Bakery Review: Walmart Pumpkin Fritter
I love Saturday morning in the fall. It’s the only day during the week when I get to ignore my responsibilities as a student and newspaper editor and I get to do the things that I want to do. Usually this involves a visit to the big table at Einstein’s where I sip coffee with the regulars and discuss life, and then take my long walk through the beautiful streets of Logan amidst a cool morning breeze and falling leaves. Lately I’ve been using the opportunity to check out local bakeries for breakfast, and last Saturday stopped by my local Walmart and got a Pumpkin Fritter.
I know what you’re thinking. Walmart? Really, Adam? Hey, you may hate the big corporation thing, but the truth is that Walmart Supercenters tend to have some really solid bakeries. Being the world’s biggest fan of all things pumpkin, I figured 58 cents was a small price to pay for the seasonal treat.
I may have a secret and rather guilty affinity for donuts, but I can’t remember ever having had a fritter. The fritter was a good size (I’d guess about 3 or 4 oz), but I was a tad bit disappointed in its temperature. Maybe it’s just me, but I expect a donut to always have that fresh-baked warmth, which this fritter didn’t. Still, the first bite was very good. The confectioners glaze was sweet and covered the entire fritter, which had an exterior that tasted strongly of cinnamon and brown sugar. The pumpkin taste was present in bites, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The pumpkin and brown sugar filling (which reminded me of a “cinnamon burst”-type bagel filling) was interwoven in the fritter dough, which managed to be both cakey and airy at the same time. I didn’t find the donut dry, and I thought the savory and slightly airy dough played a good foil to overly sweet and buttery pumpkin filling. The fritter had a nice crust, and although it wasn’t the most overly pumpkin flavored treat I’ve had this fall, I thought the flavor was good. It certainly won the “two hour” test (my favorite part of donut eating) in that I still had the richly sweet aftertaste of the fried dough lingering in my mouth long after I’d consumed the fritter.
Typically I’d conclude a review here, but I’d like to use this opportunity to debunk a very popular nutrition “myth” about donuts. No, they ain’t health food, but this nonsense about them being complete trash is just that. No doubt you’ve read that a donut will send your blood sugar skyrocketing, with all that sugar and refined flour leaving you empty and ravenous. Personally, I think this is the kind of thinking propagated by only people so obsessed with the fact that they don’t allow themselves to have donuts, that they in turn want to deny the rest of the world donuts. Well, I ate my single donut for breakfast, and can honestly say that it satiated me for the next four hours. And, to the best of my knowledge, my single donut a week allotment has brought me no closer to diabetes or cancer. So yes, all those of you wondering, a donut can be enjoyed frequently, and for 58 cents on a Saturday morning, it’s a treat worth savoring.
Pros: Abundant confectioners glaze. Good size for the price. Has rich donut taste and slightly airy dough. Not dried out. Pumpkin filling is moist and very sweet.
Cons: Not the most pronounced pumpkin flavor. Could use more pumpkin filling. Cold donuts = make Adam sad on a cold morning. Not much depth to the spice flavor.
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: .58 Cents
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00 (Very Good)