6. French Cruller
With a lighter, more delicate texture than the other donuts, the braided cruller divided our judges. Some felt that the flakiness was perfect, while others were turned off by the huge amounts of sugary icing that were poured onto the exterior. Reminiscent of a Rice Krispies Treat, but a little more cloying. (We've been watching a lot of Chopped...)
Best quote: "I think if you have a straight-up sugar addiction, this is the one you should go for." - Karen
5. Cookie Dough
One of DD’s newer offerings (it was born in January), the cookie dough donut is a heart-shaped pastry covered with chocolate chips and stuffed with cookie-dough buttercream. It suffered from a bit of an identity crisis, with our tasters not being sure whether there were coffee or caramel notes in the cream filling, as well as an oversaturation of textures -- four different ones, which detracted from the focus of the donut. The chocolate chips were universally liked, though.
Best quote: "I wouldn’t have wanted to eat the whole donut." - Andrew
4. Boston Kreme
Despite being coated with chocolate like the previous chocolate frosted with sprinkles, our tasters noticed a distinct change in the texture of the topping, which they described as being richer and creamier. The three textures (custard cream filling, yeasty donut, ganache-like frosting) work together harmoniously and make this one of the best offerings.
Best quote: "I think it’s delicious and I still love it. Texturally, the most complex. Three different textures that work really well together." - Chad
3. Bow Tie
This braided stick donut has about the same consistency and composition as the cruller, except for the fact that it tasted a little bit butterier and richer. The sweetness wasn’t overpowering, which made the “artfully braided” bow tie stand out from the rest of the pack. Plus, you could wear it to prom!
Best quote: "I do appreciate the sophistication of the shape of the donut. Oh so European." - Karen