The Story Behind Dunkin’ Donuts' Holiday Coffees and Donuts

The Story Behind Dunkin’ Donuts' Holiday Coffees and Donuts

This holiday season, we are introducing new Gingerbread and Frosted Sugar Cookie Donuts and returning favorites Peppermint Mocha and Brown Sugar Cinnamon flavored coffee beverages. Are you curious to know how these new holiday coffees and donuts were crafted in the Dunkin’ Test Kitchen?

Here at Dunkin’, we are all about bringing joy during the holiday season. In fact, we put it right on our holiday coffee cups: joy. Again this year, our holiday packaging is inspired by the festive colors and imagery that makes the holiday season so special. Check out this year’s design below:

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And what’s more joyful than holiday cookies? Whether it’s baking cookies with family or a holiday cookie swap with friends, they are a quintessential part of the season. This year, our favorite holiday cookies inspired our holiday donuts!

To craft our new Gingerbread and Frosted Sugar Cookie Donuts, chefs and food scientists here in the Dunkin’ Test Kitchen got together and baked all kinds of cookies. We tried each with our donuts, and then worked for months and months developing just the right flavor profiles, fillings and toppings for our donuts.

Holiday Donut Coffee Pairing


Our Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut features a frosted donut with cookie dough flavored filling, topped with crumbled frosted sugar cookies. We would recommend that you pair it with a Peppermint Mocha Coffee. This classic combination of mint and chocolate really rounds out the sweetness of the donut while enhancing the frosted cookie notes.

Our Gingerbread Donut is a caramel frosted donut sprinkled with gingerbread cookie topping. Try it with our other returning holiday favorite, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte. The creamy latte brings out the caramel notes in the donut, while the brown sugar perfectly pairs with the gingerbread. 

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Our holiday flavors are available in all your favorite coffee and espresso beverages. Plus, this season we are serving the Snowflake Sprinkle Donut, a frosted donut with red icing and special snowflake sprinkles, and Snowflake Sprinkle MUNCHKINS®, featuring a chocolate glazed MUNCHKINS donut hole treat rolled in snowflake sprinkles.

Can’t wait for our holiday coffees and donuts? You can try them all at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants beginning November 20!

And don’t forget to share how you celebrate Joy with Dunkin’ through the Holidays on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!  


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