6 Things You Didn't Know About Dunkin' Donuts

An original Dunkin' Donuts sign in Allston, Mass.An original Dunkin' Donuts sign in Allston, Mass.Dunkin' Donuts is a staple coffee and doughnut destination for many Americans, but we bet you didn't know that the company was founded in 1950, and within 4 years, founder William Rosenberg had already opened 5 locations. We set out to get to know Dunkin' Donuts a little better, and discover some of the secrets that the chain coffee shop may have been hiding from us. We certainly didn't realize that there were over 15,000 ways to order your coffee and there's no way all these interesting drink developments are on Dunkin' menus across the world. If you have a secret Dunkin' Donuts recipe leave it in the comments section and we might be able to re-create the Starbucks Secret Menu story with some Dunkin' recipes!

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But more on Dunkin' - had you any idea that there were so many interesting facts about your favorite coffee and doughnut brand? We couldn't keep them all to ourselves so we thought we would let you in on a few of the secrets. If you haven't traveled overseas lately you might not know that Dunkin' is actually called Dunkin' Coffee in Spain and there's a specially crafted doughnut for each country that is home to a Dunkin' Donuts. Each country has created a special doughnut that represents the local fare. Here in America we're assuming it's the glazed doughnut, but maybe there's always a chance that the special glazed doughnut breakfast sandwich that uses both egg and bacon is our signature Dunkin' Donuts menu item.

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Now onto the coffee, Dunkin' has thousands of ways that you can order your drink and even offered a few tips on how to cut the calories down. And in case you were wondering, the Dunkaccino is still widely available even if you don't see it on the menu. For Dunkin' newbies, a Dunkaccino is an exceptional blend of Dunkin' coffee and hot chocolate. The drink adds a little bit of mocha to your life and we can't get over it. There's also the turbo which is an extra shot of espresso that you can add to pretty much any drink on the menu to give yourself a nice little afternoon kick. The options seem endless over at Dunkin' Donuts and now you have 6 things you never knew about the brand before. Go forth and spread your new Dunkin' knowledge!

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Where it All Began

The first Dunkin' Donuts was opened in 1950 in Quincy, Mass.

Add Some Bacon

Dunkin' has a glazed doughnut breakfast sandwich and you can add bacon to it for an extra flavor kick.

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Flavor Your Coffee

Dunkin' offers flavor swirls which are pre-sweetened but if you're counting your calories you can opt for the Flavor Shots which are un-sweetened and sugar free.

Quality Control

There are Dunkin' Donuts coffee experts that taste an average of 200 cups of coffee a day to ensure that they're delivering the best possible coffee to consumers.

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Fred the Baker

The original Dunkin' Donuts commercial produced in 1982 featured Fred the Baker who used this signature line, "Time to make the doughnuts!" This character was played by Michael Vale.

Deep Roots

The picture to the left depicts the last known "original" Dunkin' Donuts sign in Massachusetts. The sign was located at the corner of Market and North Beacon streets in Brighton. It was reported that some Bostonians shed tears when the sign was taken down due to structural hazards.

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-Juliet Tierney, The Daily Meal