Stoners unite at Dunkin’ Donuts for there is a weird-ass salted vanilla milkshake at the donut chain that is equal amounts disgusting, intriguing, and guilty pleasure-delicious. We don’t know how long it’s been on the menu, but we came across it on a billboard at their factory branch, turned around in 6 pm traffic to get one, and never looked back. Salted vanilla has taken off, with the salted choco cro from St. Marc’s Café easily one of our favorite new desserts in Manila, and we were excited to find that Dunkin’ Donuts had jumped on the bandwagon. We stubbornly peeked behind the counter and found out what exactly went into the weird, salty-sweet creation.
The Dunkin’ Donuts barista poured some vanilla shake powder into a blender with ice, added that grated parmesan powder we often see in supermarkets (that comes in green plastic shakers), then topped it off with loads of whipped cream, more powder, and a tiny packet of salt.
It didn’t bode well for me, and looked a little too funky to be honest. It reminded me of this dreadful 4-cheese shake we had in one of Manila’s fast casual chains that was no-holds-barred revolting. First sip though: it was nothing remarkable, and tasted like your everyday, run-of-the-mill vanilla milkshake. The salt only came after, but not in an aggressive way, and the cheesiness never came through; I might have been a little relieved to be honest. Is it worth your penny? Maybe if you’re nearby and need a creamy fix. But if you really want that salt with sweet vanilla, we’re still betting on that chococro.