Posted tagged ‘Dunkin’ donuts’

Looking to save some money? One solution is making your own iced coffee.

January 31, 2011

My fiance drinks iced coffee pretty much every day, and he used to only buy it from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or another coffee shop. But now he’s primarily making his own. It’s easy to make, it tastes comparably good, and it’s clearly saving us money.

We put hot coffee in this thermos (after making the coffee in our trusty Mr. Coffee machine), place the thermos in the fridge, and after an hour and a half the coffee is ready. Just add ice and voila, you're set.

Let’s see about how much we’re saving. I would say that an iced coffee, on average, costs $1.80 at a coffee shop. Let’s hold that thought for a minute. Now, yesterday I bought a 33.9-ounce container of Chock full o’ Nuts coffee for $7. According to Kmart’s website, 33.9 ounces of coffee can make up to 270 cups of coffee. Well, since we like our coffee fairly strong, we’ll say the canister makes 200 cups of coffee.

Seven dollars divided by 200 is 3.5 cents. So making our own iced coffee costs us 3.5 cents per cup, compared with $1.80 at a coffee shop. That’s a savings of about $1.76 per cup, and a savings of about $642 over the course of a whole year (provided you drink one iced coffee a day). That’s fairly significant, I’d say. While making your own iced coffee requires you to think ahead, you also save gas money (by not having to drive to a coffee shop), and help out the environment (by not using and throwing away a plastic coffee container).

How often do you see people dunking at Dunkin’ Donuts?

June 16, 2010

I’m a huge fan of dunking things in my coffee. I mean, I love coffee, and yummy treats taste even yummier when they are soaked in it.

The picture above shows one of my favorite breakfast treats for dunking– Stella D’oro Margherite vanilla cookies. They are sold at most grocery stores.

The package of cookies isn’t too expensive (between $3 and $4), and you can make it stretch for a little while if you have about three cookies per breakfast.

I also really like Stella D’oro’s almond toast and almond biscotti. And sometimes I buy the Margherite combo cookies, which are a combination of chocolate and vanilla cookies.

Here are some other things I love to dunk:

  • Madeleine cakes
  • Chocolate croissants (Panera has really good ones called “chocolate pastries.”)
  • Regular croissants
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Plain donuts

I prefer dunking plain donuts to donuts with more flavor because they absorb coffee better. Also, coffee gives the plain donut a better taste, whereas flavored donuts already taste really good. Additionally, plain donuts are much healthier.

The title of this post is “How often do you see people dunking at Dunkin’ Donuts?” I was thinking of this a couple of weeks ago when I was in a Dunkin’ Donuts. The first thing I realized is not a lot of people actually eat their coffee and/or food there. The second thing I realized is no one was dunking.

I think that Dunkin’ Donuts probably doesn’t emphasize the dunking aspect of its business in its ads because that would prompt people to buy plain donuts and regular hot coffee instead of the more expensive fancier donuts and coffee drinks.

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