While driving thru Dunkin’ Donuts, I was handed a fresh hot cup of coffee to go in a new festive holiday cup with the word "Joy" printed on it. It's normal for Dunkin Donuts to start using special cup this time of year. But with the recent Starbucks' Holiday Cup controversy, this was something a little bit more. 


Many users praised the design and lauded Dunkin’ Donuts for embracing Christmas and the holidays. Some think this is what Starbucks should have done, which gets the Holiday Coffee Cup Controversy fired up again. I just love coffee.

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On November 1, Starbucks debuted a plain red cup that had no mention of the holidays or Christmas. Its simple design incited some customers to accuse Starbucks of dissing Christmas.

Starbucks removed the season’s “symbols” like ornaments and snowflakes, saying it favored a simpler model.

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According to Fox 6 News Milwaukee, VP Jeffrey Fields said Starbucks “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”

Dunkin’ explained the cup’s design in a statement to CNNMoney: “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.”

Dunkin’, owned by Yum Brands, means to reflect the “happiness and spirit of the holiday season in a way that resonates with our guests.”

Armed with this new ammunition, let the social media controversy heat up.

Personally, I think this is way more interesting for social media. Dunkin Donuts Lip Balm. Seriously.

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Now we're talkin'!