Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Truth in Advertising?

I've been wondering about something lately that has me rather perplexed ... how can Dunkin' Donuts claim that America runs on Dunkin' when they don't even have stores in all of the states of America?

Is not North Dakota part of America? Is not Utah part of America? Is not Arkansas part of America? None of these states have a Dunkin' Donuts franchise and neither do a bunch of others. As a matter of fact, there is not a single one in all of California or Washington or Idaho or Montana or even Minnesota - all states that probably drink plenty of coffee but not any that they can get from the place that claims to have the coffee that America runs on.

How can this be truth in advertising? How you can a company lay claim to providing the coffee that America runs on when a good number of Americans have no way of obtaining it? Granted, there are more than 5,200 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants located in 36 states but unless my math is wrong, that leaves 14 states that cannot possibly run on Dunkin'!

Perhaps the ad execs are hoping that by proclaiming America runs on Dunkin' that eventually there will be Dunkin' Donuts franchises from sea to shining sea and that they will wipe out the competition from places like Starbucks, Steamin' Joes, Caribou Coffee, Tim Horton's, Coffee Time, Gloria Jean's, Krispy Kreme, Chock Full o' Nuts, and my personal favorite - Bad Ass Coffee - the coffee with an attitude!** Unfortunately we have none of those here in Connecticut but if we did you can damn well bet I'd be buying my morning cup of joe from those guys as I'm sure a cup of their coffee would definitely have you up and running rather than wondering if you'd ordered a decaf by mistake!

Now don't get me wrong, I do enjoy an occasional coffee from D&D - especially a nice big iced coffee in the warmer months - but the number of them that have popped up around here lately is quite alarming. Here in Norwich we have at least six or seven Dunks (more if you want to count the ones located in WalMart and Stop & Shop) and not much of anything else in the area except for a lone Tim Horton's sandwiched in between two D&Ds on the west side of town or fast-food coffee in the form of McDonald's or Burger King (blech).

Frankly I don't think it's accurate to say that America runs on Dunkin' but I can sure say that Dunkin' is running everything else out of town - least ways here in Norwich!

It's just too bad Amanda can't get a job at any of them but I get the feeling they're probably not hiring zombies ... though Amanda tells me that zombies run on Dunkin' when they can't get any fresh blood! Kid kinda looks like she needs some coffee, doesn't she??

**This is in no way an advertisement for Bad Ass Coffee - I just think the name is cool and I'd definitely go there if we had one around so if people asked me what I was drinking I could say it was a Bad Ass cup of coffee! Yeah, yeah, I know, I can be so juvenile sometimes!


  1. I love a great cuppa coffee! Living in a small city now, we have no Dunkin Donuts, much to my Dad's deep disappointment! However, I really love McDonald's new McCafe. The coffee is yummy, and I get it every morning on the way to work.

  2. I only drink Decaf coffe but I'd prefer to say "I'm drinking a bad ass cup of decaf" too! :)

    I tagged you for a meme honey, it's only a small one I promise. x

  3. Interesting thought, Linda. I only drink coffee occasionaly, I'm more of a tea girl... I think that most of the advertisenments have false info. That's how they get the peeps that do not do they research ;o)

  4. Anonymous8:46 AM EDT

    We just got a DD two years ago. For Fast Food coffee I get a large McD's (6 creamers and 6 splenda shots).

    Right now I'm hooked on Trader Joe's Bay Blend. It's a good full-bodied cup with no bitterness.

    Favorite coffees: First Watch restaurant (none here in Nashville), and The Roasterie in KC.

  5. We're inundated with them too, but I personally prefer Tim Horton's, though the closest is in Canada. I stop at least once a day when we vacation in the 1000 Islands, matter of fact, I will be there in less than a month! Whoo hoo!!

  6. The dunkins near here closed down. It was poorly run but always busy. I have a Boarders next to work and a Starbucks inside. Its convenient.

  7. There is a DD over in Clearfield -our county seat -which is about 22 miles from us so that's a bit of a run if I were in dire need of a cup of coffee. Right now though, I really could use a cup of "bad ass" coffee here -just not waking up quickly enough!

  8. I remember seeing bookoodles of DD in Connecticut. There seemed to be one on every corner. I asked for iced tea once and they served it in a can. A can??!!

    We have Krispy Kreme here.

  9. There IS a DD in Sacramento, CA... I found it the other day :o) Haven't been there yet, but the directory says it's on Power Inn Road. That's on the way to the Social Security office where I must get myself soon. So I shall check it out.

  10. Just a thought... they may not have DD shops but most grocery stores are selling their coffee now. So that could make their claim valid?

  11. What a Story... HA! I have seen the DD's around in California only to be closed like we are talking 25 years gone by. There is one in Salem... I don't seem to go there... we have Dutch brothers and little fly by night grampa looking little coffee stands and of course Starbucks.. I really like Mcdonalds Vanilla Iced Mocha... cheap and oh so fattening... Thanks for the post this was fun.. I want some of that Bad Ass Coffee. :)

  12. I've never been to a D & D. Bad Ass Coffee either. I don't eat donuts or go to Starbucks either, so it would be wasted on me. I can see your point though. If they aren't here and there then they can't be saying America runs on Dunkin.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  13. we buy dd coffee in sams club and make it at home. i like those white donuts with the red in the middle. if you are on weight watchers they are five points. but if you stick your finger in it and scoop out all the red stuff it's only three points. then i lick my finger...

    smiles, bee

  14. Some Bad Ass coffee sounds pretty good right about now.
    There are Dunkin Donuts in Michigan, but none near me!
    In fact, there are NO coffee shops in all of Dowagiac. Such a sad story.
    I would be at DD every day if there was one, so it's probably good for my budget that there's not one, but still...
    Maybe Amanda needs to found Zombie Coffee.

  15. I only go to DD for iced coffee and I try real hard not to look at the doughnuts

    I hear the McCafe is really good

    I think that once you buy the coffee you're allowed to call it bad ass ;)
    I know I do

  16. A cup of Dunkin sounds good right now. They are in all our Stop & Shop supermarkets now. I'm limited to how much caffeine I can have, so I steer clear of them, having had my quota at breakfast.

  17. I like DD coffee, and we have a Heavn'ly Donuts that has good java. I don't think there are too many of those places. One in Mass. maybe.

    I love the Newman's Own coffee at McDonald's.

  18. Anonymous4:49 PM EDT

    There are so many DD's around here too. It's kind of crazy. I'm not a huge fan of their doughnuts either so I don't go there too often.

  19. We can get D&D in the grocery. Maybe that's what they mean? Your city or state may not have a D&D store, but you can still buy the coffee?

    I dunno. I go to Tully's or Starbucks when I want a coffee.

  20. We have a lot of little coffee kiosks all over town. When I worked I liked to stop and get an iced mocha at the "Supreme Bean." I've tried Mc D's iced coffees - not bad; but I have to admit, Starbucks is my favorite.
    On our first trip to Hawai'i, (Oahu) there were ABC stores on every corner (like a 7-11). Across from our hotel was a little joint that served fresh ice cream. So a few mornings, our breakfast consisted of fresh mango ice cream and coffee!!! Yummy!
    I know I'd be a "bad-ass" if I didn't have coffee in the a.m.!
    ~~~How does Sandee do it? No coffee, no donuts, no TV.....

  21. Anonymous2:04 PM EDT

    your kid needs meds.


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