Is Dunkin' Donuts Throwing Shade at Starbucks With Its Holiday Cups?

Published On 11/10/2015 Published On 11/10/2015
Courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts

While people continue to latte foam at the mouth over the new allegedly anti-American red holiday cups from Starbucks, it appears Dunkin' Donuts has quietly rolled out its own holiday coffee cups and -- get this -- they come decked with a festive wreath surrounding the word "joy" in perfect, red Christmas cursive.

That's some damn excellent timing, right? Here's what they look like:

In recent days, Starbucks has come under intense criticism -- if you're willing to legitimatize it by calling it criticism -- for the minimalist two-tone ombre design we wrote about earlier this month. Specifically, America's Christmas police™ allege the company has "removed Christmas" from the cups, which have historically featured things like snowmen, ornaments, and snowflakes, but not the words "Merry Christmas." Clearly, the design flies in the face of The Bible, which states that holiday-themed coffee cups must come adorned with sacred symbols like snowflakes. Or something like that.

On Monday night, Donald Trump jumped into the caffeinated controversy, suggesting a possible boycott of Starbucks, according to a report by USA Today. Because what's the "War on Christmas" if people aren't pissed off about something stupid?

We reached out to Dunkin' Donuts to comment on the cup design.

UPDATE: 2:45pm ET

Dunkin' Donuts provided the following statement from Scott Hudler, Vice President of Global Consumer Engagement:

"For many years Dunkin’ Donuts has served coffee in festive cups featuring the word 'joy' as part of our annual celebration of the season and holiday offerings. We believe this conveys the happiness and spirit of the holiday season in a way that resonates with our guests."

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and suggests purchasing a reusable coffee travel mug if you care so much about what it looks like. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.



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