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Another new addition to the Dunkin breakfast lineup … the Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

1408610202117Dunkin’ Donuts has added yet another option to its already packed breakfast menu … the Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. You’ve probably seen the commercials focusing on the spicy andouille sausage that’s the main sandwich feature.

So if you’ve been thinking that you might want to give this one a try, FoodFacts.com thought you might want to take a closer look at the details.

First off we want to tell you that the main feature — the spicy andouille sausage — is actually the only feature in the sandwich. Most sandwiches aren’t quite as straightforward as this one. Which, according to your tastes, may or may not be a good thing. There’s no flavored mayonnaise, no special sauce, no upscale cheese. The Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is simply andouille sausage, egg and American cheese on an English muffin. It would make sense that such a simple sandwich should also have a simple ingredient list, right?

Wrong.

Here’s the list:

Andouille Split Smoked Sausage: Meat Ingredients (Pork, Beef), Water, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Corn Syrup, Natural Spices, Potassium Lactate, Paprika, Natural Flavors, Sugar, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Sodium Diacetate, Sassafras, Ascorbic Acid, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Sodium Nitrite; English Muffin: Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Wheat Starch, Yeast, Sugarcane Fiber, Contains 2% or less of: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chicory Root, Degerminated Yellow Corn Flour, Degerminated Yellow Corn Meal, Whole Wheat Durum Flour, Wheat Gluten, Vinegar, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Salt, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Fumaric Acid; Fried Egg: Egg Whites, Water, Egg Yolks, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Sauteed Flavor (Soybean Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Natural Flavor), Salt, Artificial Butter Flavor (Propylene Glycol, Artificial Flavor), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Coarse Ground Black Pepper; Cheese: American Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Water, Dry Cream, Milkfat, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Annatto and Oleoresin Paprika Color (if colored), Soy Lecithin (non-sticking agent).

That’s over 60 ingredients. And almost 20 of them are things we have no interest in consuming. Oh and we don’t care what Dunkin’ tells us — that is NOT a fried egg.

Let’s see if the nutrition facts are any better:

Calories:                           440
Fat:                                   24 grams
Saturated Fat:                   9 grams
Cholesterol:                   110 mg
Sodium:                       1140 mg

In summary, the Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich doesn’t have much going for it — except maybe that it’s spicy. The ingredients are pretty bad, the nutrition facts aren’t any better and, honestly, it’s not all that interesting.

Better luck next time, Dunkin’.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/sandwiches/breakfastsandwiches/spicy_smoked_sausage_breakfast_sandwich.html

Almond milk comes to Dunkin’s menu!

iStock_000012631569SmallIf you’re vegan or avoiding dairy, Dunkin’ Donuts has great news for you!

Dunkin’ Donuts, through a partnership with Blue Diamond, is now offering Blue Diamond vanilla flavored Almond Breeze Almondmilk for customers desiring a dairy-free option. According to a press release, certain locations throughout the country will now be able to accommodate customers looking to avoid dairy. When asked, Dunkin’ said that almond milk is the first dairy-free option they have ever offered in most locations nationwide, although some franchises already offer soy milk that is purchased locally. Most of their traditional donuts do not contain milk or eggs, but since they can come in contact with such products, they can’t be labeled as “vegan.”

“Based on an increasing number of customer requests, we began to explore options for expanding our menu with a non-dairy alternative to milk and cream,” said John Costello, president of global marketing and innovation for Dunkin’ Brands, the chain’s parent company. “We believe adding Almond Breeze Almondmilk now gives our guests a unique and delicious new way to enjoy our famous coffee or lattes.”

To draw attention to the addition of almond milk last week offering various prizes to participants. To find a Dunkin’ near you that has almond milk, go to the store locator on DunkinDonuts.com and look for a location with an “AM” symbol next to it.

FoodFacts.com knows that many of our own community members look for dairy free options that they consider healthy. We’re sure this will be a welcome addition to the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee line-up that will be readily embraced by consumers.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/09/05/dunkin-adds-almond-milk-menu/hb2q7YkMwhXKwtAaU0fVKJ/story.html

Dunkin Donuts Celebrates Shark Week

Happy Young Child Eating Doughnut at Coffee ShopThe Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is the longest running cable television programming event in history. Every summer since 1988 we’ve been welcoming programming about sharks — and shark attacks — into our living rooms. Its beginnings as educational television have evolved somewhat over the years with more entertainment-oriented programming.

