Dunkin’ Donuts’ Doughnut Bacon Sandwich Isn’t As Bad As You Think

What's in it? Mounds of fried eggs and slices of lightly salted, cherrywood-smoked bacon gathered into the sweet, sweet embrace of a "light and fluffy" split glazed doughnut.

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The most surprising thing about Dunkin’ Donuts’ forthcoming paean to doughnut-bacon confectionary amour? It’s only 360 calories, which, it turns out, is 30 calories less than the breakfast chain’s healthier-eating-angled turkey sausage sandwich. Go figure.

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Yes, the Doughnut Bacon Sandwich is officially a thing: mounds of fried eggs and slices of lightly salted, cherrywood-smoked bacon gathered into the sweet, sweet embrace of a “light and fluffy” split glazed doughnut. Dunkin’ Donuts says it’ll roll the sandwich out nationwide at participating stores this Friday, June 7 (“nationwide” meaning mostly east of the Mississippi, where the majority of Dunkin’ Donuts stores exist, of course). Until now, the sweet innovation had only been available in a few stores in eastern Massachusetts since April. The rollout coincides with National Donut Day, though fear not — the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich isn’t a limited-time item created only for this day of days; it’ll be a permanent menu fixture.

What mad genius dreamt it up? According to Dunkin’ Donuts’ product innovation honcho Stan Frankenthaler, “The Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich came about by combining some of our favorite Dunkin’ products from different sides of our business and taking it to the next level to experiment with savory and sweet flavors.” Also, apparently not as simple to prepare as it sounds: “We had to train our crew members on constructing the sandwich – slicing the donut, adding the fried egg and bacon.”

Still, lest the words doughnut and bacon used in a sentence together sound unseemly, Dunkin’ is simply following in a line of eye (and belt) popping culinary pioneers. Surely you’ve heard of Chicken Charlie’s Krispy Kreme Sandwich: a piece of chicken nestled between two raspberry jelly-filled Krispy Kreme doughnuts? How about the restaurant’s new 2013 franken-food-vention: the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe?

And remember, just 360 calories. How does that compare to Chicken Charlie’s Krispy Kreme Sandwich (with optional Swiss cheese and honey)? The Seattle Times estimated it clocks in at up to 565.

[Update: As some are rightly pointing out, calorie count is only part of the story; if you want the full nutritional picture, DD offers a full ingredient breakdown, including metrics like fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium count.]

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24 comments
Bobby08
Bobby08

I dont care about fats or calories. I care about the chemicals to mass produce this crappy as dood. "Not as bad as u think".... Yeah, because its probably much worse. Wake up America, your eating junk that will take years off of your life. Just like how they say cigarettes can take 10years of your life. Well guess what, all these chemicals and fats can as well.

TDL
TDL

This is a variation of "The Luther Burger" satirized in the Boondocks and is not all that unique. It probably tastes better than a McGriddle though. Regardless of calories, this is definitely not healthy by any means.

RoySmalley
RoySmalley

Did anyone notice that one of the ingredients is "propylene glycol"?  That's right - the secret ingredient in your "just 360 calories" sandwich is ANTIFREEZE.

klavensgiunta
klavensgiunta

I concur with rob5.  Sodium content is sky high as well and 40% of the fat is saturated fat and there is most likely some wonderfully bad for you  trans fats as well.  In addition, the smoke that results from frying foods creates carcinogenic substances that contaminate food.  Not a good idea at all.  Calories are the least of it.

rob5
rob5

I'd like to add that this sandwich gets 50% of its calories from fat (and it's a virtual guarantee that those fat sources aren't healthy ones). Don't even make me go to the 8g of saturated fat or the fact that 30% of your daily sodium intake comes from one little sandwich that'll probably last about 5 minutes.

DilbertDoe
DilbertDoe

So sick and tired of all you "food police" idiots. Look at the comments, everytime an article about food is published these roaches come out of the woodworks. If you don't want to eat the sandwich...then don't buy one! Let others make their own choice, Mr. and Mrs. Goodytwoshoes.

kuei12
kuei12

And, a better alternative to being really stupid is being slightly less stupid.

WilliamStollar
WilliamStollar

I could feel my arteries hardening just by reading this article. I love doughnuts, as does most people, and I love a skice of bacon now and then, bu this combination is a real "widow-maker."

JulieM.Rich
JulieM.Rich

I skipped straight to the comments for the same reason. 

