I've heard a lot of buzz in food circles over the past month about the latest offering from Dunkin’ Donuts, the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich. It was being tested in Massachusetts, and it did so well that this Friday the company is rolling it out nationwide.
Dunkin’ Donuts describes the sweet/savory combination of bacon and fried egg sandwiched between two halves of a glazed donut as “fun and quirky” which “makes it very ‘Dunkin’.” It’s actually not such an original idea. Cheeseburgers on a Krispy Kreme donut have been around for a while now. Paula Deen is also known for making a burger with an egg on top of it sandwiched in a glazed donut. Is bacon and egg really any different from burger and egg?
While I don’t find the sandwich all that original or interesting, here is something I do find interesting. According to the Associated Press, the sandwich has 360 calories, 30 calories less than Dunkin Donuts’ turkey sausage sandwich that’s supposed to be one of the store’s healthier breakfast offerings. That sandwich has a fried egg, sausage and cheese on an English muffin.
Fortunately, the company isn’t marketing this sandwich as healthy. It’s more of a gimmick to get people in the store, and plenty of people will come in on the day it’s first offered. Friday is National Donut Day (or at least Dunkin’ Donuts says it is). On Donut Day, customers get a free donut with the purchase of any beverage.
I need to know: Is anyone tempted to try this “fun and quirky” sandwich? My stomach gets queasy just thinking about it, but I am certain I have one son who will ask to try it when he finds out it exists. If he can pay for it, I’ll probably let him give it a shot. Once. And then stuff him with fruits and vegetables for days.
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