REVIEW: Dunkin’ Cornbread Donut

Dunkin Cornbread Donut One

What is Dunkin’s Cornbread Donut?

Heads up to that one guy who kept pestering Dunkin’ to make a glazed corn cake donut.

Your time has finally come, my friend.

How is it?

Ok, well, I don’t actually know if this aforementioned guy exists, but I certainly didn’t expect Dunkin’ to add cornbread to its menu in any form. I was pretty skeptical, but it’s a tasty little donut.

Dunkin Cornbread Donut Two

That skepticism was hard to shake at first, too. I ordered one donut, and the Dunkin’ employee gave me two. Was it because they were so bad no one was ordering them or was it just because of my winning smile? I’m still not entirely sure, but I appreciated it and enjoyed them both.

The cornbread donut is similar in texture and density to Dunkin’s more “cakey” donuts.

Dunkin Cornbread Donut Inside

It’s glazed and has stripes of white icing, so I expected it to be equal parts sweet and savory, but it’s sweeter than expected, with the cornbread being pretty disguised. I’d say this is 80% sweet, 20% savory.

You’d barely notice the cornbread flavor if it weren’t for that familiar grittiness of the cake. You know that consistency cornbread has, where you can almost taste little bits of sandy cornmeal? That comes through, which I could see being a dealbreaker for some.

I also expected this to be very dry, but it was – here comes that dreaded word – moist.

Anything else you need to know?

Your mileage will vary on this one depending on which type of Dunkin’ donut you prefer. This falls right in line with the glazed blueberry, pumpkin, and the chocolate devil’s food donuts. I love a blueberry from time to time despite how heavy they are.

I’d rank this last among those, but it’s not a huge gap. The sweetness from the glaze and that little bit of cornbread flavor makes it unique enough to stand on its own. At worst, you should grab one of these if you order a dozen.


I ultimately don’t know if this one will make the cut and be anything more than a limited flavor, but it’s worth a shot. You could even just order one in Munchkin form if you’re scared of wasting food.

I appreciate the idea, and I enjoyed the outcome. If Dunkin’ doesn’t do a banana bread donut like this next, I’m gonna be really bummed.

Purchased Price: $1.35
Size: N/A
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 380 calories, 20 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 420 milligrams of sodium, 45 grams of total carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 31 grams of total sugars, and 4 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Dunkin’ Cornbread Donut”

  1. I love cornbread that can be mistaken for cake but something about this gives me pause. But most of the people I’ve read and seen try it say that it’s good so it can’t be that bad.

    1. Yeah this looks like a cinnamon roll. Nothing like “cornbread” as anyone in the U.S. knows it at least.

      1. Hmm, definitely doesn’t scream cinnamon roll which is not a cake/quick bread batter but a yeast dough.

  2. I had my husband buy me one, it was OK. Maybe I let it sit too long before I ate it, but I got cake and glaze with a bit of corn-grit texture and a hint of corn. I was hoping for something with a bit more obvious corn flavor to it.

    But now I want one of these warm, with some corn ice cream. I bet that’d be lovely.

  3. It was not bad. I’m sure Krispy Kreme will be able to figure out how to make the cornbread donut better.

  4. Maybe they should have done a honey glaze on it. I wonder if they’ll have fun with this and put out a spicy version like that ghost pepper doughnut, which was really good!

  5. My husband loves the corn muffins buys them frequently decided to try the new corn donut, found it bland and under cooked. Not a fan

  6. I love trying new things and I love cornbread so I had to try this and got one in my half dozen to try out. I’m so blown away by how good this donut was! It’s soft and sweet with a subtle corn flavor. Like eating the desert version of corn chowder, it’s actually really good and I’m sad that I didn’t get more.

  7. I tried dunkin donuts for the first time in many years a couple of months ago because I won a giftcard. They were so flavorless and awful. They used to be really good and fluffy donuts. What happened to them?

  8. I think a lot of the people who dislike it are expecting it to be either cornbread or a donut. It’s both. It tastes and feels like both, and why shouldn’t it?

  9. I love the cornbread donuts at Dunkin. The texture is different than a regular donut. They are indeed sweet and savory. I bought a box of the cornbread munchkins yesterday and couldn’t quit until I had eaten five of them. They are delicious!!

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