20 September 2007



I think if you ask a kid what kind of donut (doughnut, do-nut, whatever) he or she wants, a large percentage would pick one with coloured sprinkles. It's not so much because of the taste as the appearance, which is the perfect crazy-quilt kid snack look. My younger daughter rarely chooses anything else.

I was the same when I was a child. At our nearby malls (or "shopping centres," as they were then known), Brentwood and Lougheed, were two branches of the small Hole-In-One Donuts chain, and in the windows were always racks of cake donuts with elongated sprinkles. They were my favourite choice.

These days cake donuts are hard to find, especially with sprinkles. Most are of the glazed-donut variety, with icing and often little spherical sprinkles instead of the stick-style I preferred. But the kids still love 'em.

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LOL. Yesterday I took my four year old to Tim Hortons. You guessed it - she chose the donut with the colourful sprinkles on top! They were the spherical variety, though.
My favourite donut was the long john. I guess my thing wasn't so much sprinkles as chocolate coating.

I still remember it being a treat that once in a while Dad would take me to Tim Horton's and we'd each have a donut. This was in the early 80s, when there wasn't a horny tim's on every street corner like there is now.
Funny, everytime I get a dozen assorted donuts, I always ask that they don't give me any plain donuts (yuck! what's the point?!) or any donuts with sprinkles - specifically to avoid the coloured sprinkle donuts. Mind you, I don't normally get donuts for kids. Maybe I've had my fair share of donuts with coloured sprinkles (and bubble gum flavoured ice cream) when I was a kid.

I've never seen anything but spherical sprinkles. Maybe I'd be willing to partake in another coloured sprinkle donut if the sprinkles were stick-style...
Just wait, Yvette. Once your lovely child is old enough to make choices at the donut store, I'll bet sprinkles are in your future...

I agree that the spherical ones are pretty lame, and often Tim Hortons only puts them on half of the top surface for some bizarre reason.
For a true cake doughnut experience, try Harmony Doughnuts in North Vancouver... at Lonsdale and 29th, I believe. Uphill from the freeway, in a little hut on the west side of the street.

All their doughnuts are cake doughnuts, with a variety of icings and sprinkles to satisfy all. Best of all, they are always fresh and usually warm. Next to Lee's on Granville Island (which wins on variety) this is my favorite doughnut shop in the Lower Mainland, and is definitely the champion as far as cake doughnuts go. Although Honeys in Deep Cove is good, too...