Image via the Doughnut Plant website.
It all started with a chocolate donut, which sounds simple enough, but this wasn’t just any old chocolate donut…
It was the Brooklyn Blackout at Doughnut Plant, a cakey, chocolate pudding-filled, chocolate glaze donut sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs. And ever since I tasted its sweet deliciousness on my 22nd birthday, I’ve been craving it like crazy.
I’m not quite sure what encouraged me to go around New York City taste testing as many donuts as my belly could hold, but the fact is, Dunkin’ Donuts just ain’t cutting it anymore, and I felt like it would be worth it. My first stop was Doughnuttery at Chelsea Market, where I had mini speckled strawberry and fruity cereal donuts. Not bad choices, but sugared donuts can become a little too much too fast. I think being able to visit all the shops in Chelsea Market (and especially the Artists & Fleas there) was the major win for me.
My next stop was Orwasher’s Bakery. Orwasher’s doesn’t specialize in donuts, but OH MY GAWD. OH. MY. GAWD. It was by far my favorite place on the “tour.” I had a chocolate donut filled with the best “farm-fresh” strawberry jam. It was so good I tried to convince my boyfriend to get one (so I could eat that one too), but I wasn’t that lucky. Clearly these people know what they’re doing since they’ve been in business for nearly 100 years.
I have a serious sweet tooth and I could eat bread every day of my existence, which made Dough donuts amazing. Dough is completely different from Doughnut Plant, given their donuts are really fluffy, light and aren’t super sweet. I enjoyed a hibiscus donut and a dulce de leche donut in one sitting, and I don’t regret it a bit.
So would I do it again? Probably. There’s still Dun-Well Doughnuts, Dough Loco and Peter Pan Donut & Pastry shop waiting for me to pay a visit… What’s a diet?