Strawberry Shortcake for Breakfast? Sorta!

Isn't it pretty?

Dunkin Donuts has newly released a fun limited edition flavor for their line of ground coffees- Toasted Almond and Strawberry Shortcake! (If there are anymore, I do not know of them because I only saw these two flavors at Target).I was interested in the Shortcake bcecause I figured toasted almond was more easy to imagine taste wise and wasn’t as interesting compared to the pink prettiness of the Strawberry Shortcake. I picked it up, excited about what newness I’d experience upon tasting it. And I sniffed it a little.  OH goodness! It was heavenly! So juicy, sweet and flirty to my nostrils! SOLD!

I bought it for about $6.50-ish? at Target and when I first tried it, I literally wanted to spit it back out. (and yes, I did follow the instructions on the back) Slightly disappointed, I added Coffee Mate’s Italian Sweet Cream Creamer to it to enhance the overall flavor, and tone down the artificial strawberry taste. Sure, I’m sure some of you out there are saying “Well duh, of course it’s going to taste yucky! It is artificial!” But mind you, I have had coffees and even teas with strawberry flavoring that was magnificent.  Anyhow, I tried it again, but decided to add slightly more sugar to it, specifically a 1/2 a teaspoon more,a teaspoon of  Torani’s French Vanilla Syrup and to my relief, I ended up with a smoother strawberry flavor that seemed to blend better with the coffee.  On the the last run, (my third attempt at Strawberry Shortcake Coffee perfection) I added 3 teaspoons of turbinado sugar, realizing this coffee has to have quite a bit of sugar added to it to reduce the slight bitterness of the strawberry flavor and tasted pretty decent.

Now, with that said, I have concluded the following:

  • This coffee flavor is unique, complete with pretty pink packaging and smell goodness. Your nostrils may actually thank you for sniffing the bag a little. You have my permission 🙂
  • This coffee is not exactly pleasant unless 3 teaspoons or more of sugar (in my case Turbinado Sugar) is added to reduce the sharpness of the strawberry taste.
  • This coffee doesn’t necessarily need Vanilla flavoring to be added unless you do indeed feel you have been shortchanged in the cream department.  (On the package, not only does one see the berries and the fluffy sponge cake but also whipped cream) Sadly, the whipped cream flavor, or cream flavoring for that matter, fails to be tasted. Yes, I am literal with my flavors. If you promise or imply  cream, I expect to taste the cream,too.
  • This coffee is basically made or broken depending on the sugar content. May not be suitable for patrons who have diabetes and/or persons who want to enjoy coffee without very much sugar in it. (And I don’t have to add that much sugar to most of my coffees and teas, nor do I really like the idea of doing so.)

Pros: It’s pretty pink color, sinfully yummy smell, and unique flavor. Pretty good with (2 1/2 to maybe 4?) teaspoons of Turbinado Sugar. (just being specific with the sugar. I’m sure regular ole white sugar will work fine as well)

Cons: Not very tasty unless I piled on the sugar. Not for persons who want to go easy on coffee that doesn’t have lots of sugar; may end up being too sweet for some of you out there. Oh, and adding vanilla creamer didn’t really do much. Can taste artificial and sharp to some taste buds. Not cheap,either. Coupon usage is highly recommended.

Strawberry Shortcake Coffee Yumfactor: (Without the heaping amounts of sugar) 2 out of 5 tongues and a tastebud. (2.5 out of 5)(With the extra sugar helpings) 3 out of 5 tongues and a tastebud and a half (3.75 out of 5). It’s not too bad with the sugar.

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16 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake for Breakfast? Sorta!

  1. I just tried it this morning and thought it was absolutely disgusting. I didn’t think to add more sugar though, that seemed counterintuitive at the time, but after reading your post it makes sense. I don’t know if I’m willing to “go there” in terms of adding more sugar as I generally only add a small teaspoon of sugar for a cup of coffee.

    • Yes.It was a limited time edition coffee flavor. I wish I could give you the rest of my bag, because I have not make myself a cup since I’ve written this post, and I doubt I’ll be drinking the rest of it ever again. I find that it takes to much of an effort for me to dress it up than it’s worth. Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a great day!

  2. Odd. I simply used International Delights French Vanilla creamer, no sugar and it was absolutely wonderful. Picked it up at target yesterday. New batch maybe??

    • Hi thanks for your comment! Maybe our tastebuds tastes things differently. I know for me without all the extra additives, it would have been a lot more gross to me. But everyone is different 🙂

  3. I just saw this at Target and it smelled sooooooooo good but I didn’t buy it.. I came online to search for reviews and found your post. Thanks for the review- now I think I’ll skip buying it. I have a feeling I’d have to add way too much sugar for it to be worth it!

  4. Ok, im going to say this first…I am NOT a coffee drinker, but my beloved energy drinks have started playing havoc with my stomach, so Ive been playing around with coffee, so far my tastebuds have wanted to strangle me. While in walmart trying to find ways to disguise the coffee taste, I saw this strawberry and cream. Now granted, when I brewed it, it looks more like tea coming out then coffee, again, not a coffee fan, but I didn’t use much sugar, and put a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream in and fell in love instantly. Again, maybe just because I brewed it very weak, it gives it the coffee taste, but not so overabundant that im gagging it down. Just my opinion.

  5. I’m a long time coffee lover … Only drink it black. I bought this and absolutely LOVE IT. I don’t normally get that excited about flavored coffees, although I do love the green mountain blueberry.
    I am sad to find out that this strawberry flavored one is seasonal and will soon be gone! I love it so much that I purchased some strawberry flavoring, in a bottle like vanilla. I plan to try to recreate it myself. The closest Target store to me is almost an hour away, and I actually drove there to get more. They were sold out. Then I went online to try to purchase it there…no luck. Dunkin Donuts doesn’t sell online.

  6. This coffee is absolutely delightful! Of course, the smell was better than the taste, but that’s the way things usually are. I’m the type of person who doesn’t put sugar in coffee, so I used vanilla creamer, which was lovely. The Natural Bliss vanilla creamer I used isn’t very creamy, so I would suggest a different brand, possibly less healthy. =P

  7. My husband and I LOVE this coffee. I wish you could buy it year round. Since I only have one bag left we only drink it once or twice a week now. When we first tried the coffee, we drank it everyday. LOVE IT and hope they bring it back next yr. I will make sure I stock up if they do.

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