What is the smell in a Dunkin' Donuts?
September 3, 2013 8:55 AM Subscribe
As far as I can tell, every Dunkin' Donuts has the same somewhat acrid smell. Is it just burned coffee? Some by-product of deep-frying donuts? Or do they spray it in as their signature scent?
posted by Admiral Haddock to food & drink (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I walk past at least two on my way to work, and the smell pours out onto the sidewalk. I tend to patronize donut shops, so perhaps non-Dunkin' establishments smell the same way.
Obviously, shops--particularly food services--have their own smells, but the Dunkin' Donuts smell is not one I can readily associate with either of the main products they sell (it's not sweet like a pastry and smells nothing like coffee), and is not (in my opinion) pleasant. It's so strong and so universal that I assume they must cultivate it, but I'm at a loss why and what it might be.