It’s become so entertainment-oriented that this year, Dunkin Donuts has gotten in on the act. They’ve struck up a partnership with the Discovery Channel, stating in their press release that “this year, Shark Week runs on Dunkin.”

Introducing the Shark Bite donut.

If you’re wondering how on earth Dunkin can bring the flavor of the ocean to a donut — well, thankfully, they didn’t. This one is pure promotion. The Shark Bite donut is simply a yeast donut decorated to look like a life preserver with bright red and white icing. The promotional aspect is a contest inviting customers to “Take a Bite, Take a Pic.” Contestants are asked to share a selfie taking a bite out of their favorite Dunkin breakfast item on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DDSharkWeek to become eligible to win prizes that include a $100 Dunkin Donuts Card and a Shark Week Prize Pack. Selfies will be shared on Shark After Dark, the final evening talk programming closing out each day of Shark Week.

Sounds like fun. But what about that Shark Bite donut?

Sorry, but it’s not as much fun as the contest. Let’s take a look at the ingredient list:

Donut: Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Water, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Whey (a milk derivative), Skim Milk, Yeast, Contains less than 2% of the following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda), Defatted Soy Flour, Wheat Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate (a milk derivative), Enzyme, Colored with (Turmeric and Annatto Extracts, Beta Carotene), Eggs; 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; Red Icing: [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; Red Coloring: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glycerin, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Carrageenan Gum, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid; May Contain FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Red 3, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Yellow 5].

In case you don’t feel like counting them out, that’s about 18 controversial ingredients — all for a yeast donut that looks like a life preserver. While FoodFacts.com can’t be sure, we do think there’s a possibility that if a shark took an exploratory bite out of this donut, it might just spit it out.

http://news.dunkindonuts.com/Press-Releases/SHARK-WEEK-RUNS-ON-DUNKIN-DUNKIN-DONUTS-AND-DISCOVERY-CHANNEL-PARTNER-FOR-SOCIAL-PROGRAMMING-DI-4ba.aspx

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Dunkin’s newest summertime treat … the Frozen Oreo Coffee Coolatta

1398160875255It had to happen sooner or later, after all there are Oreos featured in hundreds of different products. Ice cream, ice cream cake, pudding, cheesecake, cereal, cake frosting … Oreos are everywhere. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Dunkin Donuts latest Coolatta features the Oreo.

On the Dunkin website, the new Coolatta flavor is promoted as “The Best of Both Worlds. The perfect blend of everything that’s delicious in the world. Our signature Frozen Coffee flavor with delicious OREO® cookie pieces mixed in. Just what your taste buds ordered.” O.k. maybe it’s what someone’s taste buds ordered, but what about someone’s healthy lifestyle?

Let’s find out.

Right away, it’s easy to notice that the nutrition facts for the new Dunkin Frozen Coffee Oreo Coolatta leave a lot to be desired. The facts listed are for the medium size of the beverage (the most common size sold for frozen drinks). It’s also for the skim milk version, because we’re being kind.

Calories:           440
Fat:                   4.5 g
Sugar:              83 g

That’s right, 83 grams of sugar in the medium-sized drink — or to be more specific 20.75 teaspoons of sugar in just one Frozen Coffee Oreo Coolatta. Imagine that for a moment if you will; someone adding 20.75 teaspoons of sugar into a 24 ounce beverage. That’s almost a teaspoon of sugar per ounce. A bit much for us.

Here are the ingredients:

Frozen Coffee Base: Water, Frozen Coffee Concentrate (Water, Sugar, Coffee Extract, Caramel Color, Natural and Artificial Flavor); Skim Milk; Oreo® Chocolate Base Cake Cookie Crumbs: Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Canola Oil, Cocoa processed with alkali, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Leavening (Baking Soda and/or Calcium Phosphate), Salt, Soy Lecithin, Chocolate, Vanillin (an Artificial Flavor).

So for 440 calories, we would be enjoying caramel color, natural and artificial flavors and some high fructose corn syrup.

