Can’t we just let doughnuts be?
On Wednesday’s food page, we ran a story about Dunkin’ Donuts’ new menu item: The glazed doughnut bacon and egg sandwich.
Apparently the chain tested the sandwich in some of their stores in Eastern Massachusetts and it went over well enough to launch nationwide. The sandwich hit stores Thursday.
I was skeptical from the start. I like bacon and I like doughnuts. I can’t say I like the egg because the “egg sponge” (a term coined by Dispatch cops reporter Liz Evans) used by most fast-food chains has never sat well with me. But all of that together? It just didn’t seem that appetizing.
But, as with most things, Dispatch columnist Larry Hicks felt the need to disagree with me when he read the story Tuesday afternoon. He said he thought the sandwich sounded pretty good and even tried to make the (unconvincing) argument that doughnuts and bagels are similar, as many of DD’s sandwiches are served on bagels, so it wasn’t that big of a difference.
Bagels and doughnuts, aside from their shape and size, are two TOTALLY different things. Doughnuts are deep-fried pieces of soft dough ideal for sweet additions like chocolate, jelly and sprinkles. They are just fine on their own. No need to improve them. Bagels, on the other hand, are dense and hearty, perfect for sandwiches of any kind. In fact, given the choice, I would put a sandwich on a bagel over regular bread any day.
But, Hicks was insistent. He told me I needed to try the sandwich before I passed judgment. I told him if he wanted to buy me one, I’d try it, but I wouldn’t waste my own money on such a thing.
Fast forward to this morning when, ironically enough on National Donut Day, Hicks came into the office and handed me a bag from Dunkin’ Donuts. Inside was the doughnut sandwich in question.
I asked Hicks if he had tried it, and he said yes, but he wouldn’t give me his opinion until I tasted it.
So I did.
And it was just as gross as I imagined.
The doughnut was soggy and couldn’t stand up to the egg and bacon. It was also incredibly sticky and after just two bites, I felt like I needed to take a shower. It just wasn’t for me.
And surprisingly, it wasn’t for Larry either.
He claimed that the flavor combination was OK with him, but the soggy, messy doughnut was too much. Plus the $4.75 price tag was a little steep. He even admitted that the doughnut was nothing like a bagel.
So, in not so many words, Hicks admitted I was right. My day is complete.
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