Nerd Fuel: Donut Shop – Snickers
To date, the original Donut Shop is one of my favorite coffee blends. Over the years I’ve tried a number of their flavored offerings and more often than not, I’ve ended up disappointed. Still, any time I see a new variety on the store shelf, I can’t stop myself from buying it. That’s what happened recently when I came across an official Snickers branded Donut Shop coffee. I love Snickers! The thought of a Snickers flavored coffee is an absolutely wonderful idea! In fact, it’s one that’s been done already…
Perhaps you remember when I reviewed Snickering Monk Candy Bar by Mystic Monk coffee. While not an officially licensed product, this coffee captured the flavor of a Snickers bar perfectly. And it did so without the yucky aftertaste that usually accompanies so many flavored coffees. So, without further ado, let’s see how Donut Shop’s Snickers coffee compares.
For starters, this coffee is quite aromatic during the brew process. The aroma of the classic Donut Shop blend is definitely present. But this time, there is a pretty hefty chocolate syrup smell blended into it. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I found this a bit alarming. Right out of the gate, this coffee showed all the signs that it was going to be saturated with a thick artificial taste. Thankfully, my fears were put to rest after my first tasting. The flavor of this coffee is pretty close to that of an actual Snickers bar. However, I think it’s just a tad sweeter than it needs to be. Still, it doesn’t suffer from the sickly aftertaste that so many flavored coffees do.
If I’m comparing it to Snickering Monk, I have to say it does fall a bit short. I’m not sure what kind of wizardry Mystic Monk is using for their flavored coffees. But somehow they manage to capture the flavor of a candy bar perfectly while avoiding being overly sweet. That aside, I think Donut Shop did a pretty decent job of nailing this flavor. Had I never experienced Mystic Monk before trying this coffee, I would probably be raving about it quite a bit more.
Score: 3 out of 4
Would buy again?: Maybe. The Snickers flavor is pretty accurate, but a tad sweeter than necessary. Personally, if I’m in the mood for this type of coffee, I’d probably seek out Snickering Monk by Mystic Monk coffee. Even so, this is one of the better flavored coffee by Donut Shop so far.