So. Massachusetts is known for the Red Sox, the Patriots, notoriously bad (LIKE REALLY bad) drivers, their infamous Boston accents and last but not least Dunkin’ Donuts.
It was time we had a little chat about Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s such an iconic brand from New England. America runs on Dunkin’ also seems to be a pretty accurate statement when you consider there are more than 10,000 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the U.S. and 60 percent of their annual revenue comes from coffee. Also, can we just take a moment to look at this interesting logo?
Dunkin’ Donuts History in a Nutshell
It all began in 1948 with a donut and coffee restaurant in Quincy, MA called “Open Kettle.” Founder William Rosenberg served donuts for five cents and premium cups of coffee for ten cents. The place was renamed “Dunkin’ Donuts” in 1950.
Since 1950, the number of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants has increased to more than 12,000 worldwide, with locations in 45 countries making it one of the biggest fast food giants. The company serves approximately 1.9 billion cups of hot and iced coffee every year. Over the long-term, the company plans to more than double its U.S. presence, which will put the total number of restaurants above 17,000.
A Few Things I’m Sure You Didn’t Know About Dunkin’
#1 The company’s executive chef, Stan Frankenthaler, is a three-time James Beard Award nominee (in other words, a real food professional)
#2 Dunkin’ Donuts is all the rage in Korea
The chain’s largest international market is the Korean one with nearly 1,000 stores. Unlike in the US, patrons are allowed to pick donuts themselves off shelves, cups are paper (not Styrofoam), and the most popular drink is a shot of espresso and hot water (called an Americano).
#3 The sizing is pretty unique (aka big)
Compared to their competitors Dunkin’ has pretty unique cup sizing. Their “Medium” is a whopping 24 ounces while their “Small” is 16 ounces. Starbucks’ equivalent of a medium, “Grande,” is 16 ounces and its small (“Tall”) is the standard 8 ounces. Considering that Dunkin’ is still cheaper I know why lots of people choose to go there.
# 4 New York is obsessed with Dunkin’s
The chain has more locations in New York’s five boroughs than Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Papa John’s combined. That’s around 600 stores in NYC alone! Crazy, right?
What to get at Dunkin’ Donuts
Should I add if it’s your only option? Ok that’d be mean but being honest with you, despite walking by a million Dunkin’s every day I might only have stepped a foot into a store one or two times. Still, I’ll go into one this week and will let you know. You know how I feel about doughnuts, so I just might have to give them or their munchkins (mini doughballs) a try. Let me know if you have any recommendations of things you really like at Dunkin’s?
Have a great day!