Rachel Davis from Sharon, Massachusetts recently won the U.S. Dunkin' Donuts 2010 best new donut award. It's called "Monkey-see Monkey-donut" and, filled with Bananas Foster, frosted in chocolate with Reese's Cup shavings, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser. But, it's not exotic. If you want exotic, wait until you see what other countries are doing with their DDs - How about a Pork Floss Dunkin' Donut? Or...
1. Dunkin' Donuts Green Tea Chewisty From Korea
Green Tea Chewisty Dunkin Donuts From Korea: image via buzzfeed.com
2. Dunkin' Donuts Siam Square Donuts From Siam
They call it their '2 in 1', Double Berry jelly donut. Now this is appealing!
Siam Square Dunkin' Donuts from Siam: image via buzzfeed.com
3. Dunkin' Donuts Lychee Orange, Lychee Blackcurrant, and Dorian, From Indonesia
Mixing the sweet native lychee fruit with orange and blackcurrant give these donuts very familiar flavors to Indonesians. Nothing can be mixed with the dorian fruit because its smell is so overpowering it would kill any other flavor. As for dorian, it's a 'developed' taste.
Lychee fruit: image via Wikipedia Lychee fruit: image via Wikipedia
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4. Dunkin' Donuts Kimchi Croquette, From Korea
Kimchi, 'national dish' of Korea: image via Wikipedia Kimchi is a cooked vegetable dish made with cabbage and other vegetables like green onion, chive, cucumber, and radish, served at nearly every Korean meal, in some variety. It is said that if a Korean goes without Kimchi for even a few days, his body will begin to crave it. Alas, it's no surprise that it had to go into a Dunkin' Donut.
Kimchi Croquette Dunkin' Donut, Korea
5. Dunkin' Donuts Wasabi Cheese and Seaweed Cheese, From Singapore
Raw wasabi: image via Wikipedia
In the U.S., Wasabi is known as Japanese horseradish and it is a member of the same family; it's quite a bit hotter though. For one thing, if you eat a Wasabi donut in the morning, it's sure to wake you up! Gratefully (sic), one cannot make cheese out of wasabi or seaweed; these cheeses are 'acheeved' by mixing the wasabi or seaweed into an animal-derived cheese. Plain cream cheese will work, but a goat cheese is more common.
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6. Dunkin' Donuts Glutinous Rice Stick Donut, From Korean
Actually, Sticky Rice Stick or Sweet Rice Stick might sound better to the Anglo ear, but don't let the name turn you off. These are bound to be yummy. Wonder what a rice pudding donut would be like?
Glutinous Rice Stick Donut, Dunkin' Donuts, Korea: image via buzzfeed.com
7. Dunkin' Donuts Pork Floss Donuts, From China
It's not what you use to floss a pig's teeth, so no need to cringe. It's called Rousong and is very popular in Chinese cuisine as bun filling (Dim Sum) or dried as a topping, as in these Pork Floss donuts. The process for cooking is much like the ways we make pork barbecue, only different sauces are used to flavor. The pork floss on these donuts may have been fried.
Pork Floss Dunkin' Donuts, China: image via buzzfeed.com
8. Dunkin' Donuts Red Bean Donut, From Indonesia
Azuki bean paste is another common dish in Asia. It is served in many ways, but is often used in confections. Here, most likely, the red beans were boiled, mashed, and sweetened with sugar or honey.
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9. Dunkin' Donuts Donut Ball Sticks, From Thailand
Don't know what's in the balls; maybe they're regular cake or raised donut holes. But they sure are cute, clever, and undoubtedly sweet!
Donut Ball Sticks at Dunkin' Donuts, Thailand: image via buzzfeed.com
10. Dunkin' Donuts Mojito and Banana Daiquiri Donuts, From Spain
Borrowing from the Caribbean's favorite cocktails, the flavors of Mojito (sweet and tart) and the sweet Banana Daiquiri, the Spanish have created donut cocktails. Did you ever get drunk from a donut?
Mojito and Banana Daiquiri Dunkin' Donuts, Spain: image via buzzfeed.com
11. Dunkin' Donut Monkey-see Monkey-donut, From U.S.
A bananas Foster donut may not seem as exotic as those above, but it sure sounds and looks delicious to me. Rachel Davis from Sharon, MA, came in first in Dunkin's 2010 donut-creating contest, and if you want to look at all the runners up to get your donut juices going, take a look at these. In the meantime, congratulations Rachel; we'll be looking for the Monkey-see Monkey-donut this fall at our local stores.
Monkey-see Monkey-donut wins 2010 Dunkin Donut prise: ©Dunkin' Donuts
Talk about favorite comfort foods... I'm outa' here!
sources: Buzzfeed.com, Dunkin'Donuts, Wikipedia