Review: Hugs & Donuts does gourmet right – The Leader

Top Row – White Berry, Birthday Cake, Chocolate iced with sprinkles. Bottom Row – Peanut Butter & Jelly, Oreo Thumbprint, Glazed.

Someone recently told me it’s hard get a donut wrong, but I’d say it’s hard to get right.

There are plenty of mediocre donuts out there, and I wouldn’t go out of my way for them. But I’d do just that for a selection from Hugs & Donuts, where flavor doesn’t get bogged down in the name of creativity.

The little shop boasts an array of donuts, from the classic glazed to the one-of-a-kind Marsh Madness, which as you probably can imagine, is covered in marshmallows.

And while kolaches are on the menu, I was too enamored by the different kinds of donuts to check the other options.

Some of the donuts were colorful, like the Fruity Pebble Crunch, a cake donut with Fruity Pebbles sprinkled on top. If I wanted to be adventurous with my donut selection, I didn’t have to get the brightest one with the most toppings.

I chose six different donuts to try, but don’t worry. I didn’t eat six full donuts in one sitting, though with these I think I could have.

At other donut shops I tend to get glazed and chocolate with sprinkles, so I decided to try them at Hugs & Donuts as well to see how they compare. I also got a Peanut Butter and Jelly, Oreo Thumbprint, Berry White and Birthday Cake.

The glazed was filled with thick, soft bread. I loved that there wasn’t an abundance of glaze on top. So it was sweet, but because the glaze was at a minimum, I didn’t feel like I was eating pure sugar.

Blackberry jelly was at the center of the Berry White donut. It wasn’t filled with it, but just a little added to the middle to give each bite a taste of the berry. The icing on top tasted like white chocolate with crumbles on top.

It seemed each ingredient added to the top of the donut was added with a light hand, so none was overwhelming. Instead there were perfect amounts of icing, breading and jelly.

I had to get the Peanut Butter and Jelly because of my love for that type of sandwich. While the bread of the donut tasted peanut buttery, the jelly filling was too much.

The Oreo Thumbprint was essentially a donut with Oreo crumbles on top of a cream icing with chocolate melted into the center. I appreciated that the Oreo on top was soft instead of crunchy. The little bit of chocolate in the center gave the donut an extra ounce of chocolate I’m not sure it needed.

My go-to donut is a chocolate iced with sprinkles, so I had a few expectations when trying the one from Hugs & Donuts. And it was pretty good. Like the other donuts, the bread was fresh and soft and took up a lot of the donut. I’m not used to donuts being thick on the inside, and the chocolate icing was just enough to cover the top, but I wasn’t swimming in icing.

The only cake donut I tried, Birthday Cake, was easily one of my favorites. Breading in cake donuts is more compact, and while I usually find cake donuts a little dry, this one was just as soft and buttery as the others. It reminded me of my favorite type of cake – yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

The donut itself tasted like yellow cake, and on top were thin layers of chocolate, crumbles and sprinkles.

What made these gourmet donuts so good is that I never felt there was too much icing, too much glaze, too much of anything, except with the PB&J. But the others were good enough to make me forget about that one.

Hugs & Donuts

Address: 1901 N. Shepherd Dr.
Hours: 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday
Pricing: $1:50-$2.50 for singles, $11-$18 for boxes
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: No
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Birthday Cake

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