Is Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Vegan? A Fall Flavor Exploration

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As autumn rolls around in 2022, the air gets crisper, the leaves turn vibrant hues, and the aroma of pumpkin-spiced everything fills the atmosphere. Dunkin’, a popular coffee and donut chain, is no stranger to this seasonal trend. Pumpkin-flavored beverages and treats grace their menus, but the burning question remains: “Is Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice vegan?” In this article, we embark on a quest to decipher which, if any, of Dunkin’s pumpkin offerings are suitable for vegans. Let’s dive right in!

Dunkin’s Pumpkin Spice Latte – A Dairy Dilemma

The Pumpkin Spice Latte at Dunkin’ is a beloved autumn staple, but for vegans, it comes with a disappointing twist. This beverage is crafted with Dunkin’s Pumpkin Flavored Swirl syrup, which, unfortunately, contains dairy. Let’s examine the ingredients list for Dunkin’s Pumpkin Flavored Swirl Syrup:

  • Sweetened Condensed Nonfat Milk (Nonfat Milk, Sugar)
  • Sugar
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Water
  • Brown Sugar (Sugar, Molasses)
  • Caramel Color
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors
  • Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
  • Mono and Diglycerides
  • Disodium Phosphate
  • Salt

The standout ingredient here is sweetened condensed milk, a clear indicator that this syrup is not vegan-friendly. Regrettably, the Pumpkin Spice Latte falls short of being a vegan option.

More Pumpkin Flavored Disappointments

Now that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is off the table for vegans, what about other pumpkin-themed offerings at Dunkin’? Brace yourselves; the news isn’t much better. It turns out that nearly every pumpkin-flavored coffee drink at Dunkin’ relies on the problematic Pumpkin Flavored Swirl Syrup, rendering them unsuitable for vegans.

Is the Dunkin’ Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Vegan?

The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew at Dunkin’ stands out because it doesn’t use the Pumpkin Swirl syrup. However, it’s crafted with Pumpkin Flavored Cream Cold Foam, which includes milk and cream—making it a no-go for vegans.

Ingredients in Pumpkin Flavored Cream Cold Foam:

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Pumpkin
  • Natural Flavors
  • Mono and Diglycerides
  • Disodium Phosphate
  • Gellan Gum
  • Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color
  • Salt

Is the Dunkin’s Pumpkin Chai Latte Vegan?

The Pumpkin Chai Latte combines the Pumpkin Flavored Swirl Syrup (the same culprit as in the Pumpkin Spice Latte) with Chai Tea Syrup and Brewed Chai Tea Extract, among other ingredients. Unfortunately, this means it’s also not suitable for vegans.

Is the NEW Nutty Pumpkin Coffee Vegan?

Regrettably, the Nutty Pumpkin Coffee simply blends the Pumpkin Flavored Swirl Syrup with Hazelnut Flavor. As you might have guessed by now, the Pumpkin Flavored Swirl Syrup is not vegan.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Off-Limits for Vegans

Dunkin’ Donuts, as of August 2022, offers zero vegan-friendly donuts. This includes the Pumpkin Donut (contains eggs and milk), the Pumpkin Shaped Boston Kreme Donut (contains eggs and milk), the Pumpkin Shaped Jelly Donut (contains eggs and milk), and the Pumpkin Shaped Vanilla Creme Donut (contains eggs and milk). Even the Pumpkin Munchkins are made with eggs and milk, making them a no-go for vegans as well.

So, What Is Vegan at Dunkin’?

If you’re a vegan seeking fall-inspired delights at Dunkin’, don’t despair. You still have options to create your own vegan-friendly beverages. Pair one of these Dunkin’ flavor shots with your choice of Oat, Almond, or Soy Milk:

  • Mocha Swirl
  • Chai Tea Flavor
  • Vanilla Flavor
  • Caramel Flavor
  • Toasted Almond Flavor
  • Blueberry Flavor
  • Raspberry Flavor

Additionally, consider trying these fall-like drinks that can be customized to be vegan:

  • Mocha Hazelnut Latte (limited time) – Hot or iced with non-dairy milk of your choice.
  • Vanilla Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte (limited time) – Hot or iced with your choice of non-dairy milk.
  • Brown Sugar Cold Brew – Order with NO brown sugar cold foam and with your choice of non-dairy milk.
  • Mocha Swirl Latte – Hot or iced with your choice of non-dairy milk.
  • Mocha Swirl Hot Cappuccino – Customize with your choice of non-dairy milk.
  • Mocha Blueberry Cold Brew – Order with NO cold foam and with your choice of non-dairy milk.

Vegan-Friendly Food Options

If you’re in the mood for a vegan-friendly snack to accompany your coffee, Dunkin’ does have some options:

  • Avocado and Roasted Tomato Toast
  • Hummus and Roasted Tomato Toast
  • Bagels (Plain, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything & Sesame)
  • Hash Browns

In Conclusion

For vegans and those avoiding dairy, the pumpkin-themed offerings at Dunkin’ are, unfortunately, off the menu. However, you can still capture the essence of fall with some customization. Opt for the limited-time Mocha Hazelnut Latte or Vanilla Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte, and be sure to request non-dairy milk.

While Dunkin’ may not offer vegan pumpkin treats, they do have some vegan-friendly options for both beverages and snacks. As you sip your dairy-free coffee, remember that the world of plant-based options is continually expanding.

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