If you walked into a Dunkin' Donuts this morning, you may not have noticed that there are a few additions to the menu. Their new line of hearty snacks, including several new varieties of Bagel Twists, an apple pie, and stuffed breadsticks, are on sale across the states today.
After unwrapping and sampling a few of DD's new items here at The Stir, we have some observations, but first a few questions. Last time I checked, snacks are supposed to be less calories than your meal, right? OK ... so then the bagel twists fit in where with today's snack standards?
Dunkin' Donuts Chief Global Customer and Marketing Officer, John Constello, says that the new snacks are aimed at people on the go. It seems to me that the only benefit most of these newcomers have IS their size and shape, making them easily portable. Example: Bagel = round. Twist = stick. But hello, what about nutritional values for your "snack size" items? Here, let's take a closer look:
First up: The Cheddar Cheese Bagel Twist
Nutrition rundown: 400 calories, 9 grams of fat, 63 carbs, 17 grams of protein
Taste: It was pretty enjoyable. I've had a cheddar cheese bagel before, and let me tell you, I find them to be vile and generally too much. But the cheese flavor on this new snack really didn't overwhelm the taste buds and it had a light and airy texture similar to a breadstick. A very enjoyable breadstick, that is. Is it worth another try? Sure.
The Blueberry Bagel Twist
Nutiriton rundown: Unfortunately, the calorie info for this is unavailable on the DD website. Actually, the item isn't even listed!
Taste: If you asked me what "chemical taste" was, I probably wouldn't be able to describe it. But that seemed to be the general consensus with this modified Twist. If you're hankering for a blueberry bread product, I'd suggest beckoning for a bagel before selecting this item. The sweet flavors just didn't sit right with me. But the consistency, well -- at least that was spot on. Is it worth another try? A DD blueberry bagel is 330 calories and 3 grams of fat. If the bagel twist is more than this, then I'd say avoid, avoid, avoid. If you really REALLY like blueberry "flavored" things, then, well, be my guest.
Cheeseburger Stuffed Breadsticks
Nutrition rundown: There's good news here. Although there are loads more healthier options on the market (without 400 mg of sodium), calorie-wise, the Cheeseburger Stuffed Breadstick isn't too bad. At 200 calories, 6 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein, and 28 carbs, I'd almost say this item actually qualified as what it's supposed to be: A snack.
Taste: ... that is, if you can stomach an entire stick. The bad news: One of the gals confused the "cheeseburger" for mushrooms. The item had no distinctive taste and tasted nothing like a cheeseburger AT ALL. Really, that was mustard in there? And ground beef? You've got to be kidding me. Is it worth another try? Stay. Away.
Pepperoni and Cheese Stuffed Breadstick
Nutrition rundown: 210 calories, 7 grams of fat, 27 carbs, and 11 grams protein. Again, this is one of the overall "healthier" items on the Dunkin' menu.
Taste: Satisfying. Think of the pizza bites you serve your kids when you're in a rush from your grocer's frozen food aisle. No complaints about this stick really -- just don't expect an overwhelming portion size. MUCH smaller than your average restaurant bread basket find. Is it worth another try? Yes, please!
Nutrition rundown: 270 calories, 13 grams of fat, 34 carbs, and 3 grams of protein.
Taste: Hellloooooo preservatives. Quote of the tasting: "Why would anyone try to make a lesser, not-as-good version of what McDonald's already has?" And it's true. The pie tasted doughy without any hint of the "real" apple. Is it worth another try? I'd much rather drink a DD 230-calorie Tropicana Coolatta to satisfy my sweet tooth. Pass.
Overall, I'd say two of Dunkin' Donuts five new items are worth a midday indulgence. As for the other three? I'd sooner grab a 100-calorie pack.
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