Review: Glazed Doughnuts from 7-Eleven

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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.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: 2 for $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: 7-eleven.com
Nutrition Facts:
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27 comments on “Review: Glazed Doughnuts from 7-Eleven

  1. Rodzilla says:

    One of the few things the North East has over SoCal Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kremes. A regional gas station/chain called Sheetz beats the pants off of 7-11 and has Krispy Kreme’s delivered daily.

  2. SkippyMom says:

    On the east coast the 7 11s stock the actual Krispy Kremes and if you get them early enough they are pretty darn good. Not cakey at all – totally yeast, but very sweet like you said.

    I wouldn’t say 7-11 would be my first pick for doughnuts, but in a pinch and for a sugar rush, they’ll do.

    • Rick says:

      Not the ones in NoVA! I drive 25 minutes to the closest Krispy Kreme store with a production line, I probably pass 20 7-11′s with em.

      Sheetz donuts are great!

  3. Meg says:

    I think a 5 year old would thoroughly enjoy this.

  4. Adam says:

    A bad glazed yeast donut is, nevertheless, still a donut. I’ll take that to most other foods. True or False, Erin…The best part about donuts is the fact that you can still “taste” the fried sugar coating hours later?

  5. Lindsay says:

    I think cake donuts are vastly superior. :) Most of the time I get an artificial aftertaste from glazed donuts.

    Anyone from the Iowa/Midwest region? Casey’s gas station? I love their cake donuts and chocolate brownies.

    • Murray says:

      I’ll second your love for Casey’s. I’m from small town MN and Casey’s is the quintessential mom and pop in chain store form. I’ve been meaning to review some of the Casey’s offerings especially those out of their rotating display oven thingy.

  6. Pasquinel says:

    “And though the food scene in Southern California does have its advantages, when it comes to doughnuts, the options are severely lacking.”

    Is that so? I live in Orange County and there’s a hole-in-the-wall donut shop around every corner…

  7. Manavee says:

    I actually don’t think the donuts at 7-11 are bad at all. I much prefer them to the Donut Swill of Dunkin DOnuts.

  8. Natalie says:

    If you’re in SoCal there are TONS of places I feel like that have incredible doughnuts. California Donuts has a few places in LA and my personal favorite is the Donut King on Sepulveda between Washington and Venice in Culver City. That place is incredible. Where exactly in SoCal are you?

  9. Lau says:

    We Canadians need Tim Hortons and Krispy Kremes to survive the winter. There’s a Krispy Kreme and a few Tims in my area and it’s such a relief to get there and warm up with a coffee and a tasty donut.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I beg to differ with those who say these are no good. I can speak for Chicago 7-11 locations when I say that their doughnuts are always delicious and fresh. I will even admit to eating 5 in one sitting. Sure they may have been of a mixed variety (chocolate glazed, vanilla cake, etc.), but whatever, I could have probably knocked back more if I had had them.
    Don’t diss these, I say give them one more chance.

    • Manavee says:

      I’m from Chicago too and agree that the 7-11 donuts are really very good.

      That brings up the question: are the donuts at 7-11s standardized or do different regions use totally different bakeries/suppliers?

  11. Conan says:

    I love glazed yeast and these are my favorite cheap donuts. The glaze is the best since it actually stays on and doesn’t flake off like some do. I would go KK over them, but it’s not an option for me.

    It does depend on your 7-11, too. Some are better than others in keeping their donut supply fresh and varied.

    Tims is highly overrated. Everything is frozen and baked in an oven. No deep frying on site anymore. Been that way for years after being bought out. I would go to Robin’s over Tims anyday. I work at a University kitchen and see what goes on first hand with Tims since they work close to me. EVERYTHING is from a box in the freezer. At least 7-11 actually fries the batter without freezing them when done for future reheating.

    • Lau says:

      The issue with baking is that the donuts are dry and stick to your palate. That grosses me out, but the jam stuffed donuts at Tims are good. Although I gotta agree with you on all the other varieties

  12. Erin Jax says:

    @Natalie: I’m in (downtown) San Diego – where there’s not a single hole-in-the wall doughnut shop in walking distance (a stark difference to my former home-town, where there were as many (if not more) Tim Horton’s as Starbucks. I have sourced a few local shops, but the doughnut offerings here pale to L.A.

    @Adam: True, but only if the frosting tastes good — false if it makes everything you eat after taste like too-sweet doughnut glaze!

  13. Chefprotoss says:

    Well, I guess you are part of the team now. Welcome! Don’t bring up Adam putting ketchup on a filet-O-fish and it should be roses from here on out. =)

    Also, since your the only one of us on the west coast, please, for the love of god review some tacos! You owe it to us for reading your reviews on seriouseats.com =P

    • Adam says:

      was that really necessary?

      • Erin Jax says:

        ugggghh…. can’t stand ketchup or filet of fish! Throw some raw, white onions to the mix and you’d have my least-favorite meal of all time :D

        Tacos sound fun…but are there any good fast food tacos? Del Taco has some new stuff, but I could only subject myself to their food “for science”.

        • Chefprotoss says:

          I loved Del Taco as a kid and really wish we had it here on the east coast. Bean and cheese burritos with green sauce ftw! They were two for $.99 like twenty years ago.

          PLEASE review some Del Taco! =)

  14. Matt says:

    I actually quite enjoy 7-11′s donuts. At least here in Colorado, every time I’ve had them they were very fresh tasting. The chocolate iced/custard filled remind me of Boston Creams from Tim Hortons.

  15. Obbop says:

    Long long ago when O dwelt among the mob infesting the Frisco’ Bay area 7-11 sold a quasi-hamburger ar one-buck each.

    Hiding within a pull-out bin was nestled a large number of individually-wrapped burgers awaiting a grabbing hand to draw it forth to the awaiting condiment cluster to add coughed- and sneezed-upon hunks of lettuce, onion chopped in varying manners (likely varied due to different sources used) tear-open mini-packlets of mayo, mustard etc.

    The burger patty possessed that “school cafeteria taste” that was the result, I believe, of inclusion of soybean extender.

    Perhaps oddly I enjoyed that taste thus quivered with joy when eating my 7-11 burgers.

    I miss them.

    Sadly, here atop the cultural backwater of the Ozark Plateau there is nary a 7-11 present.

    Even 7-11 is too upscale for the human herd of derelicts and generally squalid semi-humans infesting this area.

  16. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    In Wisconsin, Kwik Trip bakes up the best donuts. They have their own brand of glazed-yeast-raised donuts called Glazers. They are awesome! If you ever make it to the upper midwest, be sure to pick some up and try them. Their house-brand coffee, Cafe Karuba, is also very good.

    No, I don’t work for Kwik Trip, I just love what they offer!

    Here is a random blurb with a photo of them (not my site) http://thomasthechan.blogspot.com/2011/04/donuts.html

  17. Matt says:

    If you claim that Southern California has no good donut options, you’ve obviously never been to the Donut Man in Glendora. Just take a look at the strawberry donuts:

    http://www.la-foodie.com/desserts/donut-man/