Today, donuts are no longer hand-cut, but the Munchkins have become such a popular product that they are now manufactured separately. Now, the donut holes are made using a special automated tool, which molds the dough into its signature perfectly round shape. Per Dunkin’s blog, about five of the small Munchkin holes make up the equivalent of one regular-sized cake donut.
Through the years, the company has added many additional Munchkins flavors, including some specialty versions — like buttermilk, confetti, and red velvet — that are only available in the bite-sized variety. “It’s always fun when we create limited-time flavors in the Munchkins Donut Hole Treats format. It gives our guests a great way to sample some of our new treats and innovative flavors,” Rick Golden, Dunkin’s Manager of Donut Excellence, said of the process (via Dunkin’).
Today, the store now sells about 1 billion total Munchkins annually, with the jelly, glazed, and chocolate flavors remaining the store’s best-selling Munchkin flavors overall, according to Dunkin’. The brand has even started mixing them into milkshakes these days, too.