A good friend of mine called me last week and said, ‘Jamie, you’ll never guess what I saw in the grocery store today!’ and of course I’m all intrigued and say, ‘WHAT?!’
Turns out she had just discovered the Dunkin Donuts line of holiday coffees and I was the first person she thought of so she called me from the grocery store.
She gave me a little snack size bag of Mocha Mint and it was gone within 24 hours.
Coffee is one of those things that when you smell brewing it makes you all warm and fuzzy inside and, for me, invokes memories of childhood holidays. I always knew my mother was up well before anyone else getting the dinner preparations done when the smell of coffee brewing wafted into my room. To this day, every time I smell it brewing, especially in the morning, that’s what I think of.
My Aunt Tee and Uncle Corny (so named by my mom for his sense of humor) were who we spent most holidays with. Their house on the farm with Pecan trees and grapevines in the yard. Actually, they were my great aunt and uncle. One of grandmother’s younger sisters.
She could cook, bake and garden like nobody’s business and walking into her house was like simultaneously walking into a bakery and a flower shop. And it smelled best during the holidays. The smell of pumpkin pies, turkey, ham and dressing heavy in the air and each meal was always finished off with a coffee.
She and my uncle have since passed on after over 65 years together. I was lucky enough to inherit one of the many tables we sat at during holiday meals. So it’s no wonder that when I have my coffee at that table with my own family it’s still like wrapping myself in a warm blanket just like it was so many years before.
Of course these days my Dunkin Donuts Coffee is brewed in a Keurig and comes in a variety of flavors including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf® and special seasonal varieties including Mocha Mint, Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Cookie. And I can enjoy it from the convenience of my home without having to locate the nearest Dunkin Donuts since it’s available at my local grocery store. But it’s still just as warm and comforting as it was back then.
The Dunkin Donuts Holiday Coffees are only available for a limited time and they come with a cute gift tag which makes them perfect for gift giving. Feel free to put one in my stocking!