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Dunk Donuts in Melrose Park: This is what a 10.0 tastes like

28 Jan

Tucked away under a small awning with an assuming name lies Dunk Donuts, one of the true Donut Meccas of the Chicagoland western suburbs.

Not to be confused with Dunkin’, this little shop has been in service for years.  Your Brave Explorers can be found here on many off-weekends (those being the Saturdays in which are not on Official Pastry Business).  We also covered Dunk many months ago, before our critically acclaimed ratings system was established.

One of Dunk Donuts' employees: Next time, we'll ask her name.

Time and time again, we have come away happy.  This could be because all their donuts are really good, or it could be because Our Good Friend (see above) — whose name we still do not know — never lets us leave without a full baker’s dozen, even if she only charges us for the 5 or 6 we asked for.

Needless to say, we were eager to return and apply some scoring to these great pastries.

Here’s what we found:

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County Donuts in Schaumburg: Part 2

8 Aug

It was a busy weekend, Dear Readers, for donut- and non-donut-related reasons.  Whereas normally we strive to bring a Fresh Report every Saturday morning, the events of the last 72 hours forced a delay-of-game.

Nevertheless, on this Monday morning we are happy to bring you Part 2 of our visit to County Donuts in Schaumburg, IL.

Two weeks ago, we visited County Donuts for the first time and were blown away.  We realized immediately that County Donut’s plethora of donut options warranted a two-part entry.  This past Saturday, we returned and tried several kinds we hadn’t had before.

Here’s what we found:

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Dunkin’ Donuts: A thorough look at the corporate giant

23 Apr

Dunkin’ Donuts is everywhere.  Like it or not, that much is undeniably true.  We here at Breakfast Adventures are often thwarted by it — it invades our Google searches for “donuts in Chicago” and taunts us every few blocks when we venture into the city.  Nevertheless, we felt it was our Breakfast Duty to thoroughly examine this corporate giant for the benefit of Pastry Eaters everywhere.

Over the past few months, we have been slowly compiling an entry on this Donut Juggernaut.  Dutifully, we have sampled a donut or two each Saturday, recording our observations and waiting until we had enough data to present a comprehensive report.  The entry below consists of these Taste Trials.

Here’s what we found:

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Wall-to-Wall Bliss in Palatine, IL: Spunky Dunkers

2 Apr

Saved in the “bookmarks” section of our Internet browser is a folder simply called “Donuts.”  It contains links to many donut shops in the area that we’ve looked up and have yet to visit.  Slowly and surely, we are making our way through this list.  It’s a delicious voyage.

This morning, we came to Spunky Dunkers in Palatine, IL.  While a bit of a drive if you live in Chicago, we were nevertheless very excited to check it out.  Their website is well-put-together and does a good job of showing off their menu.  Their slogan, too, is exactly the kind of phrase that would draw Donuteers like ourselves to them.  They claim their shop is “the place where you feel like you’ve died and gone to Donut Heaven.”  Do tell!

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Valentine’s Day at Dunkin’ Donuts: Good idea, but…

12 Feb

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Dunkin’ Donuts is well aware: The national donut giant recently rolled out four new flavors for the season, in hopes that an earnest romantic might buy his/her valentine a box of these pastries as a gift.

We take V-Day pretty seriously, and so we felt it was our duty as Dedicated Donuteers and Holiday Enthusiasts to sample these four new flavors and give you the scoop.  We’d hate for anyone to give a bad donut as a gift.

Here’s what we found:

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Donut #1: Cupid’s Cocoa w/ Jelly Filling

Coffee Girl: Very nice for a franchise!  The combination of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and raspberry jelly filling is very successful, even when none of the individual ingredients achieves maximum freshness or lack of preservatives.  Show up with a couple of these for your sweetie and you’ll definitely score Valentine’s Day points.

Donut Boy: Yeah, it’s important to cut Dunkin’ Donuts a little slack: This is a tasty donut, to be sure.  My largest complaint would be with the lackluster dough, which really just serves as an envelope to hold the jelly and support some nice frosting.  Pleasing overall, though. Continue reading