A sweet treat could be­come a full-time job

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They came for the cre­ative fi­bre, but many of the shop­pers at the cre­ative fi­bre ar­ti­san mar­ket cer­tainly found an­other rea­son to stay when they came across the R ‘N’ B Donut Sen­sa­tion stall at the mar­ket.

Ryan Ino­cen­cio says the dough­nut stall, which is his brain­child with wife Belinda, came about be­cause he and Belinda “just love dough­nuts”.

“We used to go to Auck­land to buy dough­nuts and then thought maybe we could make them our­selves. So we tried, ex­per­i­mented with the recipe and set­tled on one we think is re­ally au­then­tic. Then we thought if we love dough­nuts, surely other peo­ple do, and started set­ting up the busi­ness to sell at mar­kets.”

While Ryan still has a full­time job as a welder and pol­isher, he says they are hop­ing to turn their dough­nut stall into a full­time shop even­tu­ally.

“At the moment we go to as many mar­kets as we can to build up reg­u­lar cus­tomers and some sav­ings. Even­tu­ally we would like to open a shop where we can sell them.”

Ryan Ino­cen­cio’s dough­nut stall was pop­u­lar with shop­pers.

With a range of flavours and frost­ings, the dough­nuts were sell­ing quickly, with one cus­tomer say­ing she would be back for more. Eileen Tarn said she had seen the stall ear­lier in the day.

“I tried to avoid it be­cause I’m sure they aren’t good for my waistline, but I just couldn’t re­sist. The prob­lem is now I have eaten one I think I need to try all the other flavours as well.”

■ Edi­tor’s note: The edi­tor’s chil­dren con­ducted a very sci­en­tific taste test, and while they dis­agreed on which was the best flavour, they all agreed they were “the best dough­nuts we’ve had in ages”.

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