Top 10 Dunkin’ Donuts Secret Menu Items That Will Make Starbucks Jealous
Secret menus allow you to access a list of new menu items that are sometimes even better than what’s already available. Dunkin’ Donuts, for instance, has some secret menu items that would blow Starbucks out of the water. So mix up your coffee order with these Top 10 Dunkin’ Donuts Secret Menu Items That Will Make Starbucks Jealous!
10. Raspberry Hot Chocolate
If you want to add a tangy, fruity flavor to a sweet hot chocolate, look no further than this secret menu item. By ordering a hot chocolate with a raspberry flavor shot, you add a new kind of fruity essence to an already sugary beverage, making it all the more rich and decadent. Sure, you only have to pay $2.99 for it, but it’ll definitely taste a lot more expensive with this fruity swirl of flavor. The Raspberry Hot Chocolate has the same vibes as the mouthwatering, super-fancy chocolate-covered berries advertised by chocolatiers advertise on Valentine’s day. Except now, they’re melted into a sweet and comforting drink you can take with you on the go — and order at any time of the year. The combination of fruit and chocolate has always been delicious, and Dunkin’ Donuts makes no exception here. It’s a great option if you’re not really a coffee person but still want a drink to make you feel all warm and cozy. The Raspberry Hot Chocolate is definitely worth a shot — coffee pun intended — if you want to add a sophisticated spin to a cherished kids’ classic.
9. Coconut Mint Hot Chocolate
It’s a known fact that adding coconut flavor to literally anything is a surefire way to give a more refined flavor profile. Well, it’s not really, but you can still feel refined with a Coconut Mint Hot Chocolate. Despite the complex mix of flavors, it’s actually surprisingly easy to order: ask for a mint hot chocolate (an already existing menu item) with a shot of coconut. The result? A beverage that can warm you up nicely in the cold winter months and yet, still manage to be refreshing in warmer temperatures. The mint adds a cooling effect that counterbalances the hot temperature of the hot chocolate base, while the coconut contributes an interesting and almost tropical twist to the drink, making it a good pick if you’re looking to try something new. Because the coconut flavor is a shot and not a swirl, it’s just as sweet as any other hot chocolate on the Dunkin’ menu, which is great if you don’t want to overload on sugar. The Coconut Mint Hot Chocolate is a versatile and unique choice for those who want to spice up their daily Dunkin’ Donuts order while being guaranteed to have their sweet tooth satisfied. Coconut and Mint is also a flavor combo that is nowhere to be found on Starbucks’ menu, secret or otherwise, making this a beverage that only Dunkin’ Donuts can perfect.
8. Birthday Cake Coolatta
Want the perfect sweet drink for a special occasion, or even just to treat yourself? The Birthday Cake Coolatta is definitely for you! Dunkin’s answer to a Starbucks Frappuccino, the Birthday Cake Coolatta consists of a Vanilla Bean Coolatta with a flavor swirl of hazelnut and, ideally, topped off with whipped cream. Dunkin’ fans with a serious case of sugar cravings will rejoice at this combination of vanilla and hazelnut, which will definitely give you the sugar boost you need on a rainy day. It feels like birthday cake flavoring has amassed a sort of a cult following in the past few years. This has resulted in a bit of discourse surrounding the Birthday Cake Coolatta: fans of the drink on the Internet have argued over which recipe is best to get the flavors just right, but the hazelnut swirl paired with the vanilla bean base is the most agreed-upon way. However, if you’re going to upsize to a medium, you’ll need two pumps of hazelnut and three for a large. The sugar from all the swirls and whipped cream would definitely end in a Coolatta-induced buzz, so a Large may not be the best idea unless you’re planning on taking your time enjoying it. Better yet, sharing the indulgence with a friend or a family member will make the birthday cake element all the more authentic, since birthday parties are a lot more fun when you’re with people you love! Order this drink with two straws to share the fun!
7. Hazelnut Mocha Iced Coffee
Any Dunkin’ Donuts fan knows well that their iced coffees can be customized in what feels like thousands of different ways, allowing you to really personalize your coffee order. Among these combinations is the Hazelnut Mocha Iced Coffee, which tastes just as good as it sounds. To order, simply ask for an iced coffee with a mocha flavor swirl and a hazelnut flavor shot. While the mocha swirl will sweeten your coffee, the hazelnut shot simply adds that delicious flavor without loading up on sugar, making this iced coffee option flavorful without losing its coffee taste. Fans of Nutella especially are bound to fall in love with this drink: it replicates the taste of the famous hazelnut spread without the guilt you have after eating it straight out of the container. On top of that, you can order it — and any other iced coffee — in a range of blends, from dark roast to original to decaf. This adds another level of personalization to your drink and allows you to make the Hazelnut Mocha Iced Coffee as strong or as mild as you want. If you want to delve into the secret menu options but don’t want to do anything too crazy, the Hazelnut Mocha is an excellent option to start with. Plus, Dunkin’ Donuts leaked this menu hack to their blog in 2018, so it’s got to be good, right?
6. Frozen Snickers Bar
Just the name sounds promising – but the drink is even better! In order to try this secret menu item, you’ll need to order a Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Cookie Frozen Hot Chocolate and add both a caramel shot and a caramel swirl. Sure, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but the taste is definitely worth it; the peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel will combine perfectly to create the authentic Snickers taste and bring you straight back to your childhood Halloween candy haul. Also, the frozen chocolate base will give it a cold and refreshing taste, making the Frozen Snickers Bar even better for a hot day than the OG Snickers bar itself. Getting the actual candy bar in the summer would make for a melty mess, but this drink can give you the taste of Snickers without the disappointment of having it turn to mush if left in the sun for too long. Not to mention that this drink is also suitable for non-coffee drinkers, as it doesn’t contain any coffee. It goes without saying that the sugar in this will give you a sufficient boost, so there’s no real need for caffeine anyway. With all the elements of a Starbucks Frappuccino but with a taste that is uniquely Dunkin’ Donuts’, the Frozen Snickers Bar is the perfect “comfort drink” to order if you’re feeling that summertime sadness; it’s sweet and nostalgic enough to have you feeling better in no time!
