I know Doughnut Day was on June 6th, but I was on my juice cleanse that day. My friend, Andrea, and I decided to have our own Doughtnut Day. So today was it!
We went to local doughnut shops all across Toronto.
The first doughtnut place we went to was Von Doughtnuts. We ordered the Cap N’ Jack and the Crème Brûlée.
The Cap N’ Jack is drizzled with caramel, dipped in Jack Daniels, and topped with Captain Crunch cereal. I really enjoyed the crunch the Captain Crunch cereal gave. All the flavours blended nicely, but it was quite sweet for me.
The Crème Brûlée was a letdown. There wasn’t much taste to it, even when you had the filling with the dough. It would have been nice if it was fresh out of the oven. The caramelized sugar on the top was the best part. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to compensate for the lack of taste.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit. It was a nice shop and the doughnuts were big for size. According to their website, each doughnut has days that they are available for purchase. So if there’s one in particular that you’d like, I suggest to plan ahead. I believe they also had your usual coffee and tea.
The next place we went to was called Delica. This place is not just a doughtnut shop but they have breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, etc. Everything looked delicious in there. And, they make their own Oreos! At Delica, we ordered the Oreo and Blueberry Balsamic doughnuts.
The Oreo one was quite good. It was sweet but not as sweet in comparison to the Cap N’ Jack at Von Doughnuts. It had a nice powder texture, but I do wish the Oreo cookie was crunchier.
The Blueberry Balsamic doughnut was an interesting one. I chose this one for us to try because of the balsamic part. It tasted like the jelly filling in the Timbits from Tim Horton’s; Andrea said it tasted like jam. It definitely wasn’t as sweet as the Oreo one, which I liked.
I quite enjoyed this place, not only for their doughnuts, but the other items on their menu. I didn’t get to try the others but they looked delicious. I would definitely go back for another visit. Added bonus: Their high-top tables are vintage trays!
The third place of our Doughnut Day was The Rolling Pin. It was quite a walk from the subway station from what I can remember. They place had more than just doughnuts, but of course, we were only there for them.
I remember we took a while at this place to choose what we wanted. Eventually, we decided on the Lemon Bomb and Elvis.
I chose the Lemon Bomb for us because I wanted to lay off the really sweet flavours. Otherwise, I would have chosen the Salted Caramel doughnut. This doughnut was nothing special. It was good and had a strong lemon-flavoured filling, but nothing spectacular about it.
The Elvis doughnut was pretty amazing. It had peanut butter, bananas, bacon, and chocolate drizzled on top. It literally tasted like a peanut butter and banana sandwich, but times the sweetness by 1000. I enjoyed it minus the bacon. I am not a bacon fan (shocking, I know).
While I did enjoy the Elvis doughnut, I’m not sure if I’d make the trek all the way back to try the Salted Caramel one. It had the needle to inject the caramel into the doughnut! But if you ever do visit The Rolling Pin, the Elvis doughnut is a must.
The next place we went to was Emma’s Country Kitchen. By this time, we definitely needed to eat something savoury. We started around 9:30 in the morning eating doughnuts!
Unfortunately, when we arrived to the place, their doughnuts had sold out. However, we ate there anyway for their brunch. I considered this time as our “doughnut break.”
From the menu, I had the Emma’s Benny. It came with two eggs Benedict, peameal bacon, a buttermilk biscuit, and a side of potatoes.
I gave Andrea the peameal bacon, since I don’t like bacon. Everything was good until I had the biscuit. It was the most saltiest biscuit I’ve ever had. I don’t even know why it was salty to begin with!
Unfortunately, I probably won’t come back for this meal, but only to try their doughnuts. Next time we will arrive early!
After our break, we travelled to our next and last doughnut place: Through Being Cool. It’s a vegan place. At this shop, we ordered the Chocolate Coconut and Maple Pecan.
The Maple Pecan had an interesting sweet taste for me. It could be because it’s vegan but it definitely was peculiar. It was a good doughnut. It did have a good amount of sweetness and the pecans were a nice touch.
The last doughnut for me of the day was the Chocolate Coconut. It had a strange texture to the dough. It was a mixture of a cake and a raised doughnut. There was quite a bit of coconut to it, however, it’s sweet taste was balanced with the dough. Unfortunately, I was so full from all the other doughnuts, brunch, and Ribfest from the night before that I could not finish it. I know it was only half but it was too much for me. The doughnut was good, but I had no room left in my stomach.
Although the doughnnuts were good, I don’t think I’d go back for another visit. The main specialty of the place is that it’s vegan. Otherwise, the doughnuts weren’t that special for me to have a second visit.
So, which doughnut did I like the most? It’s a two-way tie between the Cap N’ Jack (Von Doughnuts) and Elvis (The Rolling Pin). I really liked the flavours and crunch of the Cap N’ Jack but it was quite sweet. And the Elvis tasted exactly like a peanut butter and banana sandwich, which you cannot go wrong with that. But, I didn’t like the bacon part. That’s why it’s a two-way tie for me.
The most interesting doughnut for me was the Blueberry Balsamic one at Delica. I think I would have another go at it the next time I visit.
Out of all the doughnut places, my favourite is a tie between Von Doughnuts and Delica. They’re both such cute places. While Delica didn’t have a wide variety of doughnuts, the interior decor alone sold me. And I quite liked the variety at Von Doughnuts.
There you have it- Four doughnut shops and eight different doughnuts all in one day. We were going to visit Gloryhole Doughnuts but I literally could not fit another doughnut in my stomach. It will definitely be on our next Doughnut Day.
Let me know which ones you’d try, and if there are any places in Toronto I should visit for my next Doughnut Day.
– Synthia T.