FoodFacts.com can definitely find a better use for 440 calories during any given day. So for us, this is one of many Oreo-laden treats in which we won’t be indulging.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/beverages/frozenbeverages/coffee1/oreo_frozen_coffee_coolatta.html?DRP_FLAVOR=Oreo&DRP_SIZE=Medium&DRP_DAIRY=Skim+Milk

Dunkin’s newest Coolatta … the Frozen Arnold Palmer

iStock_000021757029Small (1)Summertime is here, and along with it new introductions of iced and frozen beverage from the fast food chains. The Dunkin Donuts Coolatta has been providing consumers with an icy cold way to beat the heat since 1997. Flavors have ranged from coffee varieties to strawberry, orange and blue raspberry in addition to the popular vanilla bean.

For a variety of reasons, FoodFacts.com hasn’t been a tremendous fan of the Coolatta. Some of those reasons are artificial colors and too much sugar. But we stand by the idea that every new product introduction deserves a fair chance. So when Dunkin announced the new Frozen Arnold Palmer Coolatta, we waited to take a look at the nutrition facts and ingredient list before we decided we wouldn’t be trying it.

It’s official now, though, we won’t be trying it. We wanted to fill you in on how we came to that decision.

Here are the nutrition facts for the medium size drink

Calories:                 270
Fat:                         0 g
Sodium:                 35 mg
Sugar:                    67 g

We’re highlighting the medium drink because this is the most common size sold. We’re not attempting to make it appear worse than it is. We’re certain we don’t like the idea of spending 270 calories on a drink. To put it into further perspective, the medium Frozen Arnold Palmer Coolatta weighs in at 16 ounces. A 20 ounce bottle of Pepsi has 250 calories. That’s four ounces more for 20 calories less. That same bottle of Pepsi has roughly the same amount of sugar as this frozen beverage. Everyone in our community already knows how we feel about soda. Since the nutrition facts here look quite comparable, our feelings are pretty much the same.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Frozen Neutral Base: Water, Neutral Base (Sugar, Glucose, Fructose, Silicon Dioxide, Malic Acid, Xanthan Gum); Arnold Palmer Half & Half Coolatta Base: Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Pear Juice from Concentrate, Filtered Water, Citric Acid, Black Tea, Natural Flavor, Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Sucralose, Gum Acacia, Acesulfame Potassium, Ester Gum.

O.k. there aren’t any artificial colors in the Frozen Arnold Palmer Coolatta. But there are still many ingredients we really don’t like. More importantly, we have a serious question about these ingredients. There’s so much sugar in here — a little over 11 TEASPOONS in 16 ounces. You can see the Sugar, Glucose and Fructose listed. Why then, was it necessary to make things even worse with the addition of Acesulfame Potassium to the ingredients?  Someone thought they needed to sweeten the beverage even more — we get that. But it isn’t a “diet” drink, so how did it make sense to add artificial sweetener to the product?

FoodFacts.com’s assessment: we don’t need 11 teaspoons of sugar in 16 ounces of anything. As the weather heats up, we still like actual brewed, unsweetened iced tea. And if we want to sweeten it, we like deciding on the sweetener we use — and controlling how much of it we’ll be consuming.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/beverages/frozenbeverages/coolatta/new_frozen_arnold_palmer_coolatta.html?DRP_FLAVOR=Frozen+Arnold+Palmer&DRP_SIZE=Medium

Under the Bun: Dunkin Donuts Grilled Chicken Flatbread

1400146640078Dunkin Donuts recently introduced another new lunch option, the Grilled Chicken Flatbread. Of course, it’s being promoted as a healthier selection in the regular Dunkin lineup. On the surface it appears to be at least a passable possibility. Grilled chicken, reduced fat cheddar cheese with ancho chipotle sauce. Certainly doesn’t sound terrible, does it?

Let’s go under the bun with FoodFacts.com and find out if there’s more going on with the new Dunkin Grilled Chicken Flatbread than meets the eye.

We’ll start with the nutrition facts:

Calories:                      360
Fat:                              12 g.
Saturated Fat:            3.5 g.
Cholesterol:                65 mg.
Sodium:                      1020 mg.

While the Grilled Chicken Flatbread isn’t perfect, it’s certainly not the worst fast food sandwich we’ve seen. It’s under 400 calories and it contains 12 g of fat. We could live without the cholesterol and sodium levels. But overall, the numbers aren’t terrible.

