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    Time to Judge the Doughnuts

    Dunkin' Donuts will announce winner of "Create Dunkin¿s Next Donut" contest June 5.

    CANTON, Mass. -- Dunkin’ Donuts challenged Americans to channel their imagination and love of doughnuts for the first-ever "Create Dunkin’s Next Donut" contest.

    From the nearly 130,000 entries submitted online, Dunkin’ Donuts announced 12 finalists who will compete for the chance to win a $12,000 grand prize and have their winning doughnut sold in participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country. Americans can vote for their favorite finalist online at www.dunkindonuts.com/donut.

    The lucky dozen includes:

    -- "A Nutter One" -- A chocolate butter kreme-filled doughnut with peanut butter icing and chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Carol D'Angio, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

    -- "Bodacious Banana" -- A Bananas Foster-filled doughnut with chocolate icing topped with shredded coconut (Christine Roman, Ellenville, N.Y.)

    -- "Chocolate Monkey" -- A Bananas Foster-filled doughnut with chocolate icing topped with Hershey’s Milk Chocolate shavings (Michelle Ventura, Cranston, R.I.)

    -- "Economic Crunch" -- A cake doughnut with chocolate icing topped with graham cracker crunch and butternut crunch (Michael McNeil, Aliso Viejo, Calif.)

    -- "Frozen Assets" -- A chocolate mint Bavarian-filled doughnut with white icing topped with blue and green sprinkles (Kimberly Brooks, Orlando, Fla.)

    -- "Grandma’s Blueberry Maple Doughnut" -- A blueberry cake doughnut with maple icing topped with graham cracker crunch (Caitlyn Vandervelde, Coventry, R.I.)

    -- "Mexican Hot Chocolate" -- A chocolate cake stick filled with marshmallow and topped with chocolate icing, Hershey’s Cinnamon shavings and Hershey’s Vanilla shavings (Jane Boderck, Easton, Penn.)

    -- "Sm’OREO" -- A marshmallow-filled doughnut with chocolate icing topped with OREO cookie pieces and graham cracker crunch (Laura Sherland, Smithtown, N.Y.)

    -- "The Graham Slam" -- A marshmallow-filled doughnut with chocolate icing topped with graham cracker crunch and white sprinkles (Nevrie Dauti, Wayne, N.J.)

    -- "The King" -- A Bananas Foster-filled doughnut with peanut butter icing and chopped peanuts (James Smith, Mount Vernon, N.Y.)

    -- "Toffee For Your Coffee" -- A glazed, sour cream cake doughnut topped with chopped Heath Bar (Jeff Hager, Hoover, Ala.)

    -- "Tour de France" – A chocolate cake stick with hazelnut kreme glaze (Lindsay Piccotti, Clay, N.Y.)

    According to Dunkin’ Donuts, finalists were selected based on the following criteria: use of ingredients in doughnut combination, doughnut name and doughnut story.

    Each finalist wins $1,200 and will travel to Dunkin’ Donuts University in Braintree, Mass. for a bake-off before the company’s culinary team, company leaders, as well as Paul Mullins, author of "Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut," and Diane Werner, food director for Taste of Home, the No. 1 cooking magazine in the country.

    The winning doughnut will be selected based on the outcome of the bake-off and America’s online public voting. The grand-prize winner of the "Create Dunkin’s Next Donut" contest will be unveiled on National Doughnut Day, which takes June 5.

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