Once Upon a Time about a decade ago, I had this thing in my life called routine. I was in community college enrolled full-time in my first fashionista program with a life fueled by the early twenties “liquid diet.” This most often consisted of booze and coffee and I looked fantastic for it. Between my world of “academia” and two jobs that never left Monmouth County, I got to know my NJ very well as it got to know me. I would drive to the same Dunkin Donuts daily before class and in the afternoon when I’d be suffering from the 3:00pm sugar crash. I became such a regular at the Rte. 34 (southbound intersecting with Broad St.) DD that they would see me pulling up in my 1992 vintage Volvo “whip” and would have my french vanilla light and sweet ready-to-go. I would come in and put my $1.05 on the counter and leave. Yes, a small coffee back then was only $1.05. Then I left for Euroland and they forgot about me.
Later in life my DD experiences turned into frequenting the northbound Rte. 34 drive through where the speakerphone window often sounded like the Taliban was greeting with, “DUNKYBASKYHOWCANIHELPYOU!?!!!!!!!!!!!” (Translation: Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins; How can I help you?) Take a little too long ordering and you were certain there was a man with a machete at the register ready to take your head off. They would handle their hot bevs and donuts with such hostility and always stole that ONE penny they owed you in change. It was almost as though everything was conveniently priced so that the ONE penny they pocketed would not be missed by the careless consumer. I got smart on them and demanded my penny each time. With two trips to DD’s per day, that equaled to $7.30 they were stealing per year! Thieves. Sneaky sneaky thieves.
So just in time for Halloween they’ve come out with an entire menu of Fall items. Their PUMPKIN items include: cream cheese, coffee and lattes, packaged coffee (yes now you can have your DD crack within the comforts of your very own home), donuts, munchkins and muffins as well! The pumpkin coffee and donut “holes” (Why are they holes and not balls, or the former Munchkin title is beyond me) have proven to be incredibly addictive just like all the rest of their products. I swear it’s a conspiracy. America really runs on Dunkin… So what exactly is in that Dunkin that is so darn irresistible? Do we really want to know? Food for thought… What exactly are we drinking? They’ve created this cup just to make fun of us with every pumpkiny sip we take.
~PeanutPimpMama “All Things Pumpkin 2012”