What ingredients can you expect to consume with this sandwich. Let’s take a look:

Grilled Chicken: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast with Rib Meat, Water, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor, Salt, Yeast Extract, Sunflower Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Silicon Dioxide), Sodium Phosphates, Seasoning [Modified Corn Starch, Grill Flavor (from Partially Hydrogenated Soybean/Cottonseed Oil), Maltodextrin, Smoke Flavor, Hydrated Silicon Dioxide]; Multigrain Flatbread: Whole Wheat Flour, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Multigrain Blend [Water, Wheat Sourdough, Wheat Grains, Rye Grains, Oat Grains, Flax Seed, Rye Sourdough, Millet Seed, Teff Seed, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)], Yeast, Sugar, Dough Conditioner [Water, Mono and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Natural Flavor, Enzymes], Oat Fiber, Salt, Soybean Oil, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Soy (Trace); Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese: Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto (Color); Ancho Chipotle Sauce: Water, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Canola), Vinegar, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Egg Yolk, Salt, Contains less than 2% of: Chipotle Sauce (Water, Sugar, Chipotle Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Modified Food Starch), Molasses, Spice, Garlic, Ancho Chili Pepper, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Modified Food Starch, Xantham Gum, Lactic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Benzoate and Calcium Disodium EDTA (Preservatives), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Onion, Caramel Color, Buttermilk Solids, Citric Acid, Sour Cream Solids, Yellow 6, Yellow 5.

That’s about 90 ingredients with almost 20 controversial ingredients. Not our idea of a healthy option — even for fast food. We should also mention that among those controversial ingredients are some of our least favorite items (not that we have favorite controversial ingredients – because we don’t). We’re especially sensitive about things like partially hydrogenated oils, Sodium Benzoate, Caramel Color and Artificial Colors. They’re all in there.

Sorry, Dunkin, but you’ll have to keep trying when it comes to healthier menu items. This one isn’t really working out for us.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/sandwiches/Bakery_Sandwiches/new_grilled_chicken_flatbread.html

I scream, you scream, we all scream for … iced coffee???

Dunkin Donuts Ice Cream Flavored Iced CoffeeAccording to Dunkin Donuts, we’ll all be screaming for ice cream flavored iced coffee. What do you think? Does it sound like it’s worth screaming for?

Butter Pecan Swirl, Cookie Dough Swirl, and Jamoca Almond Fudge Swirl have joined the Dunkin Donuts iced coffee lineup. The new flavors are based on popular Baskin Robbins ice cream varieties. We’re pretty sure that everyone in our FoodFacts.com community knows our feelings about most of the Baskin Robbins ice cream flavors. So naturally, we wanted to do a little investigating about the new coffee flavors that take their names from those ice creams.

Let’s take a look …

Butter Pecan Swirl with skim milk
Calories:             180
Fat:                       0 g
Sugar:                  36 g

The nutrition facts are based on the addition of skim milk to a small sized Butter Pecan Swirl iced coffee. The small size contains 9 teaspoons of sugar. That’s a bit much for us.

Ingredients
Skim Milk; Brewed Espresso Coffee; Butter Pecan Flavored Swirl Syrup: Skim Milk, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Brown Sugar (Sugar, Molasses), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, Salt, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative); Caramel Flavored Swirl Syrup: Sweetened Condensed Nonfat Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Brown Sugar, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavor, Salt.

Hmmmm ….

Cookie Dough Swirl
Calories:         170
Fat:                   6 g
Sugar:              24 g

The small size Cookie Dough Swirl contains a little less sugar, weighing in at 6 teaspoons.

Ingredients
Brewed 100% Arabica Coffee; Cookie Dough Flavored Swirl Syrup: Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Skim Milk, Sugar), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Brown Sugar, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative); Light Cream: Milk, Cream, Disodium Phosphate (Stabilizer), Sodium Citrate (Stabilizer).
A little less bad …

Jamoca Almond Fudge Swirl
Calories:         170
Fat:                   6 g
Sugar:              23 g

The small size Jamoca Almond Fudge Swirl is the “best” option for added sugars with a little less than 6 teaspoons.

Ingredients
Brewed 100% Arabica Coffee; Jamoca® Almond Fudge Flavored Swirl Syrup: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Cocoa processed with alkali, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Salt; Light Cream: Milk, Cream, Disodium Phosphate (Stabilizer), Sodium Citrate (Stabilizer).

