A Doughnut Delight: National Doughnut Day, a sweet treat

Savannah Chastain
Doughnuts were numbered to keep track of what shop they represented, but tasters were left to guess where, and give their honest opinion of flavor, and texture.

National Doughnut Day is June 6, and as part of the celebration, The Log held a blind taste test comparing three Destin area doughnut shops; Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and The Donut Hole Bakery Café.

A tray of assorted doughnuts were mixed and matched from the three shops, with similar doughnuts available for unbiased tasting. The tasters for the survey were city of Destin employees.

First on the tasting tray was the maple glazed doughnuts, one from Dunkin’ Donuts and the other from Donut Hole.

Joanne Vahabzadeh, administrator of public services, preferred lighter fluffier doughnuts, and much to her surprise chose Dunkin’ Donuts maple over Donut Hole, although she added that Donut Hole’s maple frosting had a delicious nutty taste.

Webb Warren, information systems director, tried two original glazed doughnuts, one from Krispy Kreme, and the other from Donut Hole.

“It’s more of a homemade doughnut,” he said of Donut Hole’s variety. “It depends on your taste, if you like a lot of sugar.”

When Cheryl Wyren, records custodian for the city, walked into the tasting room she immediately recognized Donut Hole’s Apple Spice Crumb doughnut.

“I worked at Donut Hole about 30 years ago, back when they just sold doughnuts,” she said. “It looks just like the Donut Hole.”

The Donut Hole graciously donated doughnuts for the project. All three doughnut shops invite the public to join them in celebrating National Doughnut Day this Friday.