Seaweed, Chicken and Mochi: Just a Few of the Surprising Flavors in Dunkin’ Donuts Around the World
Glazed, chocolate and Bavarian cream are boring compared to the doughnut options served in these nine other countries.
Dunkin’ Donuts is the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chain, serving more than 3 million customers a day. With 11,300 restaurants worldwide, the chain is present in 36 countries. While you can always get a classic glazed doughnut here in the United States, you’ll be surprised to learn what Dunkin’ Donuts serves in these counties.
Dried pork is a common ingredient in Chinese cuisine, so not surprisingly, Dunkin’ Donuts China serves a dried pork and seaweed doughnut. This specialty item is topped with dehydrated pork and sprinkled with seaweed to appeal to the Chinese customers’ preference for salty and sweet flavors. Dunkin’ also offers its popular Munchkins, but not in the flavors you’d expect. Munchkins doughnut holes in China come in three flavors: spicy, roast and pizza.
2. South Korea
Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 900 locations throughout South Korea, making it one of the chain’s largest international markets. The most distinguishing feature of Korean food is its spiciness, and Dunkin’ doesn’t disappoint. Dunkin’ Donuts South Korea offers unique doughnut options such as a jalapeno sausage pie doughnut and a kimchi-stuffed savory doughnut. If spice isn’t your thing, there’s also a black rice doughnut you can wash down with a bubble tea latte.
Indian food is known for exotic ingredients, including saffron. Stateside, you can usually find saffron in a dish like Spanish paella, but have you ever thought to put it in a doughnut? Dunkin’ Donuts India serves a Surprising Melody doughnut that includes saffron-infused icing with sprinkled pistachios.
Do you love cheese? Dunkin’ Indonesia has a doughnut unlike any we have seen in the United States: a chocolate-frosted doughnut rolled in vanilla creme and shredded Parmesan cheese. If you can’t get to Indonesia, have the cheese in a savory recipe instead, like these Parmesan Chicken Bites.
Thailand offers a doughnut called the Fruity Paradise, and it sounds like something we should petition to get on our U.S. menu. This fruity creation is a classic glazed doughnut topped with toasted almonds, whipped cream, cherries, kiwi and pineapple. Dunkin’ also serves a requested flavor throughout Asia called the Kai Young. A traditional glazed doughnut, it’s topped with dried, shredded chicken and Thai chili paste.
Dunkin’ Donuts Japan impresses with a unique Mochi Ring doughnut. Made of a delicious glutinous rice that tastes much better than it sounds, mochi doughnuts tear apart in tempting rounds and come in flavors like green tea, chocolate, banana and mango.
7. United Arab Emirates
In the UAE, Dunkin’ has more than 50 varieties of doughnuts, Munchkins, brownies and cookies. One menu item you can’t get in the United States is a date doughnut, a popular option covered in vanilla or chocolate icing and drizzled with date syrup.
Dunkin’ Donuts Peru’s menu features a doughnut filled with manjar blanco—a custard the resembles dulce de leche—topped with chocolate icing, pecans and caramel. If you’re looking for something a little more colorful, check out the Pistachio Rainbow doughnut. This yummy goodness is smothered in pistachio icing and finished with bright rainbow sprinkles.
Bulgaria’s Dunkin’ serves a doughnut that is sure to excite your taste buds. It’s called the Mozart, a yeast doughnut filled with chocolate frosting and decorated with nougat icing and chocolate “rondies” (bonbons). Sounds amazing!
If you’re craving doughnuts as badly as we are, whip up these American classics. They’re cheaper than a plane ticket.