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What's the Best Doughnut?

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published August 18th 2011
Assorted Doughnuts - Photo by ReneS


Before you start to engage in the frivolous doughnut versus donut spelling debate, perhaps take a moment to consider the taste of these addictive things. And for crying out loud, don't let me hear you say, "Oh, but I am on a diet," or "They are too fatty." Poppycock. No food is junk food. Any dietician worth his or her fat will tell you that there's nutritional content in everything big and small. Yes, my partners in sugar and innumerable carbohydrates, that does include doughnuts.

The old nursery rhyme, one a penny two a penny hot cross buns doesn't necessarily factor in the exorbitant rates of inflation. I know that buns aren't relevant to our doughnut discussion but it had to be mentioned because, lucky for me the consumer price index does take the occasional fall when it comes to my favourite doughnuts. They are the banana custard doughnuts from Mr. Donut. I bought these on special for $2.99 from the Woolworths supermarket just recently, making them approximately 75 cents each. How ridiculously cheap.

Unfortunately the 7-Eleven stores purchase the same banana custard doughnuts en masse from Mr. Donut, and seek to profit on top of that. My brother happened to uncover this deceitful conspiracy, enabling me to save on doughnut expenses by getting them from the local store. I suggest you do the same thing. Well, that all depends on whether you like them or not.

Donut King Doughnuts - Photo by Avlxyz


Then there's the famous Donut King, which started its reign in Sydney, though it is currently based in Southport in Queensland. In my opinion, this super duper franchise still retains the crown for the best cinnamon doughnuts imaginable, especially when they are freshly prepared and too hot to handle, much less eat.

Nowadays Donut King products are on the expensive side, with a doughnut boy costing nearly the same price as a pack of four banana custard donuts when they're on special. Mr. Donut also happens to be more filling but they're far too much on the cinnamon side, forcing me to scrape off the excess cinnamon from the rich banana icing. There's nothing like the taste of the greasy icing, along with the cool custard when you bite into the centre. Refrigeration of these babies merely complements the delectably smooth pleasure.

So, whether it's Mr. Donut, or His Majesty the Donut King, or maybe even a noble jam doughnut from the local bakery, please tell us your thoughts. What is the best doughnut?
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You just reminded me of something critical, Natasha. I can't believe I left this one out, but it's been so long since I've been there. The American Donuts from the Queen Victoria Market are totally irresistible. They are jam doughnuts sold from a permanently stationed van. It's best to get these first thing in the morning because by early afternoon they sell out.
By Matthew - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 24th of August @ 06:42 am
Try dreamy donuts mmmm....... they are definately worth a mention. We had a comparison when my husband recently returned from Sydney he bought a half dozen of krispy kremes on his return and the kids then had a krispy v dreamy showdown. The 'dreamies' won hands down and were larger and sweeter, no favourites they are all great.
By liz.s - reader
Monday, 22nd of August @ 02:18 am
Krispy Kream on Hawken Drive St Lucia.
mmmm the Doughnuts are fresh & taste great.
By hirue - reader
Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 05:24 am
I don't actually know what the store is called, but there are some really tasty doughnuts at Adelaide Airpot. They are pretty similar to Krispy Kremes, but obviously a bit different. They have really fun flavours and toppings too, and are one of the best things to get when waiting to catch a plane.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 07:46 am
Queen Victoria market donuts. I'm sure anyone who has had them agree. No other donut comes close except for the ones at Footscray station which are similar.
By Leanne Sampson-Bowden - senior reviewer
Monday, 26th of November @ 06:12 pm

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