Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Final Post: Dunkin' Donuts New Fudge Croissant Donut

If you feel like time is flying by you, then make a commitment to yourself to do something at least once each week. Only then will you understanding how many weeks are in a year, as youre daunted by a commitment of something you know you wanted, but youre too lazy to execute. For years Ive dreamed of having my own food blog. Nothing ignites my passion more than having a new experience with some limited edition food item that I had to drive around town to find. Perhaps its the only modern day hunting and gathering instinct that a woman working in a cubicle can experience, but I can tell you it makes me feel excited and rewarded and that this blog has brought job into my life.

Eating food I shouldnt is sinful and exhilarating. But sitting down at least once a week and writing about it? Thats a challenge. Admittedly easy at first, I remember vividly the first few weeks of January when I found myself on multiple occasions sitting down and finding my fingers easily flowing over the keyboard. I couldnt get the words out fast enough about how I enjoyed or didnt enjoy whatever I was reviewing. But January bled into February, which then became March and my initial enthusiasm waned. Blogger is informative enough to show the posts broken down by each month and I can tell from my personal experience that the months where life got in the way, I barely wrote any posts. I dont even have enough fingers and toes to count the amount of times that I considered quitting writing this blog or the weeks that passed without an update. If not for the encouragement of others, recommendations and a guest blogger, then I would have put this To Do List Item off for another year. It would have been a failure and after all of the resources I had dedicated to this, it would have been a failure. Blessed are the gardeners of the soul.

Throughout the year of writing this blog, I have learned quite a few things about myself, as well about the dedication of people who regularly indulge in a hobby. Because I switch things up quite frequently from this list, I am something of a jack of many trades, but the master of none. I think I have a much greater appreciation for people who commit to a sport, or trade, or an art on a lifetime basis. Do not ask me how people do not get bored of the repetition, because that I cannot speak to. While this blog enhanced my life with new experiences and small indulgences, I can honestly say that I wouldnt be able to keep this going on a weekly basis indefinitely, try as I might.

Twelve months and fifty literal blog posts later, I take you to the last planned blog post of this year. Having fallen head over heels with Dunkin Donuts Snickerdoodle Croissant Donut, I was particularly excited to try their new Fudge Croissant Donut. As described by Dunkin, this pastry is a donut made of flakey layers, drizzled with chocolate frosting, and pumped full of chocolate fudge filling. The donut alone has 400 calories, so its not for the calorie conscious thats for sure, but if its anything like their last limited edition croissant donut, then calories be damned.   

What I did review as a part of this blog was the original croissant donut, which I wasnt quite as taken with. With a price tag of $2.49, when the average donut costs me less than $1,00 I cant say I was blown away by the taste to value ratio. Looking at this donut, I am staring at something that reminds me a lot of the original. Looking from the top, you can see there are four puncture points in this donut where filling was inserted, so perhaps thats exactly why this reminds me of the unfilled version. The glaze drizzled on top matches that of my favorite donut, the marble frosted, so I am cautiously optimistic. To note, this donut smells quite good, having the very particular aroma from a glazed Dunkin Donut.

Before biting into this thing, its cut in half to get a cross section view of the filling. You can see at first glance that even though there are four specific puncture points, the donut artist was a little more heavy handed at certain intervals here. 

The filling is impressively dark, lending itself to the whole fudge filled thing. Always being the type of gal who likes to dive in head first, my first bite here is where most of the filling is present. What strikes me first is the taste of the chocolate fudge filling, or lack thereof. Rather than being a dark chocolate that I would expect by sight, its more of a pudding taste. Another taster of this donut told me that this is the same filling that Dunkin uses in their brownie batter donut and I am slightly disappointed. Ive already eaten this entire thing with my eyes and my eyes told me that this was fudgy dark chocolate. The filling is more on the liquid side and the outside is closer to the flakey dry consistency of a croissant and I am not going insane for it. Theres a certain lack of harmony here and this all doesnt seem to come together quite right.

Reading other blogs, the internet went insane for this thing, so donut be deterred by my review. The cronut is as good as the first edition, if that was your thing and this is just a chocolate pudding filled version of that. Chocoholics will be disappointed, but if you blindfolded them then perhaps not. Its not lost on me that there is the other, much lighter and richer chocolate used in those chocolate Kreme filled donuts, which I think would have gone over much better here. That frosting is thicker in consistency and deeper in flavor and this would have blown my lid. With a price tag of $2.49, I wouldnt buy this again or even pull this out of a box of a dozen if it was sitting in our work kitchen.

Signing out until the next chew, whenever that may be. Thanks for letting my words go through your eyes and into your brain over the past year. It means a lot to me. Stay delicious.

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