Seemingly out of nowhere gourmet doughnuts have exploded onto the local food scene. And why not? They pair perfectly with that hand roasted coffee we Victorians love so much and they’re the ideal treat to indulge in while strolling the local farmers markets.
Today we put on our most comfortable pants and set out on a very important mission. Duty called, and we bravely answered. The mission: Sample at least one locally made doughnut from three of Victoria’s newest doughnut makers.
First up, the Spicy Pecan Doughnut ($3.25) by Yonni’s Doughnuts. The spice is subtle and beautifully subdues the sweetness of an otherwise sugary pastry. Made from scratch in-house every day by the Discovery Coffee baking team, Yonni’s Doughnuts are available exclusively at all Discovery Coffee locations.
Find Discovery Coffee at 664 Discover St., 1964 Oak Bay Ave., & 281 Menzies St., Victoria BC.
Next on the list was the Muddy Buddy ($2.00) from Mortiscycle Donuts, the latest creation of The Superior owner Lisa Boheme. Donuts are served on sunny days at the outdoor Superior Point Espresso Bar (tucked up next to The Superior) or everyday at 2% Jazz Coffee. The classic chocolate doughnut is certainly the tamest of their vibrant flavours, but it’s classic for a reason.
Find Superior Point Espresso Bar at 106 Superior St. & 2% Jazz Coffee at 1701 or 2631 Douglas St., Victoria BC.
Lastly, we stopped by the Doughboy Donuts stand at the Downtown Farmers’ Market for a gluten-free Carrot Cake Doughnut with Cream Cheese Icing ($3.00). Celiacs, rejoice! The Doughboys have done it. They’ve created a gluten-free treat as delicious as a baked-good jammed with all the gluten a girl could ask for.
For the grand finale, we added a seasonal Rhubarb Ginger Fritter ($3.00) to our Doughboys order, and boy are we glad we did – it might just be our favourite!
Now for the real debate – is it donuts or doughnuts?