REVIEW: Dunkin’ Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites

Dunkin' Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites

In theory, Dunkin’ Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites should be a guaranteed win.  What’s there to say?  It’s sausage links wrapped in pancakes with maple syrup added.  If our ancestors had invented these, we would today know very little about the extinct animal once called the “pig.” 

But Dunkin’ Donuts has let me down before.  Not with their pumpkin donuts, of course, those marvelous confections that let you know fall is here and it’s time to bust out the expandable pants.  But let’s be honest, those french toast twists were nothing to write home about.  So approaching this new treat, I was hopeful but cautious, like a shark stalking a seal that might actually be a fat surfer.  Turns out I needn’t have worried.

As you can see from this photograph expertly snapped in a parking lot next to the highway, the bites come wrapped in a paper sleeve of the sort you might use for a medium order of fries.  This is unfortunate because it highlights just how small each individual bite is.  The three you get don’t come close to filling up the bag, each being thicker than a cocktail weenie but not nearly as long as a “regular” sausage link.  A lesser man than I would make a joke about sausage size here, but really, that’s not what we’re here for.  Let’s just say they’re perfectly adequate, and besides no one notices that as long as they fill you up.  I mean, that’s what I’ve heard.  All kidding aside, I’m not a massive eater and one serving fell somewhere between a snack and a full meal for me, so take that into account and be prepared to order two if you’re really hungry.  Or decide you’re okay with feeling partially unsatisfied in exchange for a cheap(er) date.  $1.59 buys you 300 calories and no cuddling afterwards.

I had expected a strong smell of sausage from the little bastards, but surprisingly this wasn’t the case; the cornmeal forms an impenetrable force field locking in the scent of cooked meat.  It basically just smells like a corn muffin with a slight whiff of maple syrup — disappointing for the more carnivorous among us, but ideal for not drawing attention in a crowded elevator or for tricking a vegetarian into eating one.  That only holds true until you bite in, of course, at which point the meaty aroma is unlocked like a new character in Street Fighter.  By then you won’t care, though, because you’ll have a bite (a bite of a bite?) in your mouth.

And the verdict is… yeah, they’re pretty good.  The maple syrup taste is understated and so is the pancake, maybe to avoid overpowering the sausage, which to be fair IS cooked well and tastes delicious.  That said, I could’ve done with a little less stinginess on the syrup, maybe even — dare I say it? — a dipping cup.  It has the overall effect of making them seem more like corn muffin sausage bites than pancake sausage bites, which probably isn’t as marketable, so I guess they knew what they were doing with the name.  Really, though, the sausage taste dominates; everything else is just a slight hint on your taste buds, and like that – POOF.  Like Keyser Söze.

So they’re not quite the slam dunk they might initially appear to be, but I can still recommend the sausage pancake bites, and I’m not just saying that because the counter girl at my local DD once said I had really pretty eyes.  (I do, they offset my widow’s peak.)  As expected, the pancake side of things had to be downplayed because that would be just too much awesome for one dish, but they’re still tasty.  And while I’d stop short of calling three little mini-corndogs for a buck and a half a bargain, they won’t exactly break the bank either.  Except in your eventual gym membership fees if you routinely get two servings.

(Nutrition Facts – 3 pieces – 300 calories, 180 calories from fat, 20 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 550 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.)

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Item: Dunkin’ Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites
Price: $1.59 per serving; two for $3.00
Size: 3 bites per serving
Purchased at: Dunkin’ Donuts
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Relatively inexpensive.  Tricking vegetarians.  Easy to eat while driving.  Tasty seal.
Cons: Syrup deficiency.  Olfactory deception.  No matter what your girlfriend told you, size matters.

14 thoughts to “REVIEW: Dunkin’ Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites”

  1. Hmmz Sausage and pancakes, would have been better if it where sausage with hasbrowns and Tobasco instead of pancakes and maple syrup.

    But since it’s your first I’ll let it slide ^_^
    don’t think we have that many Dunkin Donuts on this side of the pond though.

  2. This really look rather pathetic…like something you might get from the freezer section of your local supermarket. Why just not get a donut and coffee and while you there instead? Probably cheaper and of course delicious

  3. Sadly, we don’t have a Dunkin’ Donuts here on this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so instead I’ll have to settle for the frozen Jimmy Dean version of these Pancake Bites.

  4. “unlocked like a new character in Street Fighter.”

    Kudos to you, sir!

    Also, even though I’ve yet to step foot in a dunkin’ donuts since moving here 2 years ago, I must agree on the dipping cup idea. I think that’d probably up the wow factor. Guess you could always do that once you get home, though. 😛

  5. DD could have saved some effort in designing this pig in a lard coffin by simply using two doughnuts and 2 doughnut holes. put the doughnut holes back in the, ummm … doughnut’s holes, and stick a slab of sausage between each reconstructed piece. then take a brick and smash all the parts together to form the new product. top with maple syrup.

  6. you are paying a little money, but that doesn’t mean it’s inexpensive. 3 of those things? hardly worth it.

  7. Didn’t have to wait long for that first review! Nicely done. Interesting that the “pancake” is actually corn muffin. Would it be so hard to actually use pancake? Also, it sounds like you’ve got the right idea with the syrup dippin’ cup. Dippin’ cups make everything better.

  8. Welcome to the TIB team, Drew. I would have DD more often if they had them closer to where I live. There were a few locations when I first moved here but they’ve been steadily closing. At this point, I think I have to drive about 25 miles to find one, which really isn’t worth it. Oh well.

  9. Urgh, this is the first TIB review that actually put me to sleep. Highly recommended for when you’re lying awake with pangs of guilt for banging that retarded chick back in high school.

  10. I don’t normally like sausage at all, I’m more of a ham and bacon type of person, but I loved these little cute sausage bites. I kinda miss them now since they are gone. But now that they are replaced by Big n Tasty sandwich, I feel like I’m falling in love with Dunkin Donuts all over again

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