Dunkin’ Donuts announced last week that they will be offering a new twist on their popular mini-doughnuts: the Pancake Bite. Each Pancake Bite contains a small ball of sausage wrapped in a maple-flavored “pancake” coating. This “breakfast snack” is being promoted as a “poppable” and convenient way to enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast without the effort of cooking it, or even sitting down as a table. “You can take with you on the go, in the car, at work or any time day or night,” said Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler in the press release.
First of all, the idea of a “breakfast snack” already spells out diet disaster. The name implies that you’ll be snacking on Pancake Bites after you’ve already eaten your morning meal. Plus, “eating on the go” is less likely to leave you feeling full and satisfied, and more likely to consume additional calories.
Secondly, it’s not like the Pancake Bite offers you any real nutritional value. A Muchkin has 60 to 80 calories per bite-sized doughnut, depending on the flavor. According to Gothanmist, who has dubbed the new creation the “Meat Muchkin,” Pancake Bites are about 100 calories apiece, and also contain 7 grams of fat. An order comes with three pieces for $1.59 or your diet downfall comes with a discount if you order six pieces for $3.00. The Pancake Bites will only be available for a limited time, and not at all Dunkin’ Donuts locations.
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