There, now that I have your attention…
I got another freebie, a package of Kinnikinnick’s gluten-free donuts in their new summer flavor, blueberry. I was very interested to try these. I’d never had Kinnikinnick donuts, but had heard people rave about them since I went gluten free several years ago. And hey, who doesn’t want free donuts?
Once the package arrived, I went out and purchased a box of their regular vanilla glazed donuts for comparison. You know, for the sake of science and what-not. I also enlisted David’s help, to get a second opinion. Like the trooper that he is, he agreed to help me eat donuts for research.
First, let me explain that I am not used to eating commercial baked goods. Even when I ate gluten, I never bought cookies or cakes. They tasted too artificial to me. I did eat the occasional donut, but I was a little picky about those, too. No Hostess brand for me. I wouldn’t touch Krispy Kreme, either. If I ate donuts at all, I preferred them to be from a locally owned shop (not a chain) or homemade. Dunkin’ was okay, but not very often, and only if I was really hungry…
And since going gluten free, I have made and eaten lots of donuts (here’s my recipe) but this was my first time eating any commercial, pre-packaged ones.
Okay, we’ve got that out of the way. Here are my observations about the gluten-free blueberry donuts from Kinnikinnick:
-They are sweet. Really sweet. Krispy Kreme sweet. No wonder, they contain a designer sugar, fructooligosaccharide. Frankly, they are too sweet for me, and I have been known to snack on sugar straight out of the container. David thought they were too sweet, too. Well, at least for breakfast. We did discover that they were not bad as an after-dinner dessert treat. But if you like sweet, and I mean really sweet, well, here you go.
-They taste commercially made. They have a similar texture to what I remember of the Hostess powdered sugar donuts. David thought they tasted like the packaged donuts you might buy at a 7-11. Not that that’s bad, it’s just not what I’m used to.
-They definitely taste better when warmed. Of course, we all knew that, right? The blueberry donuts got softer and moister when heated, and the icing melted and got gooey, just like a fresh Dunkin’. The vanilla donuts also improved in flavor and texture when warm, but I nuked the heck out of one, and the icing on it still didn’t melt. Crazy…
-The blueberry taste is very subtle. If you want in-your-face blueberry flavor, this isn’t it. But even though I’m not a big blueberry fan, I thought they had a nice flavor.
-They are expensive and not widely available. (What a surprise! Gluten-free food is expensive!) Whole Foods in my area has vanilla and two kinds of chocolate donuts available at $5.99 for a 6 pack. They don’t carry the blueberry ones yet.
The final verdict? I thought they were okay, but pricey for what you get. (I mean, it’s been a while since I bought a dozen donuts at Dunkin’, but I don’t remember them costing a $1.00 for one donut.) Basically, if someone wants to send me a package of these donuts once a year for free, I’ll eat them. Otherwise, I’m going to make my own instead. I asked David what he thought, and he said he would eat them to make room in the freezer, but otherwise wasn’t interested.
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