5. Almond Joy Iced Coffee
Almond Joy is one of those controversial candy bars, but people who love the combination of chocolate, coconut, and almond should definitely try this secret menu item from Dunkin’ Donuts. To order it, just ask for an iced coffee with a flavor shot of toasted almond, a flavor shot of coconut, and a swirl of mocha. What you’ll get as a result is a delicious and chocolatey homage to the famous Almond Joy bar. It’s a perfect drink for people who don’t want to admit they have a sweet tooth. The mocha swirl sweetens up the coffee base quite a bit, and the almond and coconut shots work to maintain an interesting flavor profile, making this coffee drink taste like a candy bar. This drink wasn’t always a secret menu item, though: the Almond Joy Iced Coffee actually existed on the original Dunkin’ Donuts menu for a short period of time as a part of their special edition candy-flavored iced coffees sold in the summer of 2016. Sadly, the Almond Joy iced coffee didn’t stick around, and die-hard fans of the drink were disappointed to see it go. Luckily, a fan online leaked this recipe in order to recreate the now-discontinued delight that so many people adored in its hay day. Thank you, Internet!
4. Coco Berry Iced Latte
Another drink inspired by the deliciousness of chocolate-covered fruit, the Coco Berry Iced Latte, is a must-try if you want the tang of berries paired with the sweetness of chocolate. To order it, ask for an iced latte with a sugar-free flavor shot of blueberry, and then add a sweet flavor swirl of mocha to finish it off. The result is similar to the Raspberry Hot Chocolate, but with a more grown-up coffee taste. The espresso adds a rich bitterness to an already good combination, making the Coco Berry Iced Latte a good option for people who want decadence without the overly sweet taste of hot chocolates. Top it off with a blueberry muffin to bring out the fruity flavors even more, and you’ll have yourself one mighty breakfast. Dunkin’ Donuts also has both blueberry and raspberry flavor shots, which gives berry lovers a lot to choose from, and well, Starbucks only has raspberry. Bummer. The combo of chocolate and blueberry is so yummy that it’s recommended by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council as a means of creating an amazing flavor profile. I mean, if the national council on blueberries approves, you can’t go wrong!
3. Frozen Black And White
Sometimes, it pays off to go back to the basics, and that’s never been more true than with the Frozen Black and White. Named after the notorious milkshake, all you have to do to get this secret menu item is ask. When Dunkin’ Donuts’ employees hear you order a Frozen Black and White, they’ll know to combine a Vanilla Bean Coolatta with a Frozen Chocolate to give you those childhood memories back. Because this secret menu item doesn’t have too many bells and whistles, it’s suitable for nearly every occasion. Whether you’re on your way to work or going to a family BBQ, the Frozen Black and White will make you feel refreshed and indulged all at once. The fact that the Black and White is half Coolatta means that it’s not too overbearing but still gives you that chocolate-and-vanilla-swirl taste. If you’re craving a milkshake or an ice cream cone but don’t want to feel too bloated afterward, the Black and White could be a good alternate choice for you. It offers an experience similar to the one you would get at an ice cream parlor, but without the heaviness that often comes with ordering from one.
2. Pina Colada Coolatta
If you want to feel like you’re on vacation in the middle of your workweek, well, look no further because the Pina Colada Coolatta is here for you! This secret menu item is super easy to order: just ask for a Pineapple Coolatta with a Coconut Creme Pie swirl. The result is a refreshing, sweet beverage that’ll take you to a happy place and act as the perfect pick-me-up to brighten up your day. The pineapple and coconut flavor has earned its place in the realm of best flavor combinations, so Dunkin’ should consider giving this secret menu item a bit more attention. It’s so easy to make that employees would likely have no trouble serving it, and should definitely, at least, be considered to be added to their official menu. With stores across the country opening, some people are craving a drink that makes them feel on vacation, and what better way to indulge them than with a Pina Colada Coolatta? It’s nice and sweet but not heavy enough to make you feel overloaded. It would also be a good option to buy for your parents or grandparents, who are likely fantasizing about drinking the real thing on a relaxing tropical beach getaway. You might not be able to give them all of that, but the Pina Colada Coolatta sounds like the next best thing!
1. Caramel Coconut Cream Pie Iced Coffee
What better way to top off our list than with an iced coffee that takes full advantage of Dunkin’ Donuts’ insane customization options? The Caramel Coconut Cream Pie Iced Coffee uses Dunkin’s original iced coffee blend, milk, a flavor shot of caramel, and a coconut cream pie swirl to assert secret menu dominance over Starbucks themselves. The great thing about this drink is its unique focus on coconut: customers are usually more used to the somewhat basic combination of coffee and caramel. It may be a match made in heaven, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. However, this drink’s specific inclusion of a coconut swirl and a caramel flavor shot — as opposed to the other way around, which would put the caramel flavor in the spotlight — makes it stand out as a bold and adventurous choice for coffee lovers everywhere. If you’d like to sweeten the deal a little more, you can add a dollop of whipped cream on top to get that fluffy, creamy texture associated with coconut cream pie. And if you’re not so big on sweetness and don’t mind a bit of extra caffeine, you can add an espresso shot to add some bitterness. Whether you ate coconut cream pie as a kid or simply want to try something new as far as coffee flavors are concerned, Dunkin’s Caramel Coconut Cream Pie Iced Coffee will hopefully exceed all of your expectations.