RING­ING IN THE DOUGH­NUTS

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Ev­ery­body loves a dough­nut and if you want them in mini size and in dif­fer­ent flavours then visit Mini Donut for some freshly baked treats.

Long gone are the days of hav­ing dough­nuts for break­fast only; th­ese deep-fried rings of dough are no longer associated with be­ing a morn­ing sta­ple. It has be­come a global del­i­cacy that works like a treat that we in­dulge in, all day, ev­ery­day. But what makes th­ese fried ‘nuts a num­ber one choice for many cof­fee lovers? Well, it works best with the cof­fee. Pe­riod. Giv­ing you an af­ter­taste to remember. So where do you get your dough­nut fix? I am go­ing to in­tro­duce to you a place that will surely be­come your favourite dessert stop.

Last week on my way home I passed by an eye-catch­ing ex­te­rior that looked like a mov­ing van with colour­ful logo, and sports an orange and black pal­ette. As I got closer, I re­alised that it’s a dough­nuts place. I had to stop by and pick my­self a cou­ple of rings. The place had a ton of cars wait­ing for their treats. I man­aged to park my ride.

A friendly waiter started walk­ing to­wards the car hold­ing a menu. I quickly re­alised that this is an on-the-go kind of a place, where you place your or­der and hit the road. I rolled my win­dows down and had a quick chat with the waiter. I found out that Mini Donut is a new one-stop-shop for dough­nuts that serve freshly-baked bite-size treats with a va­ri­ety of top­pings. And, it also of­fers other desserts such as mini pan­cakes, waf­fle bas­kets, crepes, and ice creams.

I took the menu and started ex­plor­ing it. My eyes went straight to my all-time favourite flavour, lo­tus. I couldn’t con­tain my ex­cite­ment as they had three top­pings made of lo­tus. There is lo­tus cream, crushed lo­tus, and a mix of both. So that was atop my list to or­der. Choco­late, white and dark choco­late, Sneak­ers, Kin­der, Nutella, caramel, Oreo, pis­ta­chio, cin­na­mon sugar, sugar dust, cheese, and the in­ter­est­ing op­tions such as Omani chips and Chee­tos are the top­pings that can be found on their ex­ten­sive menu. Each box comes with a set of 10 mini dough­nuts, and you can or­der two top­pings per box.

I went ba­nanas for the ’nuts and or­dered three boxes with six top­pings. I took lo­tus with cream and crushed good­ness, caramel and Sneak­ers, pis­ta­chio cream, cin­na­mon sugar, Oreo, and the Omani chips.

When I saw the pack­ag­ing, the first thing that came to my mind was that the brand made an ef­fort in cre­at­ing the boxes and that was quite im­pres­sive. They made it in such a way that’s just per­fect to de­vour the mi­nis in the car, with sticks on the dough­nuts so you won’t make a mess.

Now, the aroma of the treats was to die for, I tech­ni­cally had six scents in my car but the cin­na­mon sugar-glazed dough­nut was the strong­est, and I love some cin­na­mon. Af­ter the first bite, I was in dough­nuts heaven; it tasted amaz­ing, not too dry, not too spongy, and not too mushy ei­ther, just per­fect. It had a fresh-out­the-pan taste, too.

For the top­pings, they were all great (also de­pends on your favourite choco­late brand). Falling in love with the lo­tus was

a given. It was creamy and moist. I de­voured all the five pieces like no­body’s busi­ness. Sec­ond favourite I’d say it was cin­na­mon sugar. Def­i­nitely a must-try. Other hon­ourable men­tions in­clude Nutella; you can never go wrong with this clas­sic nutty spread, and the savoury Omani chips. Blend­ing a sweet taste with a mildly-spicy and crunchy taste - Yum. I shared the re­main­ing rings with my col­leagues, and as you’d guess, they loved it too.

I’m glad that there’s a new place in town where you can pick up a dessert on the go. This is, with­out a doubt, go­ing to be as avail­able-on-ev­ery-cor­ner as karak and luqaimat joints, ex­cept this one is a bit fancier with tastes to remember. I hope they ex­pand and open one in my area, it will be my break­fast, lunch, and din­ner. —salim@time­so­fo­man.com

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