Or: Morning Corndogs.

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[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

America is a land of "on-the-go" food: the drive-thru window, the assembly line burger. Everything that we thought was immobile has become mobile—phone service, Internet access. With its Pancake Sausage bites, Dunkin' Donuts has taken the old-fashioned sausage and pancake breakfast, and—say it with me—made it mobile!

I couldn't help but notice when Dunkin' rolled out this new product. It seemed so absurd, a little gross, even: a pancake-like munchkin with a sausage inside? But when the average consumer makes a Mr. Yuck face, yours truly has to step in to stomach the unstomachable. If it's new, I'm gonna try it.

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The Pancake Sausage Bites are simply little balls that look like "munchkins," Dunkin's doughnut holes. Outside, they have a corn-based "pancake" batter; inside, the ball of sausage. They come in a 3-pack or a 6-pack, and seem to be sticking around for awhile: they're now the #8 on Dunkin's menu. Be careful, though—at 100 calories per bite, the six-pack is no light breakfast. (As a basis for comparison, sugar-coated Munchkins have 60 calories per, and jelly-filled have 80 apiece).

With low expectations from my last visit to Dunkin's breakfast, I was very surprised by how much I liked the flavors that came out of the first "Bite." The pancake coating was more like a breading, and simultaneously tasted like pancakes and cornbread; the more I chomped, the more it started to remind me of a corndog, though almost sweet and greasy enough to be a funnel cake. The sausage inside was like any reasonably juicy breakfast sausage: sweet and meaty-tasting, with a little pepper and spice.

By the third and final "Bite," I realized that I actually liked the things. There are elements of corndogs, pancakes, and breakfast sausage. No particular flavor dominates, and it ends up as a weird but tasty balance—mini morning corndogs for Jimmy Dean fans. I intended only to eat one; however, I scarfed down three and strongly considered getting three more "just to be sure."

Bring on the comment firestorm, but I'll admit it: I'm a fan.

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