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Menu Tracker: New items from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dunkin’ and Starbucks

Plus additions at Baskin-Robbins, Black Seed Bagels, Buca di Beppo, Clean Juice, Dutch Bros Coffee, Eureka!, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Nekter Juice Bar, Shake Shack, Slaters 50/50, Smashburger, Torchy’s Tacos and Velvet Taco

Purple seems to be the color of this holiday season: Dunkin’ has introduced a sugarplum macchiato and a snowflake doughnut, both colored purple, and Clean Juice and Nekter Juice Bar have introduced items with purple elderberries — a fruit rarely seen in restaurants at all.

Dutch Bros Coffee, meanwhile, is coloring its seasonal “soft top” — an aerated sweetened milk topping — with blackberries, which of course are not black but purple.

Black truffles, or their flavor, at least, are being brought back by Slaters 50/50, which also is introducing a new milkshake, and Shake Shack has a seasonal truffle sauce, and burgers to go with it.

Buca di Beppo is the latest chain to team up with Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro to offer a signature dessert, while Baskin-Robbins has expanded its seasonal dessert line with a cake decorated with Christmas tree rosettes.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is testing smoked brisket in two markets, Smashburger is topping burgers with pulled pork, and Black Seed Bagels’ latest collaboration features slow-roasted lamb.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is putting Heath bits in its latest concrete, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is using Oreo Cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in its cheesecakes, Eureka! is offering an Old Fashioned with gingerbread syrup, and Starbucks is bringing back its Irish cream-flavored cold brew.

Torchy’s Tacos taco of the month has shrimp and chorizo, and Velvet Taco’s weekly taco feature has chipotle rotisserie chicken.

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