In the drive thru line at Dunkin’ Donuts today, I made a very fun, very rash decision. Instead of ordering my usual- “medium iced coffee with milk only, please” -I decided to try the new apple cider they’re featuring this fall. They offer both a hot and iced variety so I got a small of each. It seemed like the fair thing to do. And in order to retain my credibility as a journalist I also felt it was imperative that I sample the new apple orchard donut as well.
I’ll begin by noting that the small ciders each have 120 calories and the donut comes in at 300. This, to me, seems reasonable given the delicious nature of such items.
On the ride home I sipped from the iced cider and it instantly reminded me of the apple juice boxes I used to bring to school when I couldn’t get my hands on a Capri Sun. Cider usually tastes a bit tangier, but this was smooth and sweet. Probably a little too sweet for my taste, and for that reason, I don’t think I’ll be ordering it again.
The hot cider was better. I assume they use the same cider for both, but in the hot version the spices were more apparent. The aroma was far more inviting. The heat gave it a depth of flavor that the iced version lacked. And though I didn’t love it, I’d consider ordering it again on a cool fall day.
I should preface my review of the Apple Orchard donut with this: I love donuts. I’m just mad about them. So mad, in fact, that they rank high on the list of my ten favorite foods. This one, sadly, was forgettable as far as donuts go. It’s only taste was that of run of the mill plain donut covered in cinnamon and sugar. I didn’t detect any apple.
I have always preferred heavier donuts, those cakey old fashioned ones you might find at some mom and pop- type coffee shop. I’ve also always had a deep fondness for the cider donuts I got while apple picking at farms in New England during the fall. So this one left me disappointed. A bite from the donut followed by a swig of hot cider was pleasant enough, but still, I wouldn’t order it again.
Overall, I would say you could skip trying these unless you’re a big cider fan. But if any of you are tempted to try, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
**Dunkin’ Donuts did not compensate me in any way for reviewing their fall specials. In fact, Dunkin’ Donuts has no earthly idea who I am, nor can they fathom why I felt compelled to Instagram their fall specials.
What are some of your favorite seasonal offerings? I need to try them.