Are you screaming for ice cream flavored iced coffee yet? We’re not. While the flavors sound like fun, they’re just not worth the added sugars and bad ingredients. We think we prefer quieter coffee.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/beverages/icedbeverages/coffee0/iced_coffee.html?DRP_SWEET=None&DRP_FLAVOR=Butter+Pecan+Swirl&DRP_SIZE=Small&DRP_BLEND=Original&DRP_DAIRY=Skim+Milk

Dunkin Donuts welcomes spring with the Peeps Donut

iStock_000017868525Small.jpgMost of the country is patiently waiting for the sunshine to poke through the clouds and bring the warmer weather we’ve been waiting for. It was a harsh, harsh winter for most and the little we’ve seen of spring has been wet and a bit gloomy so far.

We suppose that might be a reason we’re seeing all sorts of springtime promotions announced. There are more this year than we’ve seen in the past. Dunkin Donuts is getting in on the action, helping to bring us a little more of the springtime with the introduction of the Peeps Donut.

FoodFacts.com has to admit that we were confused by the concept of a Peeps Donut when we first heard about it. Peeps, as just about everyone in the U.S. and Canada knows, are marshmallow candies that are a traditional part of the spring holidays. They are familiarly shaped like chicks and bunnies and are brightly colored in holiday colors like pink, yellow and green. Their popularity has resulted in Christmas Peeps, Halloween Peeps and Summer Peeps all specifically colored to match the season of their release.

Of course, we’re not Peeps fans. All those artificial colors don’t leave us feeling great about the products. But that wasn’t why we were confused. Is the Peeps Donut marshmallow flavored? Could they really have put a Peep on top of a donut? And if they did, why?

We did a little investigating. From what we’re reading, the donut part of the Peeps Donut is not marshmallow flavored. Perhaps it’s supposed to be, but no one actually thinks it is. Yes, Dunkin put a Peep on top of the donut. We really don’t know why. Doesn’t seem like a likely flavor combination to us. And to go a bit further, the Peeps Donuts are iced with the colors of the season — complete with the same artificial colors we don’t care for in the actual Peeps.

So here are the facts:

Calories:                 310
Fat:                        15 g
Saturated Fat:         7 mg
Sugar:                    21 g

The ingredient list is where it really gets interesting:

Donut: Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Palm Oil, Yeast Donut Concentrate [Soy Flour, Pregelatinized Wheat Starch, Salt, Whey (Milk), Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Nonfat Milk, Gum Blend (Cellulose, Guar, Acacia, Carrageenan, Xanthan), Sodium Caseinate (Milk), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Eggs, Soybean Oil, Annatto (Color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Turmeric (Color)], Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Yeast, Mono and Diglycerides; Strawberry Flavored 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), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Red 40; Green Icing: [White Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Artificial Flavor, Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier); Green Coloring: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glycerin, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Carrageenan Gum, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid; May Contain FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Red 3, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Yellow 5]. Topping May Include: Yellow Peep: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Contains less than 0.5% of the following ingredients: Yellow 5, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors, Carnauba Wax. Pink Peep: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Contains less than 0.5% of the following ingredients: Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors, Red 3, Carnauba Wax.

The donut itself contains something Dunkin refers to as a “gum blend.” Not sure what that’s about. No matter which color icing and Peep you choose, you’ll be treated to high fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, and a plethora of artificial food coloring, among other ingredients we don’t particularly like. Not to mention the fact that Peeps contain carnauba wax, with which we’d rather polish our cars than actually eat.

All things considered, we’ll find a different way to celebrate spring.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/bakery/donuts/donuts.html?DRP_FLAVOR=PeepsDonut

Under the Bun: Dunkin Donuts Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich

egg.jpgIt’s that time again! Let’s go under the bun at Dunkin Donuts with their new “brunch” offering, the Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich.

We’re sure that by now you’ve either heard about it or read about it. If you haven’t tried it yet, FoodFacts.com definitely thinks that there are things you should know before you decide. It’s important to point out that many of the online reviews have included information about how the “hollandaise sauce” doesn’t drip. Actually we’ve read that it doesn’t move. So we had a few preconceived notions before we read the nutrition facts or the ingredient list.

Here’s what we found:

Nutrition Facts
The numbers here aren’t the worst we’ve ever seen.

Calories:                    300
Fat:                             9 grams
Saturated Fat:          4.5 grams
Cholesterol:              90 mg
Sodium:                     790 mg

In the world of fast food breakfasts, the Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich is actually better than most. That might not make it ideal, but if you were to base your choice of this option simply on the nutrition facts it might appear to be a better alternative to say the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant.

