I’m not a huge breakfast eater, when I do decide to eat an actual meal before lunch, I’m always looking for savory, not sweet, options. Savory food at least starts to mimic the lunch experience, which I prefer. When I saw that Dunkin’ Donuts had introduced a Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich, I initially wasn’t interested in trying it. I’m not a huge fan of maple flavoring, and the name alone made it seem like the sandwich would veer too far into sweet territory. However, one morning I found myself at a Dunkin’ Donuts, hungry and with no prospect of lunch within the next few hours thanks to a fantasy hockey draft, so I decided to take the plunge and see if Dunkin’ could provide the maple sugar flavor without turning the sandwich into a sugar bomb.

The Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich is “a double portion of sweet caramelized Maple Sugar Bacon, Egg and Cheese … on a freshly baked Croissant.” The price for the sandwich is $3.99 before tax and without any accompaniments. As an insight into my process here, when I order something, I want it as close to the advertisement as possible. If a company has created a product, I want to try what they’ve decided the public will want to eat, rather than order it with my own modifications. This is why I get annoyed with Subway, where I go in to order their promoted product, but I have to remember what’s on it because they don’t provide a default option.

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With that being said… I did not order the sandwich on a croissant. First, instead of defaulting to the croissant, the employee behind the counter gave me the option to choose my bread, which threw me off guard and let me to ordering the sandwich on a ciabatta roll. Second, I have eaten one croissant in my life which I actually enjoyed, and it was not from Dunkin’ Donuts. By ordering the roll instead of the croissant, I had more of a chance of enjoying the sandwich. I’ll keep my roll comments to a minimum since they aren’t necessarily relevant to the advertised product.

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Taking the sandwich out of the bag, I was struck by how small it was. I thought the roll would be bigger. It smelled great through. It had a strong maple and bacon aroma, and I couldn’t wait to begin eating. While the sandwich had a good amount of bacon coverage, my first bite managed to only have egg and cheese. The egg and cheese are standard Dunkin’ fare. They’re supporting players to the bacon, there more for added heft plus the slight melted cheese taste.

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I also think getting the roll was a better choice than sticking with the croissant. Though the sandwich was small, the roll was more substantial than a croissant would have been. The crust added a more of a crunch to the sandwich than a soft croissant. Also, as a breakfast sandwich, eating a butter-soaked croissant on top of bacon, egg, and cheese seems way too heavy for an AM meal. I ate this on a Saturday morning, and could imagine feeling sluggish and staying on the couch through the afternoon if I got the croissant. Eating this at work is incomprehensible if you wanted to be productive.

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The Maple Sugar Bacon had some pluses and minuses. It was crunchier than I anticipated, which can be a problem with fast food sandwiches. The taste was a mix between smoke and maple, skewed heavily towards the maple flavor. It seemed as if the bacon was soaked in maple and removed right before it was added to the sandwich. When eating the bacon alone, it was almost too sweet.

As mentioned above, they didn’t skimp on the bacon. I sometimes hesitate ordering bacon breakfast sandwiches when compared with sausage, because a sausage patty is going to cover almost all of the sandwich, while a lot of places chose only give a few thin strips of bacon, making the sandwich feel light. Dunkin’ definitely chose to highlight the Maple Sugar Bacon and ensure it was a good portion.

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When eating all the components together, the sandwich was quite good. The smokiness of the bacon shone through and the sweet maple flavor was offset by the cheese. Even though I didn’t get much eggy taste, I think using it as another non-sweet element toned down the bacon to an acceptable level, keeping the sandwich as a nice balance between savory and sweet.

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Overall, the Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich was really good. I’m not a big breakfast sandwich guy, and I’m more likely to get a donut if I’m ordering food at Dunkin’, but for anyone in the mood for a breakfast sandwich, this is definitely worth a shot. It was filling, despite its size and just sweet enough to get that maple taste without tasting like candy. Of course, it’s worth noting that this was a seasonal offering, but I’m guessing it will return to the Dunkin’ menu sometime soon.

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