Dunkin’ Donuts is not normally known as the “hip” or “hipster” spot. Coffeehouse chains like Starbucks are typically known for their natural options, and vegan or vegetarian types of substitutes, but that has all changed.
Dunkin’ Donuts, the choice of the thrifty and every man, has now officially chosen to offer Almond milk for all of their coffee and espresso drinks.
Boston Globe reports, that now, Vegans can rejoice.
Dunkin’ Donuts, through a partnership with Blue Diamond, is now offering Blue Diamond vanilla flavored Almond Breeze Almondmilk for customers desiring a dairy-free option. According to a press release, certain locations throughout the country will now be able to accommodate customers looking to avoid dairy. When asked, Dunkin’ said that almond milk is the first dairy-free option they have ever offered in most locations nationwide, although some franchises already offer soy milk that is purchased locally. Most of their traditional donuts do not contain milk or eggs, but since they can come in contact with such products, they can’t be labeled as ‘vegan.’
According to Restaurant News, the vegetarian option will be available at the majority of the Dunkin’ Donut’s 7500 locations, but could potentially be at a charge.
Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk is now available at about 75 percent of domestic locations. Parent company Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has suggested a 50-cent surcharge for adding almond milk instead of dairy to hot or iced coffee, although pricing is at the discretion of franchisees.
Some might say that the big change has something to do with their new expansion that has arrived in some unlikely places. At the end of August, Dunkin’ Donuts has arrived on the west coast. The Inquisitr reported on Sunday about the big California openings.
There has been a line down the street to get in to Dunkin’ Donuts for days. The Massachusetts chain opened its first California store in Los Angeles last Tuesday, September 2, and despite the city’s reputation for cool hipsters that prefer all-natural, organic food and the finest upscale coffee brews available, Dunkin’ Donuts is a huge hit. The feverish response to the arrival of Dunkin’ Donuts has perplexed the supposed taste makers of LA. Online foodie haven Eater LA cried, ‘Why, Los Angeles, why?’
Who knows what has taken Dunkin’ Donuts so long to offer Almond milk, and to move to California, but it has certainly been a welcome surprise to the “hip”, the hipster, and all meatless eaters.
What are your thoughts about Dunkin’ Donut’s latest moves? Will you now step foot in a Dunkin’, if you have not already?