TIME TO JUDGE THE DONUTS

DUNKIN’ DONUTS ANNOUNCES A DOZEN FINALISTS FOR “CREATE DUNKIN’S NEXT DONUT” CONTEST! Americans can vote for their favorite finalist online with the Grand prize winner to be announced on National Donut Day, June 5!

Well, peeps, I wasn't a finalist in Dunkin’ Donuts’ first-ever “Create Dunkin’s Next Donut” contest. There were nearly 130,000 donut contest creations submitted online! But Dunkin’ Donuts just announced their 12 finalists who will compete for the chance to win a $12,000 grand prize and have their winning donut sold in participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country.

Americans can vote for their favorite finalist online at www.dunkindonuts.com/donut. The lucky dozen includes:

  • “A Nutter One” – A chocolate butter kreme-filled donut with peanut butter icing and chopped Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups (Carol D'Angio, Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
  • “Bodacious Banana” – A Bananas Foster-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with shredded coconut (Christine Roman, Ellenville, NY)
  • “Chocolate Monkey” – A Bananas Foster-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with Hershey®’s Milk Chocolate shavings (Michelle Ventura, Cranston, RI)
  • “Economic Crunch” – A cake donut with chocolate icing topped with graham cracker crunch and butternut crunch (Michael McNeil, Aliso Viejo, CA)
  • “Frozen Assets” – A chocolate mint Bavarian-filled donut with white icing topped with blue and green sprinkles (Kimberly Brooks, Orlando, FL)
  • “Grandma’s Blueberry Maple Donut” – A blueberry cake donut with maple icing topped with graham cracker crunch (Caitlyn Vandervelde, Coventry, RI)
  • “Mexican Hot Chocolate” – A chocolate cake stick filled with marshmallow and topped with chocolate icing, Hershey®’s Cinnamon shavings and Hershey®’s Vanilla shavings (Jane Boderck, Easton, PA)
  • “Sm’OREO” – A marshmallow-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with OREO® cookie pieces and graham cracker crunch (Laura Sherland, Smithtown, NY)
  • “The Graham Slam” – A marshmallow-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with graham cracker crunch and white sprinkles (Nevrie Dauti, Wayne, NJ)
  • “The King” – A Bananas Foster-filled donut with peanut butter icing and chopped peanuts (James Smith, Mount Vernon, NY)
  • “Toffee For Your Coffee” – A glazed, sour cream cake donut topped with chopped Heath® Bar (Jeff Hager, Hoover, AL)
  • “Tour de France” – A chocolate cake stick with hazelnut kreme glaze (Lindsay Piccotti, Clay, NY)
Finalists were selected based on the following criteria: use of ingredients in donut combination, donut name, and donut story. To learn more about the inspiration behind each donut, visit www.dunkindonuts.com/donut.

Each finalist wins $1,200 and will travel to Dunkin’ Donuts’ University in Braintree, Massachusetts for a bake-off before Dunkin’ Donuts’ culinary team and company leaders. The winning donut will be selected based on the outcome of the bake-off and America’s online public voting. The grand prize winner of the “Create Dunkin’s Next Donut” contest will be unveiled on National Donut Day, June 5, 2009.

Did you vote? Let me know what your winning choice is!

And remember to enter our contest for a dozen donuts! Two winners!

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