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Fact: Dunkin’ Donuts is the most popular donut in the United States. Here are 15 facts you didn’t know about Dunkin’ Donuts.
1. Open Kettle. It opened in 1948, but as a doughnut restaurant named Open Kettle. It re-opened as Dunkin’ Donuts in 1950.
2. 10 Cents. It only cost 10 cents for a cup of coffee when the original Dunkin’ Donuts opened.
3. Madonna. Before she was famous, Madonna worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square for only one day. She was fired after squirting jelly from a donut at a customer.
4. Royal Wedding Donut. During Prince William & Kate Middleton wedding in 2011, Dunkin’ Donuts offered a limited edition Royal Wedding Donut, which was made up of white frosting and chocolate drizzle with jelly and chocolate filling. Now that’s very royal!
5. Baskin Robbins. Dunkin’ Donuts also owns Baskin Robbins and all of their 31 flavors, which is why you usually see the pair together.
6. Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler. Dunkin’ Donuts employees Stan Frankenthaler, who is a three-time James Beard Award nominee. He’s in charge of all the food and drink on menus at DD locations.
7. Quincy, Mass. The original Dunkin’ Donuts location is still up and running today. It’s a fully operational restaurant that was renovated to look like the original 1950 store.
8. 15,000 Ways. Dunkin’ Donuts claims that there are 15,000 different ways to order a cup of coffee from one of their locations.
9. 30 Cups. The company sells 30 cups of coffee every second.
10. 1.7 Billion Cups. That 30 cups a second number adds up to 1.7 billion cups of coffee a year.
11. 106 Donuts. The company sells 106 different variety of donuts at their locations across the United States.
12. Munchkins. The bite sized donuts were introduced in 1972, while Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t sell bagels until 1966.
13. International. Of course, there are plenty of Dunkin’ Donuts around the world, so the fast food company has to account for many different cultural tastes, which is why you can buy a wasabi cheese and seaweed cheese donuts in Singapore and dried pork donut in China. You can also buy mochi donuts all over Asia too.
14. 2,000 Coffee Beans. About 2,000 of coffee beans go into one pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.
15. “Time To Make The Donuts.” During the 80s and 90s, Dunkin’ Donuts had a mascot named Fred the Baker, who was played by Michael Vale. His catchphrase was very iconic, while he was synonymous with the Dunkin’ Donuts brand for 16 years. Sadly, the actor died in 2005 at age 83.