dd.jpgAs we’re all planning out our Saint Patrick’s Day meals, shamrock green clothes and some enjoyable Erin-Go-Bragh festivities for this coming Monday, Dunkin Donuts has been busy providing us with the appropriate coffee drinks and donuts to help keep our energy up for the big day!

True to their spirit for holiday product introductions, Dunkin Donuts has introduced Irish Creme coffees to their varieties just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, along with Mint Oreo Creme and Mint Oreo donuts. Here’s FoodFacts.com’s look at these new Dunkin holiday menu additions.

Let’s start with the coffee. You can choose between an Irish Creme Swirl hot coffee, Irish Creme Swirl Iced Coffee, Irish Creme Swirl Latte and Irish Creme Swirl Iced Latte.

Both the hot coffee and the iced coffee contain 110 calories for the small size. That’s before you add your choice of cream, skim milk or whole milk — which changes the nutrition profile. Since we can only choose cream on the website, we’ll tell you that ups the calorie count to 170 and adds 6 grams of fat to the brew.

The lattes with skim milk come in at 180 calories with no fat. If you choose whole milk, you’ll they jump to 230 calories with 6 grams of fat.

You can also choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Mocha Irish Creme Swirl in any of the varieties listed above with the same nutritional profiles.

Unfortunately any Irish Creme Swirl has an ingredient list about which FoodFacts.com isn’t particularly thrilled.  They all contain: Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Skim Milk, Sugar), Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), and Salt.

Now what about those donuts?

Mint Oreo Creme: 400 calories, 22 grams of fat, 28 grams of sugar
Mint Oreo: 310 calories, 16 grams of fat, 17 grams of sugar

In either donut, you’ll be consuming ingredients that include: Artificial Flavors, Sodium Caseinate, Polysorbate 60, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Yellow 5 and Blue 1.

While the donuts look very festive (and quite green), we can’t say that we find them at all appealing after a look at both the nutrition facts and the ingredient lists.

We do appreciate Dunkin Donuts efforts to get into the spirit of every holiday that comes along. And we do understand that achieving that exceptionally green color for the donut icing might be difficult without a little help and that the flavor of Irish coffee isn’t easily mimicked. All things considered, though, we still think we’ll avoid indulging.

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