All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Donut & Muffin Factory (Auburn, WA)

Donut & Muffin Factory

Auburn, WA

201 4th St NE
Auburn, WA 98002

(253) 939-8030

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: Maple Bar

Signature shop donut: NA

Most popular US donut: glazed

2nd most popular US donut: Boston Crème

Donut Hole: Yes

What I tried:

Maple Bar, Raspberry Filled, Boston Creme, and a dozen donut holes for $3.65

 

What to expect:

This is your standard donut shop. They’ve been in operation over 30 years and know how to make their donuts and please their customers. Eat a donut inside or take it to go, parking is easy and the staff is friendly. The donuts are fresh (even the ones you buy at the end of the day) and the dough is delicious.

 

My favorite:

If you like maple bars, you will LOVE this shop’s maple bar. I’m a fan of glazed and yeast donuts and absolutely loved their dough. The donut holes and boston creme were delicious! I absolutely loved that the boston creme was a glazed donut and not a powdered or chocolate topped.

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All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Countryside Donut House – Bothell, WA

Countryside Donut House

Bothell, WA

10032 Main St, Bothell, WA 98011

(425) 485-4530

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: NA
Signature shop donut: NA
Most popular US donut: glazed
2nd most popular US donut: Boston crème
Donut Hole: not available

What I tried:

French Crueller (with white glaze), Old Fashioned, Plain Cake Donut, Maple Bar, Apple Fritter

$12 total for a dozen

 

What to expect:

I’m fairly certain they gave me some day old donuts with their regular donuts as some of the donuts were unusually stale for 1pm. The ones that weren’t unusually stale were oily, like the oil hadn’t been changed recently. I was very unimpressed with the quality of their donuts and I’m very disappointed in this local donut shop.

My favorite:

I’m not a fan of maple glazed, but that was the freshest donut in the box. I did not like any of the other stale donuts (of course) and will never be going back to this donut shop.

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Krispy Kreme – Issaquah, WA

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Issaquah, WA

6210 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

(425) 391-8011

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: Original Glazed
Signature shop donut: NA
Most popular US donut: glazed
2nd most popular US donut: Chocolate Kreme
Donut Hole: Glazed

What I tried:

Chocolate kreme, original glazed, and maple bar

$3.85 total

What to expect:

The chocolate and maple glaze are truly atrocious and too sweet. The yeast flour would be delicious if not covered by a too thick layer of sickly sweet glaze. Not worth the price of $3.85 for three donuts.  Happy 80th to the original glazed. The worst fresh glazed donut I’ve had.

My favorite:

The shop is definitely cool and they display their heavy duty looking machinery through display glass and you can watch the donuts being created while you enjoy your too-sweet donuts.

Foodie Fridays: Fitness Food Review

In my quest to find the perfect protein bar, I stumbled upon this gem for $2.49 at my local GNC.

The Maple Glazed Doughnut Protein Bar.

Flavor: Decent. Not too sweet.

Texture: Smooth. Slightly chewy. Easy to swallow.

Eatability: Hard to finish the bar in one sitting, but half the bar is 110 calories and that is a fair amount for me.

Protein Content: 20G protein

Sugar Content: 1G sugar! The rule of thumb I read is you should get less than 6g of sugar in your 20g protein bar so kudos to ONE.

Other ingredients: I don’t know what all the ingredients are after reading through the ingredients list… I would like to have all natural ingredients in my protein bar ideally.

Value: At $2.49/bar I wouldn’t buy this item again as I don’t think I want to pay over $2/bar. I do think the flavor is decent and the texture is perfect and the amount of sugar per protein is ideal. If I could find a lower price point, I would definitely buy this one again, though I would like to find one without the list of chemicals in the ingredients.

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Factory Donuts – Kirkland, WA

Factory Donuts

Kirkland, WA

12505 NE 144th St, Kirkland, WA 98034

(425) 821-6140

 

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: Maple Bar
Signature shop donut: Croissant Sandwich/Large Glazed Ring
Most popular US donut: glazed
2nd most popular US donut: Boston crème
Donut Hole: Yes

What I tried:

cruller, glazed knot, old fashioned, maple, Boston, Donut Holes

$14.50/mixed dozen

I’ve been to this donut shop before – during NaNo, but went back for a dozen for this review!

What to expect:

Maple – sweet but one of the best subtle maple flavors, a clean and fresh glazed, dry cruller, the plain cake donut – oily exterior and classic interior. This shop has almost every classic donut you could want and a few more variations. Everything I’ve had was fresh and delicious.

 

My favorite:

Anything glazed! Even their maple ‘glaze’ is not too bad.

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Donut Pub in NYC

Donut Pub

New York, New York

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203 W 14th St (At 7th Ave) New York, NY 10011

(212) 929-0126

donutpub.com

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What I tried:

Canoli cronut & french krueller & 3 glazed donut holes

~$

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What to expect:

They are open 24/7 so usually they have donuts all day. They carried all their advertised flavors. It was a larger space with old dining style seating (plenty of it too). the french krueller was heavy and oily and after one bite I was done. The donut holes were standard and delicious.

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My favorite:

Croissant donut! They use FUDGE on the cannoli croissant donut and it was the best donut I’ve ever had.

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All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Underwest Donuts in NYC

Underwest Donuts

New York, New York

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638 W 47TH ST, New York , NY 10036
212 317 2359

underwestdonuts.com

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What I tried:

Carwash, raspberry yogurt, and maple waffle.

~$9.75.

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What to expect:

The raspberry is sour and sweet. The Carwash is classic vanilla. Heavy fresh cake base on all the donuts. The Carwash is most popular. Get your donuts, literally, in the car wash building, where you’d normally use the restroom or sit and watch your car get freshened up.

My favorite:

The location is fabulously unique (if you don’t mind the smell of carwash chemicals). The donuts are also normal sized and much like Dunkin Donuts in that they have heavier cake filling and aren’t bigger than your hand!

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Dough Donuts in NYC

Dough Donuts

New York, New York

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230 Park Avenue (at 45th St) New York, NY 10169
646-747-0806

doughdonuts.com

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What I tried:

passionfruit and horchata blood orange (the daily special)

~$6.50.

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What to expect:

More than just fun looking and fun flavored donuts, this is a space you can chill (which apparently in NYC is difficult to find).

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My favorite:

The view. These donuts were not worth the calories, but the glazes were worth a lick.

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All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Doughnuttery in NYC

Doughnuttery

New York, New York

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1000S Eighth Avenue, (Columbus Circle Subway Station), Suite #22, New York, NY 10019
212-633-4359

doughnuttery.com

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What I tried:

6 for $6 (plain and lemon)

~$6 and tax

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What to expect:

Grab and go donuts smothered in a multitude of sugars.

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My favorite:

This donut shop is located in the subway! Underground donuts!

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All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Doughnut Project in NYC

Doughnut Project

New York, New York

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10 Morton Street, NY, NY 10014

212.691.5000

thedoughnutproject.com

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What I tried:

lemon sea salt

~$3.75

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What to expect:

This lovely little local shop will run out so get there early! They are large and handcrafted donuts of usual and unusual flavors. They ran out at 3:30, but we were able to snag the second to last donut! It was quite large and easily fed us both. They are perfect for sharing. The flavor was delicious with a heavy yeast filling and a light lemon flavor that was true to lemon, but delicious and to top it off we could taste the hint of sea salt.

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My favorite:

This was an easy to find location that featured a Star Wars interior theme and best of all they offer donut classes!