Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups may possible be the most popular candy of all time. It is highly coveted in Halloween candy bags, a big player in the birthday party goody bag scene, and an event piñata favorite. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have inspired flavored cereals, chocolate spreads, dessert bars and ice cream. And not the iconic candy has inspired its own Dunkin Donuts creation.
The new Dunkin Donuts Reese’s Peanut Butter Square Donut is making an appearance this month at locations everywhere. This square creation features rather brightly shaded orange icing over a chocolate frosted donut with peanut butter cup flavored filling. May be just a bit too sweet for most of us here at FoodFacts. We thought we’d take a look at what’s gone into making this donut.
Fat: 19 grams
Sugar: 26 grams
It’s sweet. And it has 19 grams of fat. And that’s not the way we like to start our days. Now let’s see what’s gone into the creation.
INGREDIENTS: 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; Reese’s® Peanut Butter Buttercreme Filling: Powdered Sugar (Contains Corn Starch as processing aid), Vegetable Shortening (Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60), Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Peanut Oil, Sugar, Salt, Corn Starch), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup. Contains 2% or less of each of the following: Salt, Caramel Color (Sulfites), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative); Chocolate Icing: Sugar, Water, Cocoa, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Contains 2% or less of: Dextrose, Corn Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Salt, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Agar, Artificial Flavor; Orange 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); Orange 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].
While Dunkin Donuts isn’t known for healthy ingredients, we’d like to point out that this particular donut stands out for containing far more controversial items than most donuts on their menu – an astounding 25 to be exact. That’s really unbelievable … even for Dunkin.
This isn’t the peanut butter cup of our dreams … the ingredient list reads like a terrible nightmare. Dunkin has to do better than this one.