Thanks to a nationwide search, America has a new doughnut that Dunkin’ Donuts thinks people are going to go bananas over.
In February, the company held its second annual “Create Dunkin’s Next Donut” contest, and on June 4 it announced the winner: A bananas-Foster-filled model with chocolate icing, topped with Reese’s Peanut Butter shavings.
The “Monkey-see Monkey-donut” beat out more than 90,000 entries—including the “Cop Cake” (cake doughnut with chocolate icing, white sprinkles and chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups), the “Mornin’ Paper” (chocolate buttercream-filled doughnut with white icing and chocolate sprinkles), the “S’morgasbord” (marshmallow-filled doughnut with chocolate icing and graham cracker crunch) and the “Snack-o-Lantern” (pumpkin cake doughnut with maple icing, and cinnamon-flavored chocolate chips).
The playful pastry fetched its creator, 23-year-old Rachel Davis of Sharon, Mass., $13,200 in prize money and a year’s supply of doughnuts. Eleven other finalists also got the doughnuts, along with checks for $1,200 each.
Monkey-see Monkey-donuts will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts stores nationwide, including all 13 Las Vegas locations, for a limited time this fall.
According to Dunkin’ Donuts’ website, the company sells 2.5 million doughnuts and doughnut holes every day. Founded in 1950, the franchise now has more than 9,000 locations in 31 countries, and last year had global sales topping $5.6 billion.