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Dunkin' Donuts Red Velvet Latte Is... Uninspiring

11/06/2013 01:59 pm 13:59:32
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Dunkin' Donuts has debuted a new red velvet latte. But sorry Buzzfeed, it doesn't look like this is going to be the new pumpkin spice latte. It's just not very crave-worthy.

Red velvet is basically buttermilk, plus cocoa powder, plus food coloring. In other words, the appeal of red velvet cake is largely in the color -- otherwise, it's a fairly standard cake recipe (but a good one, at that).

It isn't that easy to replicate a cake flavor as a latte, though. Part of the thrill of red velvet cake is the moist cake texture, especially when combined with frosting. That's lost when red velvet becomes drinkable.

The Dunkin' Donuts red velvet latte tastes like a sweet mocha. There's absolutely nothing unique about it. It's one-note and well, pretty boring. Plus, the latte isn't actually red so there's no hope of your eyes convincing your mouth that it tastes more like red velvet than it actually does.

In addition to the latte, Dunkin' Donuts has also debuted a red velvet donut. Nothing wrong with that one -- it tastes just like a normal chocolate donut that happens to be red.

Taylor Swift might be somewhat successful in convincing people that "red" is a feeling, but we're not fooled. This is just a case of unnecessary food coloring with no added taste bonus.

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