Donut Panic is a bakery offering a variety of donuts, but has become especially well known for their vegan donuts. After reading and hearing good things, I had to make sure to visit before the end of the year.
The outside signage still says Sunshine Donuts, which is the former occupant.
Once inside, you’ll find all the traditional donuts on the right side of the display case and about a dozen different flavors of vegan donuts on the left of the display case. The vegan donuts include unique flavors like earl grey, rose cardamom, and lemon lavender, inspired by the owner’s father’s Iranian background.
What immediately struck me about these donuts is the texture. It has a crispness to it that I really enjoyed, and they felt very light. They didn’t taste like traditional yeast donuts, which contain eggs and cow’s milk. However, they are in good in their own unique way. I also liked how well they maintained their form, tasting just as crisp and chewy the next day.
The lemon lavender had a light floral flavor. Mr. K was using this occasion to perfect how to bite into the donut so you can see the inside but without it looking unappetizing. He was quite pleased with his bites for the photos.
So many times I’ve found rosewater and cardamom flavored sweets to be overwhelming, but this donut had a subtle rosewater and cardamom flavor that was just right. This was probably our favorite of the three we tried.
Maple ‘Bacon’ Donut
Of the trio we had, this was my least favorite. While the maple frosting did have a smokiness to it, giving it a faux bacon maple flavor, the ‘bacon’ pieces themselves are made of marinated coconut flakes and just didn’t have that meaty texture of bacon.
Overall, we had a really good time here. The donuts were pretty reasonably priced ($1.50 each) when we went and the owners are really friendly. I’ve never tasted vegan donuts before but I really enjoyed these and would come back for more. Please note, the vegan donuts are only served Wed, Sat and Sun after 9 am and Thurs after 11 am. Otherwise you will have to special order them.
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