The PJ Tatler

Dunkin' Donuts Releases 'Festive' Holiday Cups amid Starbucks Controversy

Following the  controversy about the Starbucks Christmas cup, Dunkin’ Donuts has released their holiday coffee cup featuring the word “Joy” surrounded by a wreath.

The media has been reporting excitedly about a controversy over the Starbucks holiday cup, which is simply red and bears no Christmas-y images. Apparently hoards of people are outraged over the Christmas snub because the coffee company has left off traditional religious seasonal imagery like snowflakes or Christmas ornaments. Let’s be honest here, Starbucks has never had religious iconography on their holiday cups.

True story: I stopped at Starbucks (I live a block away from one, but who doesn’t?) this past weekend and ordered a vente decaf with sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup and didn’t even notice I should have been offended by the cup. I just got into my car and drove off to go about my day after they handed me my coffee.  Of course, I’m Jewish and Starbucks never has put a menorah on their holiday coffee cups. Should I be outraged?

For those of you who want to turn up your holiday coffee drinking experience to eleven, Dunkin’ Donuts has you covered.


As in the case of all controversies, Dunkin’ Donuts released a statement about their cups for those who would portray this as a war between two companies over their holiday coffee cups.

“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.”

The situation got so serious even presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in, telling the audience at a campaign rally: “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

I hope we can all find our peace, be it through our coffee cups or something else, this holiday season.