It’s almost impossible to settle the age-old debate between Starbucks and Dunkin’. There are die-hard fans on both sides. Ben Affleck is famously a staunch Dunkin’ superfan, while plenty of other stars swear by their Starbs. Team Delish can’t even come close to picking a favorite. We can, however, acknowledge that Dunkin’ has a massive leg up in one category: the donuts.
We already weighed in on Dunkin’s iced coffee flavors, but this is truly the main event. We ordered all of the mega chain’s creations that we would consider “classic”—no cheesecake cream-filled or seasonal creations in this round. After an epic afternoon sugar rush, we ranked these bad boys (from our least favorite to most favorite), so that next time you find yourself in a donut emergency, you won’t panic and accidentally get a bagel instead.
18. Strawberry-Frosted Donut
This was too sweet, and had an artificial-tasting strawberry flavor, making it the loser of the “classic” donuts. Though, it must be said, the worst Dunkin’ donut is better than no donut at all.
17. Cinnamon-Sugar Donut
While a great idea in theory, the ratio of cinnamon to sugar was way off here. This baby was overpowered by pure cinnamon, and NOT in a good way.
16. Jelly Donut
One taster remarked that the jelly in this confection tasted like a pudding cup, and we’re pretty sure that was not a compliment.
15. Marble-Frosted Donut
A little chocolate, a little vanilla—a whole lotta sweet, if you’re into that kinda thing.
14. Apple-Crumb DonutDonut
Dunkin’ definitely nailed the apple flavor in this, though it’s more “gas station apple pie” than homemade. Plus, the “crumb” topping is a little weird, which is not the adjective we feel they were going for.
13. Blueberry Donut
While one of our tasters proclaimed this to be her absolute favorite, the rest of us just couldn’t get past the sweetness explosion. It’s like they dipped already sweet blueberries into a sugar bath and then baked them into a sugar donut.
12. Chocolate Kreme-Filled Donut
One taster said this reminded her of chocolate frosting from a can, which we don’t necessarily think is totally a bad thing, though you might.
9. Boston Kreme Pie Donut
There was one vocal hater of this donut, but most of us thought this was the best of the filled-donut category. It definitely gives you the chocolate-custardy flavor of the classic Beantown dessert.
8. Coconut Donut
Two bites in some of us were like, calm down coconut, but everyone else without a personal vendetta against the flavor raved about this admittedly pretty option.
7. Chocolate-Frosted Donut
Definitely the best of the frosted bunch, and how could it not be? The chocolate tastes legit and the sprinkles add the perfect amount of fun.
6. Old-Fashioned Donut
This donut is begging for a dunk, but despite any built-in dryness, it’s still pretty damn tasty. It reminds us of visits to the donut shop when we were kids, the warm memories probably affecting the taste.
5. Powered Sugar Donut
Delicious, but it is extra sweet in a good way. Also, a warning, if you think the old-fashioned is dry, then inhaling the powder from this isn’t going to help our cause in convincing you this belongs higher on the list.
4. Sour Cream Donut
This was unexpected. In fact, it had us reconsidering our life choices because we clearly hadn’t been eating enough sour cream donuts. Cake-y, perfectly frosted, and with a unique texture, consider us converts.
Like funnel cake in donut form, this favorite is often sold out at Dunkin’ locations. Perfectly sweet with a great texture, we also love to pull the layers apart to make sure we are getting maximum sugar in every bite.
2. Glazed Donut
The Zeus on the mountaintop of donuts, Dunkin’s version of glazed is pretty great. It has a nice distribution of glaze, a fluffy texture, and is not too greasy. We won’t call it perfect, but there’s a reason this glazed donut is the baseline all other Dunkin’ Donuts are measured against.
1. Chocolate-Glazed Cake Donut
How can you improve upon the splendor that is a classic glazed donut? Make it chocolate. That pedigree plus the extra bonus of this guy’s cakey texture makes it seriously difficult to pass by the bazillion Dunkin’ locations we walk by every day.