Dunkin’ Donuts Omelet Bites vs Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites
It was January 10, 2022 when I learned that Dunkin’ was going to sell egg bites, or rather omelet bites, and before the week was out, I had these little golden circles in the palm of my hand. The question to be answered today is: in the battle of the eggbites, who reigns supreme? Starbucks or Dunkin’?
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Since I had two active Uber Eats orders in place (one for Starbucks, one for Dunkin’) and the locations are literally across from each other, I logically thought the app would send a driver to both places and then to my apartment. Instead of doing that, or even sending two different delivery people, the app would ask one delivery person to pick up the first order, drop it off at my door, leave, go to the second location, and come back to my house.
When the delivery guy dropped off the first order, I opened the door, received it, and said thank you. Looking at the app, I then realized that he would be right back with my second order. I felt a wave of social anxiety wash over me. Would he judge my need for several egg bites in different places? I couldn’t take that risk. When he came back with the second order, I peeked out the window and waited for him to leave to grab the bag. Social distancing at its best.
Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites
Once it was over, bites in hand, I knew I had a job to do. The first was the familiar favorite. I specifically ordered the bacon and Gruyere Egg Bites from Starbucks because they most closely resembled the new Dunkin’ Bites in terms of the basic ingredients: eggs, cheese, and bacon. Starbucks bites are made with cage-free eggs, Gruyere cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and applewood-smoked bacon using the French “sous vide” technique, according to the menu description.
These bites are creamy, smooth and delicious. The large chunks of bacon on top add that little bit of texture needed to keep it from being too soft or mushy. And although they’re called egg bites, each takes about two bites so you won’t feel dissatisfied.
The combination of egg, cheese, and bacon is more filling than expected and provides you with 19 grams of protein along with 20 grams of fat and 2 grams of sugar. These perfect little mounds look and taste great. Do I wish they weren’t so expensive? Sure, but the same could be said for the entire Starbucks menu, but I still buy refreshments and coffee there.
- Price: $5.35
- calories: 300 (total for two bites)
Dunkin’ Omelet Bites
The first and obvious difference between these omelet bites and their Starbucks counterpart is the shape. Dunkin’ bites are round, yes, but they have a little hole in the middle, which makes them look more like a mini donut or even a bagel. Not sure if this was done as a rebranding by the company, but it just seemed unnecessary. As for ingredients, Dunkin’ describes the new menu item as containing only eggs, bacon and cheddar. the Omelet bites also contain 20 fewer calories than Starbucks bites and contain 17 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat and 2 grams of sugar.
The bites are just as cheesy and sweet as Starbucks’ competitor. Unfortunately, my main issue with Omelet Bites is the bacon, which was misleading. In each bite, you can see little pink specks that should be bacon bits, but when you bite into them, the bacon bits are so microscopic that you get nothing in terms of flavor or texture. That disappointing rating aside, I didn’t dislike these bites and would eat them again. Funny enough, though, they’re not cheaper than Starbucks.
- Price: $5.61
- calories: 280 (total for two bites)
The winner here? I have to give it to Starbucks. Although the placement of the bacon could be more scattered rather than just sprinkled on top, the overall taste, price, and texture made for a better experience than the Dunkin’ opponent. The extra 20 calories weren’t enough to knock me down, but it was a solid Dunkin’ effort.