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I am not a specialty coffee guy.  Basically, if it ends in “ino,” I’m taking a hard pass.  I am, however, fascinated by their popularity.  Perhaps it’s because of how immersed into diet, exercise, and better health that we’ve been in the last year.  I just look at these drinks as HUGE fat, sugar, and calorie bombs.  Seriously, I’ll be in Starbucks and just watch one of these being created with multiple syrups, sweet creams, chocolate and caramel sauces and think, “My GAWD, that’s more junk in a drink than I’ll have all week!”  Not only that, but usually these drinks have an ingredient list as long as your arm.  So, it should come as no surprise that one of the first of these drinks-with the simplest of recipes-is being retired.  I guess Dunkin Donuts’ “Dunkaccino” just isn’t as exciting as it once was.

How exciting was it BITD?  So much so that Al Pacino, yes…THAT Al Pacino, starred in a commercial for it.

The Dunkaccino was introduced to the Dunkin menu in 2000 and is, wait for it, a combination of coffee and hot chocolate.  That’s it, that’s the list.  And in the ever-evolving java world, where the more complicated the better, it’s time has come and gone.  According to, quoting a Dunkin spokesperson, “As we focus on innovation and finding new ways to delight guests, we continually evolve our menu in an effort to deliver a fast, frictionless experience. The Dunkaccino is retired for now, but there’s always the chance for its return in the future.”

So, I guess if you want your “Dunkaccino” fix from now you, you’ll just have to combine coffee and hot chocolate in your kitchen and call it what it was known as for years prior to 2000, “Mocha.”

These Are The 10 Best Local Coffee Shops In Charlotte North Carolina

Coffee. We have to have it. In the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or sometime in between. In all honesty, it doesn’t matter too much where it comes from. But some places do have better coffee than others. And while chains like Starbucks and Dunkin can be great (and convenient) trying local spots can offer something different. Want to try local coffee shops in Charlotte but don’t know where to start? Try these 10 shops which were named the 10 Best Local Coffee Shops In Charlotte by CoffeeAffection. And if anyone knows coffee it has to be them. Some are local chains with several stores and others are single locations. But all will have a quality brew.

Local spots like this can be much more enjoyable if you want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. They also tend to have unique food items as well if you’re hungry for a quick bite. Perhaps you work from home and want to get out of the house for a while. If so this is for you. This list was compiled by CoffeeAffection’s writer Ed Malaker who is a self-proclaimed coffee expert. You have to be if you work at a publication called CoffeeAddiction. Check out what he says are the 10 best coffee shops in Charlotte below, and next time you head out for some caffeine consider stopping by one of them.