But here at FoodFacts.com, we need to dig a little deeper under that bun.

Ingredients
English Muffin: Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Wheat Starch, Yeast, Sugarcane Fiber, Contains 2% or less of: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chicory Root, Degerminated Yellow Corn Flour, Degerminated Yellow Corn Meal, Whole Wheat Durum Flour, Wheat Gluten, Vinegar, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Salt, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Fumaric Acid; Fried Egg: Egg Whites, Water, Egg Yolks, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Sauteed Flavor (Soybean Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Natural Flavor), Salt, Artificial Butter Flavor (Propylene Glycol, Artificial Flavor), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Coarse Ground Black Pepper; Black Forest Ham: Cured with Water, Salt, Potassium Lactate, Dextrose, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite; Hollandaise Flavored Spread: Pasteurized Milk and Cream, Water, Maltodextrin, Whey Protein Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Cheese Culture, Whey, Sodium Citrate, Yeast Extract, Butter, Stabilizers (Carob Bean and/or Xanthan and/or Guar Gums), Enzyme Modified Butter, Spice, Turmeric and Annatto (Colors), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Lactic Acid, Sodium Caseinate, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Diacetate, Dehydrated Butter, Lemon Concentrate, Vinegar, Sodium Phosphate, Lemon Oil, Enzymes.

The sandwich doesn’t seem like a better alternative after reading all that, does it?

88 ingredients. 11 controversial ingredients. 9 sources of hidden MSG. We can say with confidence that we now completely understand why the sauce doesn’t drip. In the ingredient list, Dunkin refers to it as Hollandaise Flavored Spread, not sauce. It’s too coagulated to move, so spread made more sense, we guess.

All things considered, we’re not going to be biting into this one.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/sandwiches/breakfastsandwiches/egg_benedict.html

http://www.foodfacts.com/ci/nutritionfacts/Sandwiches-Wraps/Dunkin-Donuts-Eggs-Benedict-Breakfast-Sandwich-1-Sandwich/91883

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Dunkin!

dd.jpgAs we’re all planning out our Saint Patrick’s Day meals, shamrock green clothes and some enjoyable Erin-Go-Bragh festivities for this coming Monday, Dunkin Donuts has been busy providing us with the appropriate coffee drinks and donuts to help keep our energy up for the big day!

True to their spirit for holiday product introductions, Dunkin Donuts has introduced Irish Creme coffees to their varieties just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, along with Mint Oreo Creme and Mint Oreo donuts. Here’s FoodFacts.com’s look at these new Dunkin holiday menu additions.

Let’s start with the coffee. You can choose between an Irish Creme Swirl hot coffee, Irish Creme Swirl Iced Coffee, Irish Creme Swirl Latte and Irish Creme Swirl Iced Latte.

Both the hot coffee and the iced coffee contain 110 calories for the small size. That’s before you add your choice of cream, skim milk or whole milk — which changes the nutrition profile. Since we can only choose cream on the website, we’ll tell you that ups the calorie count to 170 and adds 6 grams of fat to the brew.

The lattes with skim milk come in at 180 calories with no fat. If you choose whole milk, you’ll they jump to 230 calories with 6 grams of fat.

You can also choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Mocha Irish Creme Swirl in any of the varieties listed above with the same nutritional profiles.

Unfortunately any Irish Creme Swirl has an ingredient list about which FoodFacts.com isn’t particularly thrilled.  They all contain: Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Skim Milk, Sugar), Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), and Salt.

Now what about those donuts?

Mint Oreo Creme: 400 calories, 22 grams of fat, 28 grams of sugar
Mint Oreo: 310 calories, 16 grams of fat, 17 grams of sugar

In either donut, you’ll be consuming ingredients that include: Artificial Flavors, Sodium Caseinate, Polysorbate 60, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Yellow 5 and Blue 1.

While the donuts look very festive (and quite green), we can’t say that we find them at all appealing after a look at both the nutrition facts and the ingredient lists.

We do appreciate Dunkin Donuts efforts to get into the spirit of every holiday that comes along. And we do understand that achieving that exceptionally green color for the donut icing might be difficult without a little help and that the flavor of Irish coffee isn’t easily mimicked. All things considered, though, we still think we’ll avoid indulging.

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