When did coffee get so complicated? Back in the day, a milkshake was a milkshake and a cup of coffee was a cup of coffee. We’ve entered an era where Starbucks is making up fancy size names and Dunkin’ Donuts is being chastised for making an unhealthy drink healthier.
That’s right: Dunkin’ Donuts is dropping its most popular summer drink in favor of a healthier version, and people are losing their sugar-saturated minds over it.
Sarah Whitten of CNBC reports that, “The Coffee Coolatta will be discontinued in the next few months and replaced with Dunkin’s revamped Frozen Coffee, a frozen beverage that packs a bit more coffee taste than its predecessor.”
While this new Frozen Coffee isn’t incredibly healthy, it’s still a bit better than the Coolatta is. It’s made with coffee extract, liquid cane sugar, dairy, and ice. It’s supposed to give a more authentic coffee experience, but people are crying out against it.
Here’s some of the Twitter backlash:
@DunkinDonuts Please keep coffee coolatta my trips to DD in the summer won't be enjoyable anymore ?
— Gerry Moran (@phenomenal_GM) March 22, 2017
Dunkin' Donuts is discontinuing the Coffee Coolatta. WHY????????????????????
— Dan Massar (@DanMassar) March 22, 2017
— Bryan TheStig Casal (@bigbryang) March 22, 2017
@holymolysteph the coffee coolatta was a pivotal part of my upbringing IM UPSET
— babybird (@holydamerons) March 22, 2017
The standard Coolatta’s ingredients list is a bit more dense. It includes sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, light cream, caramel flavored swirl syrup, sweetened condensed nonfat milk, high fructose corn syrup, more sugar, brown sugar, and a bunch of other unnatural-sounding stuff. Sure, the new drink sounds like an upgrade, but it’s still not sounding healthy.
Speaking of unhealthy, Dunkin’ plans on rolling out an energy punch made with Monster. They’re also releasing an espresso with caramel and shaved ice.
Can’t we just get back to the days of piping hot Folgers, no sugar added? If you’re into sugary, caffeinated drinks, though, let us have it. Tell us all of the reasons why you either love or hate this change by Dunkin’ Donuts. We’re all ears!