This particular if was combining Oreo cheesecake squares with donuts. While we can see how this might make some people excited, FoodFacts.com isn’t particularly thrilled with the concept. Oreo cheesecake squares are a popular, semi-homemade dessert. They’re already nutritionally questionable by themselves. Honestly, every cheesecake is. Anyone attempting a healthy lifestyle is already saving these small gems for special occasions and generally not thinking about them for breakfast — or an afternoon snack for that matter. And then you have donuts. Popular? Yes. Nutritionally beneficial? No.
Leave it to Dunkin to put the two together into one perfectly square morning meal option.
But before we pass judgement, let’s take a look at what’s actually in the new Oreo Cheesecake Square Donuts masterminded by Dunkin.
Fat: 18 grams
Saturated Fat: 8 grams
Cholesterol: 10 mg
Sugar: 22 grams
While the facts aren’t good, they do pretty much line up with the rest of Dunkins specialty donuts, give or take a few calories, grams of fat and sugar. That doesn’t make the Oreo Cheesecake Square donuts a good option. But it does make us wonder how they’re made. Cheese cake is notoriously laden with calories and fat — so how did Dunkin manage to put it in a donut and keep the nutrition facts analogous with the rest of their offerings?
Let’s take a look:
Donut: Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Palm Oil, Yeast Donut Concentrate [Soy Flour, Salt, Pregelatinized Wheat Starch, Whey (Milk), Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Nonfat Milk, Gum Blend (Cellulose, Guar, Acacia, Carrageenan, Xanthan), Sodium Caseinate (Milk), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Eggs, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Annatto and Turmeric (Colors)], Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Yeast, Mono and Diglycerides; Cream Cheese Filling: Cream Cheese (Pasteurized Milk and Cream, Cheese Culture, Whey Protein Concentrate, Salt, Xanthan and/or Carob Bean Gum), Water, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, Contains 2% or less of each of the following: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with Mono and Diglycerides, Cultured Nonfat Dry Milk, Nonfat Dry Milk, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Salt, Glucono Delta Lactone, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Artificial Flavor, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6; White Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less of: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Artificial Flavor; OREO® Crumb Topping: Sugar, Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), High Oleic Canola Oil and/or Palm Oil and/or Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil, Cocoa processed with alkali, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cornstarch, Leavening (Baking Soda and/or Calcium Phosphate), Salt, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Vanillin (an Artificial Flavor), Chocolate.
So obviously there’s no real cheesecake filling going on inside the donut. There is cream cheese filling that we could probably liken to cream cheese frosting. It looks like cheesecake filling because of the use of artificial colors. And let’s not forget the artificial flavors used in the creation of the donut, the filling, the icing and the Oreo topping. Throw in a little partially hydrogenated oil, and high fructose corn syrup — and, well, you get the picture.
If you’re craving Oreo cheesecake squares, they’re fairly easy to prepare at home. They aren’t the best nutritional choice you can make. And they still do contain Oreos (which have some problems in and of themselves.) But at least you can be sure what’s in the rest of the squares you’ve prepared.
It’s honestly a better choice. Sorry, Dunkin — we’re not trying this one.