October 8, 2006

Prototype Dunkin

Prototype DDRyan was a hero last week.

On a day when I hadn’t had breakfast, he got to work before I did and placed a bag of goodies on my desk. He’d visited the prototype Dunkin Donuts in the wee hours and brought back plunder.

The prototype Dunkin Donuts is a store where they’re trying out new products and a new look in preparation to going national. I haven’t been there myself, which is why I was psyched to hear firsthand news of the place and get to try some of the treats. The place is in Pawtucket, RI.

Ryan chose to gift me with a pumpkin muffin (my all-time favorite DD muffin) and a maple-wrapped sausage thing.

The pumpkin muffin was delicious. It was slightly larger and prettier than the pumpkin muffins at my local DD store(s) but it had the same delicious moist flavor.

The other sandwich thing was a breakfast sausage wrapped in a maple-flavored pastry. I have to say, it tastes better than it sounds. There’s not a ton of sausage in there, just enough. The aroma is very strongly maple, and the pastry had a consistency halfway between a pancake and a scone. Not bad!

Thanks, Ryan! Now I have to check out this place to experience the Dunkin Donuts of the future.

Posted by James at October 8, 2006 9:58 PM
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Oh man I love pumpkin and pumpkin muffins...I may have to go through Little Rhody, instead of down 24 on my way home from work.

Have you tried the Pumpkin Muffins from Leddy's? There good and like everything at Leddy's VERY inexpensive!

Posted by: Lefty at October 9, 2006 11:42 AM

We have GOT to educate y'all on the beauty and tastiness that is Krispy Kreme - so much better than skunkin' donuts.

:D

Posted by: leslie at October 9, 2006 11:45 AM

We know about Krispy Kreme. Unfortunately, we have to go way out of our way to get them. (Actually I think they have them at Shaw's but they're not quite as fresh.)

Posted by: Julie at October 9, 2006 11:56 AM

If Krispy Kreme dissapeared off the planet, I wouldn't miss them. When they first had them in the area it was a novelty, but I'll take a pumpkin muffin over a Krispy Kreme any day.

For fresh doughnuts we have some local places that blow Krispy Kreme out of the water (in my opinion, as such treats are so subjective). Leddy's, that Lefty mentioned up above, is my Mom's favorite place for real cream-filled doughnuts and they make a mean parfait-frosting cake. And recently in Somerset we've had Westport's best doughnut place, Butlers' Doughnuts, take over a building on our main drag. Butler's has the best doughnuts I've ever had.

I didn't know that Leddy's had Pumpkin muffins. Darn Lefty, now I'm going to have to swing by there on the way to work one day this week. :)

I will, of course, report back.

Posted by: James at October 9, 2006 12:33 PM

And exactly where in The Bucket can I find this space-dunkin-of-the-future?

Personally, I'm one of those folks who thinks Dunkin Donuts should just have coffee and donuts. I don't want to get stuck behind someone trying to decide which combo they want, or waiting for their sandwich or latte. I want to get in, get coffee, and get out.

Posted by: DG at October 10, 2006 9:05 AM

Many existing Dunkin Donuts stores have a separate "Express" counter off to the side for people who only want to order coffee. I've seen this often in Boston area subway stations.

Posted by: Mike at October 10, 2006 10:21 AM

Prototype is spreading it's filth... The Dartmouth Dunks on 6 by the Police station now has french toast sticks, and a Dunks in W. Bridgewater on 106 near 24 now has Dunkin' Iced Tea;

Maybe we won't have to go to the Prototype?

Posted by: Derek at October 10, 2006 11:57 AM

I agree heartily with leslie about Krispy Kreme. In the absence of James' local (and superior?) alternatives Krispy Kreme's donuts beat Dunkin's easily.

However, all but one of their recent Boston area franchises folded up because restaurants whose businesses depend so much on donut sales can't remain profitable whenever a new fad diet like Atkins becomes popular. Dunkin Donuts easily weathered that recent storm because the word "donut" in their name is misleading. They should really be called Dunkin Coffee.

Posted by: Mike at October 10, 2006 12:28 PM

True. I can but a dozen doughnuts and bring them into the office and they won't get eaten. I can only eat so many doughnuts myself, so it doesn't make sense to buy in bulk. This is a problem with carb-crazy business models. And I am a carb addict all the way.

When is Dunkin Donuts going to start carrying Dunkin Malasadas?

Posted by: James at October 10, 2006 1:18 PM

I would SO buy a Dunkin malasada!

Posted by: Julie at October 10, 2006 1:22 PM

I can only eat so many doughnuts myself

That sounds like pansy-talk to me.

Posted by: DG at October 10, 2006 6:43 PM

Hey, I just expect my coworkers to pull their own weight.

Posted by: James at October 10, 2006 8:27 PM

I just had a dunkin pumpkin muffin this morning...a bit too cake like and sweet for me. My personal preference, but I'm sticking with Leddy's from now on.

Steve's Doughnuts is in the part of Somerset where I grew up and where my parents still live. I haven't been to it since Butler's bought but I really don't find Butler's cream doughnuts better than Leddy's - and Butler's is a LOT more expensive.

Another AWESOME pumpkin treat is a pumpkin cream square from Plourde's on N. Main in Fall River, near the library. Plourde's in general does not wow me but the pumpkin square is a MUST have.

Posted by: Lefty at October 11, 2006 10:43 AM

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