Flavor Swirl Vs Flavor Shot - Which Is Best

Flavor Swirl Vs Flavor Shot – Which Is Best?

Dunkin’ Donuts now just called Dunkin’ due to entering the gourmet coffee market, a great accompaniment to their donuts. A question I often see on social media and forums is flavor swirl vs flavor Shot, Which is best?

Which is best is a personal choice, what is best from Tom may not be to Jane’s liking, It is very subjective.

By the time you have finished reading this article, you will have a great grasp of what a flavor swirl is and what a flavor shot is and be able to make up your own mind as to what you prefer.

Keep reading as we roll on with this article as we talk about…

What Is A Flavor Shot From Dunkin?

A Dunkin’s flavor shot is a sugar-free, unsweetened syrup like liquid that you can add to your coffee to give it flavor and enjoy your gourmet coffee. They come in a range of flavors (more on this in a moment) and are free from artificial dyes and artificial sweeteners.

Add them to your espresso drink, latte or iced coffee instead of sugar if you want, as they will sweeten them up.

Each flavor shot will add 5 to 10 calories to your cup of coffee for a medium-sized drink.

What Is A Flavor Shot From Dunkin
Flavor shots are the syrup used to give taste to your gourmet coffee.

Read: Most popular coffee flavors

What Is A Flavor Swirl From Dunkin?

A flavor swirl, similar to a flavor shot is used to add taste to your gourmet coffee. A Flavor swirl add way more calories at 150-160 Calories.

The range or flavors available for swirls and flavor shots are different. There are some very interesting must try.

The swirl flavors are made with condensed milk and are creamier.

What Is A Flavor Swirl From Dunkin
Great way to enjoy your Dunkin’

What Is The Difference Between Flavor Shot And Flavor Swirl?

The two menu items differ in not only their calorie content and flavors available, they differ based on how they are made.

One is dairy free while the other is made with condensed milk and thus has a rich, creamy taste and flavor.

If you are on a diet, you might want to opt for flavor shot and skip the swirl. That really is what sums up the difference between flavor swirl and flavor shots.

How Many Pumps Of Flavor Does Dunkin use?

How many pumps of flavor are used depends on the size of your coffee drink. A large coffee based drink from Dunkin’s gets 4 pumps, a medium-sized coffee gets three, while a small coffee gets only 2 pumps.

Given the amount of calories in the swirls and a cup of coffee with cream or sugar added, keep this in mind if you are on a diet. The best option, calorie wise, might just be to cast your eyes towards flavor shots.

How Many Pumps Of Flavor Does Dunkin use
The amount of pumps in your coffee drink.

What Are The Classic Dunkin’ Flavor Shots

There are a number of and a wide range of flavor shots available from Dunkin Donuts (Now just called Dunkin’).

Here is the complete list:

  • 1. Hazelnut.
  • 2. Blueberry.
  • 3. Coconut.
  • 4. Raspberry.
  • 5. Vanilla.
  • 6. Toasted Almond.

The Hazelnut flavor is also available as a Hazelnut swirl, which is a nice option for the consumer to have the diet choice and flavor choice. One is creamier than the other and has a slightly different taste for that reason, a different texture.

The toasted almond version works incredibly well with almond milk and a strong dark roasted espresso.

What Are The Classic Dunkin' Flavor Shots
Dunkin’ has a secret menu! Learn to mix and match!

Classic Dunkin’ Flavor Swirls

There are fewer option for their swirls, let’s get right to it.

  • 1. French Vanilla.
  • 2. Mocha.
  • 3. Caramel.
  • 4. Hazelnut.
  • 5. Rocky Road Swirl.
  • 6. Toasted White Chocolate.

As you can see there are very few classic flavor swirl varieties. Of those the ones I am a sucker for are the French Vanilla swirl and the caramel swirl which is great from a combination of swirls when you mix it with mocha for an incredible latte.

Seasonal Dunkin’ Flavor Swirls

Seasonal flavors are both a joy and a huge disappointment you get used to the flavor, love it, enjoy it, and before you know it, it’s gone, and you are back to your having your coffee regular with the same choice of swirls!

  •  1. Pumpkin Spice (August To November).
  • 2. Peppermint Mocha (November To December)
  • 3. Gingerbread Smores (November To Early January).
  • 4. Butter Pecan.
  • 5. Peanut Butter Cup Swirl.

These are all seasonal and rather enjoyable. I swear blind Peanut butter and coffee my creation! I’ve been putting a dollop of it in my coffee for 10+ years, it’s awesome. It is pretty good as an iced coffee when you blend it with a blender.

Are Flavor Shots Or Swirls Better?

In terms of flavor I find the flavor swirls are better, creamier and richer in taste. They are to my own liking, taste wise and how I like my coffee.

In terms of health, admittedly, I should probably be looking more towards the Flavor shots. Better for your taste buds – the flavor swirls, better for your waistline, the flavor shots.

Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing It All Up – Flavor Swirl Vs Flavor Shot

While I am all for the flavor swirls in the debate of Flavor Swirl vs Flavor Shot, it is the flavor shots that are better for your health due to significantly fewer calories.

That is something that you need to give serious consideration to, as gourmet coffee is literally liquid cakes. Imagine starting the day with 400 to 500 calories, and that is just your coffee!

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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