Will Dunkin’ Get Us Off Cupcakes and on Doughnuts Again?

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We admit it: We were totally unsuccessful in our attempt to come up with a food meme to replace bacon, and Matt Lewis of Baked tells Eat Me Daily there will never be a next cupcake, either. His reasons are similar to the ones our readers gave: Theyre cheap, they allow for creative license, and theyre soooo cute. That said, Dunkin Donuts is trying to validate 30 Rocks claim (that were off cupcakes and back to doughnuts) by holding a "Create Dunkin's Next Donut" contest. Twelve finalists have just been picked the smOREO is currently at the top of the list (below), but its still early.

"A Nutter One" - A chocolate butter kreme-filled donut with peanut butter icing and chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (Carol D'Angio, Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
"Bodacious Banana" - A Bananas Foster-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with shredded coconut (Christine Roman, Ellenville, NY)
"Chocolate Monkey" - A Bananas Foster-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with Hershey's Milk Chocolate shavings (Michelle Ventura, Cranston, RI)
"Economic Crunch" - A cake donut with chocolate icing topped with graham cracker crunch and butternut crunch (Michael McNeil, Aliso Viejo, CA)
"Frozen Assets" - A chocolate mint Bavarian-filled donut with white icing topped with blue and green sprinkles (Kimberly Brooks, Orlando, FL)
"Grandma's Blueberry Maple Donut" - A blueberry cake donut with maple icing topped with graham cracker crunch (Caitlyn Vandervelde, Coventry, RI)
"Mexican Hot Chocolate" - A chocolate cake stick filled with marshmallow and topped with chocolate icing, Hershey's Cinnamon shavings and Hershey's Vanilla shavings (Jane Boderck, Easton, PA)
"Sm'OREO" - A marshmallow-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with OREO cookie pieces and graham cracker crunch (Laura Sherland, Smithtown, NY)
"The Graham Slam" - A marshmallow-filled donut with chocolate icing topped with graham cracker crunch and white sprinkles (Nevrie Dauti, Wayne, NJ)
"The King" - A Bananas Foster-filled donut with peanut butter icing and chopped peanuts (James Smith, Mount Vernon, NY)
"Toffee For Your Coffee" - A glazed, sour cream cake donut topped with chopped Heath Bar (Jeff Hager, Hoover, AL)
"Tour de France" - A chocolate cake stick with hazelnut kreme glaze (Lindsay Piccotti, Clay, NY)


You can vote for a winner here, but keep in mind the recipient of $12,000 will also be determined by a bake-off at Dunkin' Donuts University. Yes, there is such a thing. You hadn't heard of a little school in Massachusetts?