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National Doughnut Week 2021 – Doughnut taste test and review

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Image credit: Shannon McAleer

National Doughnut Week is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to do a doughnut taste test.

Since it runs for seven days, seven different doughnuts from seven different stores will go head-to-head. They will be scored in three categories each out of five.

First, is how does the product look? With many people snapping their food for social media, are these doughnuts Instagram-able?

Next is the taste test. Did the doughnut live up to the look or was it a surprise?

Lastly, affordability. Taking into account students’ budget and the value for money. Did the taste match the price?

  1. Tesco – raspberry jam-filled

Look: The doughnut was a nice round shape with an even dusting of icing sugar on top. Although even, it was extremely plain.

2.5/5

Taste: This was very disappointing; there was far too little filling for the doughnut. The doughnut dough was rather bland. Although the jam was lovely there was not enough of it to pull the score up.

2/5

Price: These doughnuts came in at £1 for four which is 25 pence a doughnut. Although they weren’t my personal favourite, I felt the value was decent for the size of the doughnut.

3/5

Image credit: Shannon McAleer

 Overall Score- 7.5/15

  • Marks & Spencer – the billionaire’s yumnut

Look: This is a beautiful looking dessert – one I’d be happy to put up on my Instagram. It was a hexagon shape with nice decoration. It was aesthetically appealing.

4.5/5

Taste: By far the nicest tasting doughnut of the day. It was closer to a yum yum cake texture, but overall, it was lovely. It was sweet and the sticky sauce on top was delish. Was worth every calorie.

4.5/5

Price: This was at the higher end of the prices – £1.35 – and for that it did lose some points. However, I did believe it was worth the price.

3/5

Image credit: Shannon McAleer

 Overall Score- 12/15

  • coney no dae that – salted caramel, chocolate and strawberry bite size

Look: These little bitesize doughnuts were well decorated and came in different flavours. Would look lovely on any Instagram.

4/5

Taste: Compared to the outside the inside was disappointing. The coating was lovely but the doughnut itself was very forgettable.

2.5/5

Price: You get six in a box for £3. I thought it was a decent price 50 pence per one. But after trying them was left disappointed compared to their other desserts.

2/5

Image credit: Shannon McAleer

Overall Score- 8.5/15

  • Morrisons – plain sugared round doughnut

Look: Not much to report on the look of this doughnut. Wasn’t very impressive.

1/5

Taste: Unsurprisingly the doughnut tasted how it looked. Was bland with a really oily after taste.

1/5

Price: Although the doughnut fell flat for me, the price was still good, coming in at 50 pence for six.

2/5

Image credit: Shannon McAleer

Overall Score- 4/15

  • Asda – doughnut with white icing and colourful sprinkles

Look: Simple but pretty. The sprinkles make the doughnut more appealing.

3/5

Taste: Nice flavour – just what you would expect. A tad bland so was dropped down for that.

3/5

Price: For the flavour I thought the price was really good: a pack of four is £1, working out at 25 pence I’d say that’s pretty good value for money.

4/5

Image credit: Shannon McAleer

Overall Score- 10/15

  • Krispy Kreme – lotus caramel biscoff doughnut.

Look: Beautiful doughnut decorated with a caramel top, topped with crumbled biscoff biscuits and white chocolate shards.

4/5

Taste: Overall I was not overly impressed with the doughnut dough, felt it could have been softer. Biscoff was lovely though.

3/5

Price: For paying £2.25 I expected more.

1/5

Image credit: Shannon McAleer

Overall Score- 8/15 

  • Greggs – pink jammie

Look: Pretty looking doughnut, nice with the different coloured icing lines.

3/5

Taste: Nicest jam I’ve tried especially in a doughnut. Wish there was some more filling.

4/5

Price: Third highest of the day, at £1 for one. Was lovely but more filling for the price wouldn’t go amiss.

3/5

Image credit: Shannon McAleer

Overall Score- 10/15

Out of all the doughnuts my personal favourite was Marks & Spencer’s billionaire’s yumnut. I felt it was different and inventive while still having a doughnut shape and doughy texture. All the doughnuts ranged in price and were randomly selected when in each store. All the stores offer a wide range of doughnuts, so if you’re a doughnut fan I recommend exploring all of the above places to find a perfect doughnut for you, as taste can be subjective.

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