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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Donuts

By Sophia Carlini - 15 December 2014 16

Last week I went in search of the best donut Canberra has to offer. It was a little trickier than I thought it would be. A lot of readers reminisced about donuts that were available back in the day, which made me realise that donuts (fresh donuts in particular) may be an old favourite, but they are definitely getting harder to come by.

The Hamlet, which opened up last week in Braddon and is a part of Nookie Espresso in Garema Place was suggested many times however, I made three trips out to the city to acquire some donuts and all three times I was unable to buy them, I was either too late or they were simply not available on that day. I am still eager to try them and will continue to pop in whenever I can.

The runners up were Italian Continental Bakery in Mawson and Ricardo’s in Jamison. I headed to Ricardo’s and picked up a Salted Caramel and Reese’s pieces cronuts (Riccardo’s only sell cronuts). For those of you who have not been introduced to the cronut, it is a cross between a croissant (layered and buttery) and a donut. Cronuts are currently all the rage, but do they really fall into the category of a donut?! Anyways I could potentially be bias here because I have an obsession with Salted Caramel but this was the winner for me at Ricardo’s. There was so much caramel … I wanted five more.

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Next I headed out to Italian Continental Bakery and got myself a traditional Italian donut and a chocolate cronut. Italian Continental had a larger variety of donuts, including jam and custard filled. Both were delicious, and not comparable really. Italian donuts are also not like traditional, light, fluffy and cinnamon covered donuts; instead they are quite dense, doughy and are only rolled in sugar. None the less it was yummy, as was the chocolate cronut which seemed to be filled with more of a chocolate custard, it was very nice.

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Although I am extremely impressed with the donuts and cronuts that I did find, I am slightly disappointed that it is harder to find freshly fried donuts, rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Oh the child hood memories! But a winner must be chosen … and it’s going to have to be Ricardo’s salted caramel cronut!

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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Donuts
Genie 9:56 pm 18 Dec 14

dkNigs said :

Genie said :

dkNigs said :

TheFoodMarshall said :

This is going to sound weird, but, donuts fresh, hot and smothered in cinnamon sugar are available at Donut King in any shopping centre. If you’re after the traditional donut, why wouldn’t you go to a Donut King kiosk and buy one? I buy the kids freshly made on the spot, stinkin hot donuts every second Saturday at the Hyperdome DK. And the coffee isn’t that bad either. Sometimes.

Is there something untrendy and odd about the DK kiosks? Am I missing something?

They’re about as fresh, hot and quality as McDonalds is a fresh, hot, quality hamburger. They barely ever go through enough donuts to actually be serving them fresh, and even when they are they’re generally pretty crap.

Whenever you order cinnamon donuts from DK. They’re made fresh to order. It’s the iced ones that people usually claim aren’t fresh.

For me I regularly load up on their end of the day any 4 for $5 deal. Especially when I’m looking after teenage nieces I like to load up on sugar before returning them to their mother,

Never in the Canberra Centre or Belconnen when I’ve gone there.

I get them from Gungahlin.

dkNigs 3:49 pm 18 Dec 14

Genie said :

dkNigs said :

TheFoodMarshall said :

This is going to sound weird, but, donuts fresh, hot and smothered in cinnamon sugar are available at Donut King in any shopping centre. If you’re after the traditional donut, why wouldn’t you go to a Donut King kiosk and buy one? I buy the kids freshly made on the spot, stinkin hot donuts every second Saturday at the Hyperdome DK. And the coffee isn’t that bad either. Sometimes.

Is there something untrendy and odd about the DK kiosks? Am I missing something?

They’re about as fresh, hot and quality as McDonalds is a fresh, hot, quality hamburger. They barely ever go through enough donuts to actually be serving them fresh, and even when they are they’re generally pretty crap.

Whenever you order cinnamon donuts from DK. They’re made fresh to order. It’s the iced ones that people usually claim aren’t fresh.

For me I regularly load up on their end of the day any 4 for $5 deal. Especially when I’m looking after teenage nieces I like to load up on sugar before returning them to their mother,

Never in the Canberra Centre or Belconnen when I’ve gone there.

Genie 12:58 pm 18 Dec 14

dkNigs said :

TheFoodMarshall said :

This is going to sound weird, but, donuts fresh, hot and smothered in cinnamon sugar are available at Donut King in any shopping centre. If you’re after the traditional donut, why wouldn’t you go to a Donut King kiosk and buy one? I buy the kids freshly made on the spot, stinkin hot donuts every second Saturday at the Hyperdome DK. And the coffee isn’t that bad either. Sometimes.

Is there something untrendy and odd about the DK kiosks? Am I missing something?

