America woke up to some disheartening news: Dunkin’ has officially taken the beloved Dunkaccino off the menu. Yes, the very drink that Al Pacino rapped about in a fake ad for the 2011 film Jack and Jill is no more.
The Dunkaccino, which Dunkin’ described as a “unique blend of coffee and hot chocolate flavors,” was added to menus back in 2000. However, locations around the country have been quietly pulling it from their offerings for the last few months. This prompted people on social media to speculate that the coffee chain was preparing to formally end the Dunkaccino drink’s over two-decade run.
And today, fans of this hot chocolate and coffee concoction had their worst fears confirmed. A Dunkin spokesmen told TODAY.com, “As we focus on innovation and finding new ways to delight guests, we continually evolve our menu in an effort to deliver a fast, frictionless experience. The Dunkaccino is retired for now, but there’s always the chance for its return in the future.” It’s also worth noting that the frozen Dunkaccino, which was added to menus in 2015, has also been discontinued.
But here at Wine Enthusiast, we weren’t ready to just let the Dunkaccino go into that good night. No.
Instead, we took a stand and revived it at home—with a boozy twist, of course. Think of it as a java-infused twist on our spiked hot chocolate.
Without any further ado, here’s how to make a deliciously boozy Dunkaccino, which will forever be in our hearts, minds and coffee cups.
How to Make a Boozy Dunkaccino
Recipe by Jacy Topps
Boozy Dunkaccino Directions
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add coffee, vanilla vodka, Irish cream, chocolate syrup and milk.
Shake until well-chilled, about 25 to 30 seconds. Strain drink into a tall cup filled with ice. Garnish with whipped cream. Grate chocolate over whipped cream, and serve.
What Is a Dunkaccino?
The Dunkaccino was a blend of hot coffee and hot chocolate flavors offered at Dunkin’ Donuts locations.
What Does a Boozy Dunkaccino Taste Like?
One word: Delicious.
“Combining coffee, vanilla and chocolate flavors, this boozy rendition is a creamy delight that will put a pep in your step,” says Jacy Topps, print assistant editor and Languedoc-Roussillon and Vin de France reviewer at Wine Enthusiast.
Where Did Dunkin’ Start?
There’s a reason why Dunkin’ is synonymous with the Red Sox, Boston and all things New England. Its first location opened in Quincy, Massachusetts, back in 1948. Originally called Open Kettle, the shop became Dunkin’ Donuts two years later (in 2013, the coffee company dropped Donuts from its name). You can still visit the original location today.