What: The First FatHappyandCheap Seattle Food Debate
Item: Seattle Donuts
Featured from: Top-Pot & Mighty-O Donuts
Average Price per Donut $1.60
So what prompted the first donut debate? Well it all started when I got a Top Pot donut at work and tweeted out there, which donuts are better Top Pot or Mighty-O, and Mighty-O tweeted back. And then prompted my foodie adrenaline why not have a donut debate for real? No solicitations, just pure facts from people who enjoy food just like me?
And so it began. The date was set, I requested 5 taste testers and off it went.
My tasting panel included: Annie, Danielle, Nishanth, Lewis, and Sam. Thanks guys! Their culinary tastes range from those loving donuts to those who hate, a sample of some real taste buds here. No one too overly critical, as this is all meant for fun!
It started first with the donut rating card- pictured below but it basically 8 donuts (4 from Top Pot, 4 from Mighty-O) on 5 different categories on a 5 point scale with 5 being the highest.
1) Look – overall look of the donut, does it look appetizing?
2) Texture/Density – inside of the donut, density of the batter
3) Crisp- (I learned later this one needs work), but at the time, was thinking of freshness
4) Taste – Overall do you enjoy the flavor of this donut
5) Crave :) – after you finish this donut do you want more?
6) Total Points out of 25 – and the 3 overall winners were……..
1st Place goes to Top Pot’s Jelly Filled Glazed Donut
2nd Place goes to Top Pot’s Maple Icing Old-Fashioned
3rd Place goes to Mighty-O’s Nutty Vanilla
Overall comments, the reason why Top Pot’s Jelly Filled Glazed Donut came out on top was just the flavors. Really that simple, that fruit jelly in the middle was not overbearingly sweet, just had the right consistency, and with that glazed donut around it, it really was that icing on the top. Of all the donuts, Top Pot’s Jelly Filled Glazed donut was a Crave Category Winner. In second place, came Top Pot’s Maple Icing Old-Fashioned. This is actually one of my traditional favorites, no matter what donut store it comes from, but it was just the right balance between crispy and flavor that really wasn’t overwhelming. In third, came Mighty-O’s Nutty Vanilla. And this was really the sleeper hit, and the reason why I say that is because when you take a bite into this donut, you’re expecting to be overwhelmed by all the nut topping, but there’s pack of vanilla/peanut butter right under that along with the texture that really makes this donut a winner.
Of the samples we’ve tried:
Top Pot Selection: Jelly Filled, Maple Old Fashioned, Double Trouble, Old-Fashioned
Mighty-O Selection: Don King, Lemon Poppy, Nutty vanilla, and Chocolate Glazed
These flavors were selected on 2 criteria: 1) Whatever was available in store at the moment I dropped by at 3pm on a rainy Seattle Saturday afternoon 2) At recommendation of the place. No special orders nothing, whatever was available at the shop. I wanted to mimic the experience of any customer that walked in at that time of the day
Top Pot: With over 40 different types of donuts, Top Pot prides itself on being hand-forged donuts, as donuts are made the old-fashioned way with all donuts containing zero trans fat. Top Pot has become almost synonymous with a Seattle donut, and of more recently Obama himself has even stopped by this Seattle donut place to try one of the local favorites.
Mighty-O: Mighty-O’s distinction is that they make their donuts with certified organic ingredients, they contain no cholesterol because there are no chemical preservatives, no animal derived ingredients, no colorings or artificial flavors.
All in all, by numbers Top Pot came out on top. But if you have had to dig deep into the value that both of these Seattle donut eateries bring to the table, I’ll classify it this way Top Pot for Taste, Mighty-O for conscience and creativity too.
Tasting panel, please feel free to comment if I missed out any detail, or left out anything.
Because I had so much fun doing this donut debate, as well as the tasting panel, we will be doing recurring FatHappyandCheap food debates on Seattle favorites: next stop? Seattle Wine and Cheese. Please check the FatHappyandCheap Facebook page located here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FatHappyandCheap/150005308376648 for details.
If you are a local food vendor who would like to donate items for an upcoming debate, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org