11. Brownie Batter
A chocolate-lover’s dream became our tasters’ mediocre nightmare in its heavy-handed treatment of chocolate, which was applied liberally on top of and within the donut -- in a kind of “pudding-y” form that was just too much to handle. If you love brownies, though, and are settling for getting a donut instead, this is the one for you.
Best quote: "This is like a pure sugar experience that I don’t mind that much." - Corey
10. Vanilla Frosted with Sprinkles
Deemed “a Funfetti donut that’s not much fun”, the vanilla frosted with sprinkles was lifted out of the quagmire of the chocolate and strawberry frosted donuts. The frosting was less one-note than the other two examples, having a certain citrusy aftertaste that convinced our tasters it wasn’t just sugar, but something more.
Best quote:"The sprinkles do add a bit of excitement." - Chad
9. Blueberry Cake
“Unsettlingly blue-tasting” was the prevailing sentiment for this cake donut, which smelled more like Crunch Berries than something that actually grows on a shrub. Our tasters were hit by a sucker-punch of sugar, which they believed detracted from the fruity element of the donut. It could benefit from being flavored with honey instead.
Best quote: "Smells like a little mix that you use to make blueberry muffins." - Karen
This classic donut variety didn’t fare too well overall due to its striking similarity in composition to the Bavarian Kreme. In reality, it only differs in what it’s filled with, which, in this case, is a syrupy red goo not really attributable to any specific fruit. Our tasters remarked that some added acidity in the jelly would do volumes for the recipe.
Best quote: "I feel like you need a Wet-Nap after this donut." - Karen
Overall, the old-fashioned was pretty reminiscent of a bag of store-bought miniature donuts, and that was both its saving grace and its undoing. The composition was a bit on the dry side, with our tasters remarking that it needed some coffee for “dunkin’”. There were signs that this donut was aspiring toward cider donut territory, but none of the elements were quite there.
Best quote: "It makes me nostalgic for other donuts that aren’t this donut." - Andrew