They’re about as fresh, hot and quality as McDonalds is a fresh, hot, quality hamburger. They barely ever go through enough donuts to actually be serving them fresh, and even when they are they’re generally pretty crap.

Whenever you order cinnamon donuts from DK. They’re made fresh to order. It’s the iced ones that people usually claim aren’t fresh.

For me I regularly load up on their end of the day any 4 for $5 deal. Especially when I’m looking after teenage nieces I like to load up on sugar before returning them to their mother,

dkNigs 10:50 pm 17 Dec 14

TheFoodMarshall said :

This is going to sound weird, but, donuts fresh, hot and smothered in cinnamon sugar are available at Donut King in any shopping centre. If you’re after the traditional donut, why wouldn’t you go to a Donut King kiosk and buy one? I buy the kids freshly made on the spot, stinkin hot donuts every second Saturday at the Hyperdome DK. And the coffee isn’t that bad either. Sometimes.

Is there something untrendy and odd about the DK kiosks? Am I missing something?

They’re about as fresh, hot and quality as McDonalds is a fresh, hot, quality hamburger. They barely ever go through enough donuts to actually be serving them fresh, and even when they are they’re generally pretty crap.

Becmaster78 2:59 pm 17 Dec 14

Go to the Jameson Markets Donut Van on a Sunday. Best cinnamon, hot sugary donuts in Canberra. I commented in a similar post the other day and for old school, traditional they are the best in the Can. All these new types of donut are interesting and one off treats but for a donut you keep going back regularly for you can not beat the Jameson Trash n’ Treasure van.

TheFoodMarshall 12:48 pm 17 Dec 14

This is going to sound weird, but, donuts fresh, hot and smothered in cinnamon sugar are available at Donut King in any shopping centre. If you’re after the traditional donut, why wouldn’t you go to a Donut King kiosk and buy one? I buy the kids freshly made on the spot, stinkin hot donuts every second Saturday at the Hyperdome DK. And the coffee isn’t that bad either. Sometimes.

Is there something untrendy and odd about the DK kiosks? Am I missing something?

Maya123 11:52 am 16 Dec 14

Sophia Carlini said :

Solidarity said :

Can you please start spelling doughnut correctly? It’s bugging me.

Thanks

I think you might find that both ways, donut and doughnut are actually acceptable but thank you for your comments.

For interest I checked my Macquarie Dictionary. Both spellings are listed, but doughnut is the main one. Donut is listed, but with an arrow to doughnut. My Australian online dictionary here doesn’t know donut, but it knows doughnut.
WIKIPEDIA says, “Doughnut is the more traditional spelling, and still dominates outside the US.[14][15] At present, doughnut and the shortened form donut are both pervasive in American English.”
So, it appears donut is more American.

dkNigs 10:16 am 16 Dec 14

anais said :

Piccolo’s at the University of Canberra sells yummo cinnamon sugared donuts. I am sure they dont make them in-house, but wherever they are from they are #1 for my office!

They’re Italian donuts. Not traditional cinnamon donuts.

dkNigs 10:15 am 16 Dec 14

I just want a fresh crispy cinnamon and sugar donut. While people insist the old bloke that used to be a fixture of Jamison trash and treasure is still there, he’s never there when I drop by. Never found anywhere else in Canberra serving fresh donuts, morning baked just isn’t fresh enough to fill my craving.

XO_VSOP 11:14 pm 15 Dec 14

Also don’t forget Nona’s donuts at Tosolinis, she has been making for 20 years and very consistent!

Sophia Carlini 10:02 pm 15 Dec 14

Solidarity said :

Can you please start spelling doughnut correctly? It’s bugging me.

Thanks

I think you might find that both ways, donut and doughnut are actually acceptable but thank you for your comments.

anais 9:37 pm 15 Dec 14

Piccolo’s at the University of Canberra sells yummo cinnamon sugared donuts. I am sure they dont make them in-house, but wherever they are from they are #1 for my office!

Solidarity 2:56 pm 15 Dec 14

Can you please start spelling doughnut correctly? It’s bugging me.

Thanks

Rollersk8r 2:11 pm 15 Dec 14

I love few things more than pastries, and donuts, and salted caramel. So I was dying to get my hands on a cronut when I first heard Ricardo’s were doing them. To my horror I couldn’t finish one! They’re just too intense – too much sugar, salt and oil.

Kalliste 11:30 am 15 Dec 14

The Reeses Pieces one looked delicious until I realised they were Reese Pieces 😛 On first glance I thought it was kitkat.

It is pretty sad that a ‘best donuts’ call went out and there weren’t any actual donuts in the results. Maybe someone needs to open a new donut shop 😀

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