Donut fries? Yes, donut fries.
Dunkin’ Donuts is testing a new “snacking menu” featuring a number of curious items. And unlike some of the Canton-based company’s previous eccentric tests, the trial run is actually happening in Boston.
First noticed by a Reddit user earlier this week, the $2 snacking menu includes donut fries, Munchkin dippers, waffle-breaded chicken tenders, pretzel bites with honey mustard sauce, ham-and-cheese roll-ups, and gluten-free brownies.
A Dunkin’ spokeswoman confirmed the new snack menu in a statement Wednesday and said it is being tested at “a small number of its restaurants in the Boston market,” including 265 Franklin St. in Boston, the 100 Harborside Drive location outside Logan airport, and the chain’s new concept store at 588 Washington St. in Quincy.
The company said they are hoping to gather feedback from consumers, franchisees, and employees to inform decisions about “a possible national rollout” in the future.
“The snacking menu features several new sweet and savory items that pair perfectly with Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature beverages and are ideal for an energizing afternoon break,” the statement said.
A promotional photo provided by the company Wednesday teased a glimpse of the new test items.
Photos of the real-life donut fries have also popped up on social media over the course of the last week.
“@dunkindonuts needs to brings these to every #coffee shop,” one Instagram user wrote. “#donutfries are amazing! Taste just like #doughboy.”
A review by the Reddit user who posted about the new snack menu Monday was a bit more mixed:
I tried the pretzel bites and they were great but they use Kens honey Dijion sauce and should use kens honey mustard instead. I also tried the Donut fries and those need a dipping sauce but they were good. Lastly I tried the waffle breaded chicken and that was gross because they were way too greasy. The batter is the same batter used in the pancake bites that they used to have.
The $2 test menu comes amid the chain’s recent rollout of “Dunkin’ Go2s,” a McDonald’s-esque value menu that offers two egg and cheese Wake-up Wraps for $2, two egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches for $3, and two bacon, egg, and cheese croissant sandwiches for $5. The company is also in the midst of a sweeping rebranding effort which includes the potential shortening of its name, Starbucks-like prototype stores and menu reductions.
So perhaps a few new menu additions could be welcome?