This time was a success though, and I came out of the shop with a traditional, honey doughnut, and a chocolate covered one. From what I saw, this was 2/3 of their total doughnut selection; the final option being a maple frosted one.
This was the setting:
|Deep Cove, North Vancouver - beautiful setting for a doughnut!|
And the doughnuts are next.
|The lovely couple, overlooking the cove.|
Chocolate Covered Doughnut
I was, originally, quite excited about this. From all appearances, it looked to be a drizzle of crunchy chocolate. Either the sun heated it up enough to 'uncrunchify' it, or it was never crunchy in the first place. The one thing I like about the Tim Horton's chocolate frosting is that it has a crust with a melted type chocolate underneath. This was not like that. It was like biting into a cake, with melted chocolate on top. Which, I suppose, is exactly what it is supposed to be. In terms of flavour, I sure did not get an awful lot of chocolatey goodness - it was overtaken by the amount of actual doughnut.
Honey Glazed Doughnut
Having the chocolate one first, I was hoping for a redemption with this one. Sadly, I did not get it. I really hope that this was just an off day for the shop, because this was not, in any way, shape, or form, a good doughnut. I was a little worried just looking at it, and seeing how hard it looked. The depth of the cracks were concerning to me, especially considering the colour went right to the bottom of them. Not seeing any 'non-crispy' doughnut was not a good sign.
And sure enough, the crust of the doughnut was thicker than any doughnut I'd ever had.
There was next to no honey flavour, and the grease was in abundance. This shop most definitely did not live up to the reputation I had heard of. I am not going to be driving back there for a doughnut any time soon. If I'm in the area with friends or for a picnic, I might see if they have improved, but I'll need a few months to recover from this disappointment - it was the first time that I can remember that I didn't finish the doughnuts and tossed them in the garbage. As one of my friends says, "There is no point wasting calories!"
Lee's Doughnuts on Granville Island is stellar, and in North Vancouver, Harmony Donuts narrowly edges Lee's out to take the number one spot in my books. I have some shots of Lee's from last year, but never got them up. I'll dig them out and post them soon - especially after having one yesterday and seeing no drop in quality!
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