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Happy holidays and a frosty new year from CG&DB!

24 Dec


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!

Here’s what we found: Continue reading

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:


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