Take a culinary journey around the world through some of Dunks’ more exotic offerings.
Traveling to a foreign land and afraid you’ll go through Dunkin’ Donuts withdrawal? Worry not! Dunks is in 30 countries, and while you’ll find some of your favorite menu items (the Boston Kreme seems to be almost everywhere – it’s Lebanon’s most popular variety) abroad, there are also some pretty interesting options adapted to regional palettes you won’t find here.
Some of these might seem pretty weird – even disgusting – but you could probably say the same about some of Dunks’ American offerings (bacon donut sandwich, anyone?)
Cherry Banana Donut (Germany)
Not content to settle for jam or blueberry donuts, fruit-loving Germans also the option of cherry banana, plum and green apple stuffed donuts, all topped with colorful frosting. Cherry banana seems like an odd flavor combination, but Thrillist recently named it the chain’s “must-get donut,’’ so maybe they’re onto something.
Date Donut (Middle East)
Middle eastern Dunks get a donut topped with chocolate or white icing and a drizzle of date syrup. According to the chain, it’s one of the most popular varieties in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Avocado Dunkaccino and Black Cheese Donut (Indonesia)
Ever thought your Dunkaccino needed a touch of guacamole? Then the avocado Dunkaccino is for you! Try pairing it with the “black cheese’’ donut, which puts chocolate frosting and shredded cheese together the way they were always meant to be consumed.
Dried Pork and Seaweed Donut (China)
In China, customers enjoy savory options like a dried pork and seaweed donut (“a classic glazed donut topped with dried pork floss and seaweed,’’ as Dunkin’ Donut’s public relations manager Justin Drake described it), or something called a “beef curry package.’’ For the truly adventurous, Chinese Dunks also have square donuts, that have a round hole, which shows a lack of commitment to form. Or something.
Nutty Ube Donut (Philippines) and Iced Chicha Fruit Coolatta (Peru)
If you’re looking to add some purple vegetables to your morning routine (and who isn’t?), look no further. The ube is a purple yam that’s very popular in the Philippines, while chicha is made from purple corn, which has to taste better than it sounds.
Saffron Pistachio Melody Donut (India)
Paella is one good way to use saffron, but incorporating the ingredient into a donut is truly groundbreaking. This donut’s bright yellow frosting is “infused with freshly extracted saffron water’’ (mmmm … spice water) and topped with green pistachios.
Green Tea and Red Bean Bagel Ball and Jalapeno Bulgogi Hot Bread (Korea)
Looking for a quick bite? Koreans get to snack on green tea-flavored bagels stuffed with a sweet red bean paste and bulgogi-jalapeno-cheese sandwiches. (Bulgogi is a thinly sliced, marinated beef.)
Supreme Rocky Road (Philippines) and Tiramisu (Indonesia) Donuts
It’s not all weird ingredients. There are some tasty-looking foreign varieties that Dunks can (and should) feel free to bring to our shores. The sooner we get the Philippines’ supreme rocky road or Indonesia’s tiramisu donuts, the better.