scott Lentz--Westword.

3. Worst: Angus Steak & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Alongside the Dunk-croiss-nuts launch comes the news that Dunkins is bringing back the Angus Steak & Egg Breakfast Sandwich to slap onto its permanent menu. I recall the tagline when it came out the first time, "Eat like a boss!", which is still truth about his a.m. sammie, if either you or your boss is an asshole. This breakfast sandwich is asshole food, because an under-toasted onion bagel, tasteless egg patty, rubbery processed cheese and a bone-dry, peppery, chopped-meat-product slab is the kind of thing you buy when your day starts off rotten and has zero chance of getting any better by lunchtime.

And of course the Angus-beef-look-at-me! trend was dead and buried like a decade ago, so what's next?

For more best and worst from Dunkin Donuts, read on.

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