Dunkin’ Donuts chocolate could be coming to grocery stores later this year

From candy bar iced coffee to coffee candy.

A Dunkin' Donuts sign on a shop in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania. –Gene J. Puskar / AP, File

Dunkin’ Donuts regularly introduces new coffee flavors inspired by candy and other sweet treats. However, coffee-inspired candy would be something new for the Canton-based chain.

Last week, the prolific food-blogging Instagram account JunkFoodMom teased just that as a yet-to-be-released product from Dunkin’ Donuts from the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. And in a statement Monday, the chain confirmed that Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Thins — prepackaged, chocolate wafers made using the brand’s ground coffee beans — could be headed to grocery stores later in 2018.

Dunkin’ said they tested the product at their restaurants in 2014 and “are currently in discussions with Tierra Nueva [a Miami-based manufacturer that already sells two lines of Coffee Thins, including one with Krispy Kreme] to make Coffee Thins available at grocery stores and other retail channels later this year.”

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“We haven’t finalized the specific details on the flavors or timing for the national launch at this time,” the company added.

At the convention, JunkFoodMom encountered three iterations of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Thins, all of which were inspired by Dunkin’ Donuts coffee flavor swirls: peppermint mocha, pumpkin spice, and caramel.

The thins are lightly caffeinated. According to JunkFoodMom, each 0.35-ounce square has 7 milligrams of caffeine. That’s about the same dosage you would find in Ghirardelli dark chocolate.

Put another way, you would have to eat about 30 Coffee Thins to consume the amount of caffeine that’s in a medium, hot Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

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