When Love Doughnuts asked me to do a review and taste test (as in to determine the flavors without knowing what I was eating) I was all in. Who would ever say no to that? Maybe someone with a waistline..but not me.
I started following Love Doughnuts on Instagram because of their daily posts. Basically doughnut porn. I think part of the lure for me is they are located in Abu Dhabi and not in close proximity to my mouth. So you know, distance makes the heart (and stomach) grow fonder.
But in all honestly and hunger aside. Love Doughnuts are onto something. Their flavors are innovative and playful, something any good dessert should be. They're producing a product that has a niche market and doing something truly unique. The doughnut is timeless. I took that from Homer by the way...no not THE Greek poet, Homer
I'm talking about Homer Simpson, doughnut aficionado...and this idea of a timeless, endearing 'Love' for the doughnut will always work to their advantage.
And can we talk about their packaging for a minute?
Each individual flavor has it's own compartment, all stacked in a tower of caloric deep-fried heaven. I took one look at this and thought, I would pay just as much for this beautiful box as I would the contents. In a country where taste and statement is everything to many, Love Doughnuts nailed it. If this box had a strap I might just wear it as a purse. A doughnut purse. That's all my love handles need.
So let's get to the flavors. I was asked to first guess what I was eating before they let me in on the names. Here's a line up of what was sent, and what I guessed:
My guess: White Chocolate with Chocolate Flake
Actual Flavor: White Belgium Chocolate
My guess: Strawberry Cheesecake
Actual Flavor: Obvi, Strawberry Cheesecake!
My guess: Caramel Apple
Actual Flavor: Toffee Apple Snickers
My guess: Lime and Passion fruit with White Chocolate Glaze
Actual Flavor: White Chocolate Pistachio with Lemon Passion fruit
My guess: Triple Chocolate
Actual Flavor: Chocolate Neapolitan
If you're living in Abu Dhabi, lucky you! You're only a quick car ride away from a visit to Love Doughnuts. Well worth it I assure you. You can find them in the Guardian Towers, Technip Building, Muroor Abu Dhabi.
Instagram @love_dougnuts or www.lovedoughnuts.com