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Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day delectables do not delight

Dunkin’ debuts limited-time treats for month of February
The Brownie Batter Donut (left) and Cupid’s Choice Donut (right) are staple desserts for Valentine’s Day.

Dunkin’ returned with their seasonal Valentine’s Day treats this year, which are available from Jan. 31 to Feb. 21. At The Highlander, we taste-tested the limited edition Pink Velvet Macchiato, the Cupid’s Choice Donut, and the Brownie Batter Donut.

Pink Velvet Macchiato: ⅕
I was not smitten with this drink. Although the drink arrived in a visually stunning presentation, with a layer of espresso on top of a layer of pink milk, the pink milk looked weirdly artificial and tasted even more so. When mixed, the drink turned a vile, strange pinkish-brown color, and it tasted just as unappetizing as it looked. Right off the bat, the drink was overpoweringly sweet, but it was the lingering aftertaste of artificial, chemical sweetness that detracted from the beverage’s appeal. The drink definitely did not taste like the red velvet frosted cupcake it claimed to mimic and was so unsavory that I tossed it after my second sip.

Cupid’s Choice Donut: ⅗
The Cupid’s Choice Donut was the perfect epitome of Valentine’s Day– shaped like a heart, glazed with strawberry-flavored icing, and topped with red, pink, and white sprinkles. The strawberry icing packed a punchy, strong flavor that paired well with the donut base. I was disappointed to see the lack of Bavarian cream filling inside the donut. While the cream filling was a bit too sweet, the donut felt heavy and dry due to the minimal amount of it.

Brownie Batter Donut: ⅘
There is a reason why this donut sells out across Dunkin’ stores. I had to call to make sure they had this popular item in stock, and I am so glad they did! This donut looked like the Cupid’s Choice one but with chocolate icing instead. The brownie batter filling tasted exactly like its name. It was thick with a rich, chocolatey flavor that delivered everything I expected and more. It was so good, I just wish there was more of it. My only critique is the amount, as it took me three bites to get to the goodness inside the donut.

Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day favorites this year were a bit underwhelming. I expected more from this tried and true coffee shop, but I will still remain a loyal fan of their year-round treats. While the Pink Velvet Macchiato failed me, nothing could ever make me fall out of love with Dunkin’.

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