RobinForoutanRD
RobinForoutanRD

This article is this nutritionist's nightmare! When you focus only on calories, you miss the whole picture.  Even if this sandwich were under 400 calories, you have to ask yourself, what do you get for those calories? The actual ingredients are sure to be more mysterious, but we can bet on the following ingredients. Sugar: pro-inflammatory, addictive, weakens the immune system, the driver of heart disease, diabetes and possibly cancer - no nutritional value there.  Refined white flour: devoid of nutrients, also pro-inflammatory, increases appetite and triggers overeating, also a driver of of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.  Bacon from conventionally raised pork, chock full of toxins and hormones, cooked at extremely high temperatures, which creates cancer causing compounds.  Trans fats, which undeniably cause heart disease and body-wide inflammation.  And then we've got the egg, which is actually a healthy food. Aren't Americans sick and tired of dying from preventable diseases?  Or are we content to be sick, tired AND dying from preventable disease? Call me, @mattpeckham! Let's spread the word about the power of food to heal or harm! Because this donut bacon sandwich is WORSE than you think!

SandraL
SandraL

Okay, I still think it sounds thoroughly disgusting, but I'm impressed that they managed to keep the calorie-count so low, given that it's made of bacon, eggs and a doughnut!


bigrykerboja
bigrykerboja

Not all calories are created equal! Come on man! Think before you write!

sorcerian
sorcerian

"Matt Peckham is TIME's video games, science tech and music tech correspondent"

 Okay, so why is he writing about health and nutrition?

AidanGoggins
AidanGoggins

Imagine my lack of surprise to find the author's Master's is in no way related to nutrition, health or science. 

It's OK because it is low calorie. Well done. What's on the menu tomorrow in remedial nutrition 101?

ThatGuy33
ThatGuy33

According to the Dunkin' Donuts website, their "glazed cake donut" is 360 calories by itself.  Now, unless they are making this sandwich donut smaller, there is no way the whole sandwich is 360 calories.  It would see you are reporting incorrect information.

Pravitus
Pravitus

Not even bothering to actually read the article. Skipping straight to comments.

This is hilarious.   What a stupid review!   "Not as bad as you think".

Why waste time on the article to begin with ?


ChrisShull
ChrisShull

Hey Matt,

Maybe you should have published the saturated fat and trans fat content, not to mention sodium and cholesterol.  Just 360 calories seems to imply this culinary atrocity might not be all that bad for you.

Bobby08
Bobby08

Food police? Dood grow up. Just because people criticize unhealthy food you don't need to whine.

Do u not see people complaining about cigarettes? Drugs like marijuana? Well the chemicals that goes into these foods can be just like harmful drugs. So next time u see anyone complaining about unhealthy products, go whine like a lil immature boy.

shelly_b
shelly_b

@RobinForoutanRD @mattpeckham Nice rebuttal Robin!  may I add--complete lack of fiber, pigs probably fed GMOs, complete absence of vegetables and fruit, low phytonutrient content, low antioxidant content.  I reality this meal is far more dangerous than people realize.  We are living in a society where people are becoming more and more obese; diabetes has become epidemic; the life expectancy for women in certain parts of the country has decreased.  Instead of trying to convince people that unhealthy food isn't too bad, why not try to be part of the solution, Matt Peckham.  As a writer, you could do so much good!

mattpeckham
mattpeckham

@RobinForoutanRD @mattpeckham Well of course Robin. That's why it's titled "not as bad as," which isn't to say not bad (or even not terrible) for you. No one's suggesting that it's nutritionally intelligent.

SandraL
SandraL

@ThatGuy33 - I just checked the website. The glazed donut (not glazed cake donut, which is something different) is 260 calories. So that leaves another 100 calories for bacon and eggs. Sounds legit.

Mind you, I still wouldn't put this thing in my mouth.

RobinForoutanRD
RobinForoutanRD

@mattpeckham @RobinForoutanRD @mattpeckham Hey, Matt - thanks for responding!  I'd actually argue that saying that something is not as bad as you'd think, suggests that it's better than you'd think. And it seems that the general public is so concerned with calories, that they don't see the non-caloric, very real harm lurking in these foods.  It did make for an eye-catching title though!

MistrYdobon
MistrYdobon

@SandraL @ThatGuy33 

It's not impossible, but I'm still doubtful.

If the doughnut is 260, a small serving of fried eggs whites are about 50 calories, and a slice and a half of bacon is 50 calories, then 360 would be about right. 

So this could be legit if the sandwich is kind of small and has no egg yolk. That said, restaurant calorie info is completely unregulated. What they post doesn't have to match up with what you buy at all. I'd bet this thing is closer to 500 calories ... and delicious.


RainyT
RainyT

@MistrYdobon @SandraL @ThatGuy33well, the Bacon, Egg & Cheese seems to be ~150 calories  (290 on english muffin - 140 for a plain english muffin), and this one has has no cheese (a Kraft American cheese single is 60 calories), so it does seem to be quite plausible that it could be 360 calories (260+150-60=350)