This post contains links through which we may earn a small commission should you make a purchase from a brand. This in no way affects our ability to objectively critique the products and brands we review.
What has over 1,000 calories, four blended donut holes, and is named after a rapper with the viral song “Munch”?
Yep, we’re talking about the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink that debuted in Dunkin’ Donuts in September 2023.
If you had to Google who Ice Spice is, don’t worry—you’re not alone (and you’re probably not Gen Z).
Ice Spice has partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts for a few reasons—one, this is a pumpkin-spice-and-ice blended drink (hence, ice and spice), and two, her popular song “Munch” has led to her fans calling themselves “Munchkins.”
While Ice Spice has received most of the credit here, Ben Affleck is also a part of this donut drink, by the way (catering to us millennials, perhaps?!).
But what exactly is the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink? Keep reading to find out more about this crazy concoction—plus how we put our own spin on it and made a healthier version of it that won’t set you back half of your daily calorie allotment.
What Is in the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink?
The Ice Spice Munchkins Drink is a blended beverage of coffee syrup, ice, liquid cane sugar, and pumpkin “munchkins” (AKA donut holes), all topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
Wait a second—did we just say it has donuts blended into a coffee drink?
Yep, we did—it’s essentially a donut smoothie, and not surprisingly, the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink is not very healthy.
For a Large Ice Spice Munchkins Drink, you’ll find four blended Pumpkin Munchkins, cane sugar syrup, coffee syrup, cream, caramel drizzle in the cup and on top, and whipped cream—yikes.
If you’re looking to get an energy boost from caffeine, you won’t find it here (it seems like it’s only coffee syrup and no *actual* coffee)—but you’ll definitely get a sugar spike (followed by that dreaded crash).
Although Dunkin’ hasn’t disclosed the sugar content of these drinks (red flag alert), we do have the calorie counts:
- Small Ice Spice Munchkins Drink: 590 calories
- Medium Ice Spice Munchkins Drink: 830 calories
- Large Ice Spice Munchkins Drink: 1,080 calories
While no one’s claiming that a donut-and-syrup drink has the same health status as, say, a kale and berry smoothie, we definitely don’t want to be drinking that many calories—so let’s make it a bit healthier, shall we?
A Healthier Take on the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink
In our healthier Ice Spice Munchkins Drink, you’ll find a quarter of the calories of the large version (245 calories) and much less sugar (22 grams).
While we did blend in some baked goods (yep, that still sounds weird), we used half of a piece of pumpkin bread instead of donut holes—bonus points if you made the pumpkin bread yourself.
We also included half of a frozen banana to get the drink nice and creamy, plus sugar-free hazelnut syrup to keep the sugar and calorie count low.
Instead of caramel drizzle, we have an option for drizzling honey around the glass and on top—but keep in mind that it will add some extra sugar and calories.
We also used oat milk instead of dairy—this can be a vegan and dairy-free drink if your pumpkin loaf is vegan—plus vanilla extract, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice for those delicious fall flavors.
Lastly, if you don’t want this to be a caffeine-free drink, feel free to add a shot of espresso to make it more of a pumpkin-spice-latte-milkshake-drink. (P.S. If you want an actual pumpkin spice latte, check out our healthy homemade PSL recipe here.)
Ingredient Spotlight: Healthier Ice Spice Munchkins Drink
- Pumpkin Bread. This is the star of the show here, as we’re ditching the donut holes for a slightly healthier alternative—half of a piece of pumpkin bread. If you make your own pumpkin bread at home, that’s even better!
- Frozen Banana. We love using half of a frozen banana in this drink to add a few nutrients and increase the creaminess factor. While you can use a room-temperature banana if you don’t have any in the freezer, frozen bananas act as ice and create more of a milkshake-like consistency (yum!).
- Oat Milk. You can use any non-dairy milk you prefer, but we love oat milk for its extra creaminess. Oat milk can vary widely in sugar and fat content—one of our favorites is Minor Figures Oat Milk Barista Blend, as it doesn’t contain added sugar or canola oil.
- Pumpkin Pie Spices. What’s a fall drink without pumpkin spice?! You can purchase pumpkin pie spice pre-blended, like this one from Simply Organic, or you can get the spices separately. Typically, pumpkin pie spice includes cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.
- Sugar-Free Hazelnut Syrup. We highly recommend using a sugar-free syrup here to cut down on calories and sugar—but most sugar-free syrups use the artificial sweetener sucralose, which we don’t want. Instead, try a monk fruit-based hazelnut syrup, like this Lakanto Sugar-Free Hazelnut Syrup.
- Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon. A bit of vanilla extract and ½ of a tablespoon of cinnamon bring out the pumpkin spice flavors without overpowering anything—plus, they smell amazing!
Ice Spice Munchkins Drink
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- ½ loaf of Pumpkin Spice
- 1 tbsp Pumpkin Spice
- 3 tbsp sugar free Hazelnut syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- ½ Frozen banana
- ½ cup oat milk
Roll pumpkin bread (if you have it) into balls.
Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth
Optional: drizzle the cup with honey, then add your drink
What Are the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink Nutrition Facts?
Dunkin’ Donuts has not released the full nutrition facts of their Ice Spice Munchkins Drink; however, we do know the calorie counts:
• Small Ice Spice Munchkins Drink: 590 calories
• Medium Ice Spice Munchkins Drink: 830 calories
• Large Ice Spice Munchkins Drink: 1,080 calories
What Is in the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink?
The Ice Spice Munchkins Drink has Pumpkin Munchkins (donut holes), liquid cane sugar, ice, water, coffee syrup, cream, caramel drizzle in the cup and on top, and whipped cream, with the amounts differing depending on which size you get.
Is the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink Healthy?
Sorry, friends; this is a resounding “no,” the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink is not healthy—not that anyone would really expect a donut smoothie to be loaded with nutrition.
If you want to make a healthier version of the Ice Spice Munchkins Drink at home, try using our tips, including half of a piece of pumpkin bread, frozen banana, sugar-free hazelnut syrup, oat milk, and pumpkin pie spices.