Confusion at the Coffee Counter

Dunkin' Donuts Flyer

Dunkin’ Donuts Flyer

Call me blogger in absentia. I’ve been busy freelancing for the public relations agency that represents Eggland’s Best eggs – the eggs that are superior in nutrition, with twice the vitamin D, ten times more vitamin E, more than double the omega-3s, 35% more lutein, and 25% less saturated fat – compared to ordinary eggs. It’s all about the chicken feed. I eat EB eggs. And that is public relations.

But I had to take a break to comment about this flyer that comes to you newly at the Dunkin’ Donuts check out counter in New York City. Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of sugar beverages larger that 16-ounces goes into effect next week.Dunkin’ Donuts want to get ahead of the confusion, which shows that it’s easier to complain than it is to fix.

Here’s the deal: if your hot coffee is smaller than 16-ounces, Dunkin’ will add the sugar for you, but if your hot coffee is size large or X-large, then you’ll have to add the sugar yourself. For iced beverages, do-it-yourself sugar service starts with size medium because, for iced, medium is the large hot and large is the hot X-large. Got it? That ice has to go somewhere. For beverages that already come with added sugar, like hot chocolate or that oxymoron, frozen hot chocolate, you cannot buy a portion larger than medium – but you can buy two or more.

So, now, you will have to think twice before adding six sugar packets to your “Extra Extra.” Teeheehee. And it doesn’t stop there. Bloomberg is going after the Styrofoam cup next.

Your thoughts: Mayor Bloomberg: Yea or Nay?

Read about mayor’s public health campaigns in The New York Times:
City’s New Drink Rules Add Wrinkle to Coffee Orders
To Go: Plastic-Foam Containers, if the Mayor Gets His Way

5 thoughts on “Confusion at the Coffee Counter

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  2. I’m behind Mayor Blumberg’s initiatives. I hope this becomes a trend nationwide!

    BTW – Do I have to visit England to purchase EB Eggs?

    • Jeff,
      I am remiss in neglecting to point out that Eggland’s Best eggs are available in most supermarkets. Thank you for asking. In RI, you can buy them at Stop & Shop, Shaws Star Market, Dave’s Fresh Marketplace, WalMart Super Centers, and others. Visit for a link.
      Re: Mayor Bloomie, I absolutely love his public health agenda, but there are barriers to implementing regulations. Public displeasure with the line at Dunkin’ Donuts will be one.

    • Thanks, Pat – and thanks for commenting! I think we can work good nutrition into anything 🙂

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