Review: Glazed Doughnuts from 7-Eleven
As a transplanted Canadian, I take my doughnuts very seriously. On a weekly basis, I pine for the deep-fried dough of my homeland: Honey Dip, Marble, and Sour Cream Glazed doughnuts from Tim Hortons, washed down with a frosty Iced Capp. And though the food scene in Southern California does have its advantages, when it comes to doughnuts, the options are severely lacking. Though my better judgment advised against it, my crippling doughnut cravings (and curiosity) drove me to try 7-Eleven’s 2 for $1 Glazed Doughnut deal. At best, I’d discover a reasonable replacement for my beloved Timmy’s, and at worst, I’d be out a buck.
The doughnuts are housed in the same area as all of the other baked goods, including brownies, muffins, and cookies. My first impression was that they looked like what you’d get in a box of Krispy Kremes from a gas station, but I forged ahead anyway. After carefully placing two of them in a paper bag (not the best way to transport something covered in glaze) I laid down a dollar and hoofed it back to my office.
Luckily, the glazed wonders survived the brief trip with most of the glaze intact. Visually, they looked more like a cake/yeast hybrid — i.e. not as squishy and fluffy as a yeast doughnut, yet not as dense as a cake doughnut. The love affair ended with the first bite. The doughnut was overwhelmingly sweet, with an artificial vanilla aftertaste. It wasn’t just dipped in glaze, it was soaked in the stuff. Despite being a semi-professional sweet tooth, I couldn’t get more than half-way through one doughnut.
It tasted somewhat fresh, despite being made hours earlier, but I wouldn’t chance a late-afternoon doughnut. If you’re a dunker, this doughnut might work for you (and save you from having to put sugar in your coffee!) but straight up, it was much too sweet… and no match for even a day-old Honey Dip from Tim’s.
Pros: Cheap, and if you're already there for coffee, convenient.
Cons: Only somewhat fresh and way, way too sugary.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: 2 for $1.00
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: 7-eleven.com