When I was younger, there was only one name synonymous w/ donuts, and that name was Dunkin Donuts. My family and friends would pass up 4 or 5 "mom and pop" donut shops and drive an extra 10-15 minutes just to get Dunkin Donuts. Not only was there name recognition (as a result of good marketing and advertising), but they just tasted best. Sadly, that is no longer the case today. I have noticed over the past several years that Dunkin Donuts has lost its way in making donuts. Last week when my wife and I were out, she wanted a cup of coffee so I went through the DD drive thru and decided while I was there to get a couple of donuts. To make a short story even shorter, I took a couple of bites, and threw them out of the window - they were that bad. The donuts were dry, hardened, and tasteless...sorta like day old donuts. I honestly believe that my 9-year old niece could make better donuts in her Hasbro Easy Bake Oven. Here in Atlanta we have a Krispy Kreme store on just about every corner, and I know that they have stolen alot of the thunder away from Dunkin Donuts, but to me, it seems like Dunkin Donuts doesn't even try to compete anymore - like they've just thrown in the towel and don't care anymore. It's like they say..."Yeah, we know that America has a love affair w/ Krispy Kreme right now, but oh well, these things happen." This isn't just one DD shop, but I have the same experience at any DD shop that I've gone to. It may sound like I frequent DD all the time, but really, I rarely go there. It's just that when I do, or when someone brings DD into the office, I always think to myself..."What a god-awful donut." Funny thing though, while DD quality is non-existant, my wife and a few other people I know actually prefer DD coffee to the expensive stuff from the likes of Starbucks. Great coffee, cruddy donuts. Go figure. Anyway, have any of you noticed the slow demise of the great American Institution formerly known as Dunkin Donuts over the years?