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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sweet Thursday: The Great Powdered Donut Experiment


I realize that the posts on spring cleaning, taxes, and other stuff have caused me to neglect my Sweet Thursday posts, so I decided to do one for this week. And I honestly couldn't decide what to post on for the longest, and then I got inspired this morning and decided to have some fun and do a little "taste testing."

My husband loves powdered donuts and bought a bag at the store the other day, and as I struggled to think of what I would post on today, I saw the bag of donuts on the counter and decided to be a little wacky and put some toppings on the donuts to try out. The toppings included chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, peanut butter, pancake syrup, and strawberry syrup. (yes, I just happened to have all of that on hand, and no, I don't weigh 500 pounds. But I do love ice cream and sweets, as you can probably tell! Luckily I have a high metabolism.) Well, anyway here are the "highly scientific" results of this experiment.


Chocolate Syrup Donut - This was quite good. It reminded me of a chocolate turnover in a lot of ways, and it reminded me of a lot of the chocolate desserts w/ powdered sugar that you get in resturants. I actually think you could make a plate of these, and it would be a really cute (and easy) dessert for the kids.

Caramel Syrup Donut - This was not bad, but somehow the powdered sugar just seemed to overpower the taste of the caramel. Maybe if I had some of that extra thick caramel like the kind they use at some resturants and fast food joints, it would have been better. But in this case, I wasn't very satisfied.

Peanut Butter Donut - I actually used some peanut "syrup" that they sale in a bottle for ice cream. It basically tastes just like regular peanut butter, only maybe a little sweeter. I really did this one just for fun, but it was actually a lot better than I expected. It had an "interesting" taste that I'm not sure how to explain, and it was actually one of my favorites over all.

Pancake Syrup Donut - On this one, my results are inconclusive. I didn't really care for this combination. However, this was the last thing that I tasted, and I think by that time I was getting a little "donut-ed out." Also, it may not have been the combination but the kind of syrup I used. I had a different brand of syrup from what I usually get, and incidentally I tasted the syrup by itself and didn't care much for it. So perhaps with my usual brand (log cabin) I would have liked the combination better.


Strawberry Syrup Donut - This was made with Hershey's Strawberry Syrup, which I highly recommend to you, if you've never tried it. (by the way, add it to vanilla ice cream and milk for an awesome strawberry shake!) But back to the donuts, I figured that the strawberry syrup would taste good. I mean, if donuts, strawberry, and powdered sugar can't go together, what can? I'm usually more of a chocolate person myself, but I actually liked this better than the chocolate. It reminded me of strawberry shortcake. In fact, I imagine you could top these donuts with a little bit of strawberry syrup, a handful of strawberries, and a little whipped cream, and it would be excellent. So....yeah, I think this was probably the best overall. And again, you could make a tray of these, and it would look like a bunch of little gourmet desserts.



All in all, this was a fun little activity, and the food wasn't too bad either. If you like powdered donuts, you might want to give it a try. Hope you guys enjoyed the post!







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