By Kaylin Huey
Do you wait in Dunkin’ Donut’s long drive-thru line every morning for your morning fix? Does your regular order consist of a bagel and coffee? If so, you might be in need of change. Have no fear, as Dunkin’ Donuts has just come out with their new snack menu.
Dunkin’ Donuts is testing out their new snack items at select locations. The snacks include donut fries, Munchkin dippers, waffle-breaded chicken tenders, pretzel bites, ham-and-cheese roll-ups, cookies, and gluten-free brownies, all at a price of $2.
Dunkin’ is awaiting the response of their newly released snacks to see if they will make a run with it. If the snack menu is a success, then these snacks may be at a Dunkin near you soon. This addition of snack foods to their mostly breakfast food menu makes Dunkin a perfect stop for a mid-day pick me up.
“The brownies and cookies sound really good. I’m not sure if I would actually try their fries and chicken options, but I definitely would try them all just to say I tried them,” said junior Samantha Ronan.
With Dunkin’ offering more snack foods and gluten-free options, they are bringing more to a wider range of customers.
“Having a gluten-free option on the menu would only benefit individuals who are gluten-free. Considering a vast majority of people are gluten-free, if they offer stuff for them, they are only benefitting themselves by gaining new customers,” said Ronan.
According to Dunkin’s website, they serve over 3 million customers a day. These customers all have different tastes but they share the same need for fast service and low price items. These new snacks fulfill customers needs of receiving instant gratification.
“I think it has potential. I feel like the cookies and brownies would be a hit,” said Ronan.
There are around 8,500 Dunkin’ Donuts across the country, with a total of 11,300 in the world. These new snacks are only available in select locations, so customers must travel to try these new tasty snacks. The Trumbull and Bridgeport Dunkin’ Donuts does not have these new snacks on their menu.
“I think these snacks are great! It makes people want to find these locations and want more Dunkin’! I would love to try these snacks if I could ever find them. It will be a great success once people start to learn about them,” said junior Jack Sullivan.
Dunkin’ Donuts is such a huge part of many American’s lives, as their slogan is literally “American runs on Dunkin’.” Dunkin’ states that “We strive to keep you at your best, and we remain loyal to you, your tastes and your time. That’s what America runs on.”
But does that bagel or donut fries really keep you at your best?
The calorie count for five donut fries is 240, the gluten-free brownies are 350 calories, and the waffle breaded chicken fingers of two fingers comes to 290 calories. Are these snacks really what customers want? Some students say they would like to see healthier options offered at Dunkin’.
“I think that Dunkin’ Donut’s would make way more money if they had healthier options along side of their coffees,” said junior Natalie Calianese.
Restaurants like Granola Bar are flooded with customers who are looking for fresh and healthy breakfast options. A popular item on their menu is avocado toast. The avocado toast is a huge seller and is a healthier option for customers at Dunkin’.
“The snacks sound delicious, however, I think that there are other healthier routes that Dunkin’ Donuts could be taking,” said Calianese.
Time will tell the success of these new snack items at Dunkin’ Donuts. To find a location near you that sells these products, visit Dunkin’ Donuts website.