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Last week I shared with you the contest we had to judge the best milkshake from fast food restaurants. I shared a printable for keeping score, all on this post. We decided it would be a lot of fun to do a similar activity with donuts! When we did it, we used a similar scoring sheet, but after the competition, I tweaked it for you to include the 3 categories that seemed the most important for donut judging: Taste, Texture and Enough Sprinkles!
For our competition, we ranked 3 different donuts from 3 different donut sellers, namely, Fry's (the Kroger store in our area), Rainbow Donuts and Bosa Donuts. There are still many other choices to try, but these were where we started. From each unwitting competitor we purchased a glazed, a chocolate and one specialty donut of any kind. In hindsight, we wish we would have agreed on the one special donut because it would have been easier to make a decision. Then, I cut the donuts into equal pieces for everyone to try. We had 8 people this time. If you have more that that, you will want to get more donuts!
The funny thing about this activity was that the kids were so excited for it, but they got full donuts before we were finished trying them all. So, you may want to limit your testing to just one type of donut, such as glazed, maple or chocolate, or Boston Cream! Donuts do fill you up quickly. It was also interesting to see what people preferred in texture. Some love the airiness of donuts while others like them slightly more dense. Some people like more glaze and others less. The kids really only wanted to test the ones that had sprinkles! I think that we have more testing to do! It was a fun activity. If you would like to try it with your family or friends, press the button below to get the pdf for the printable score sheet.
If you don't want to run out and buy donuts, you could try making some! I know that there are all kinds of recipes out there for baked donuts, or ones you make from canned biscuit dough. But, today I thought I would share a recipe for good old fashioned raised, yeasty, fried donuts that you can glaze or ice anyway you would like. This recipe is small because people who only have 3 people in their house don't need a ton of donuts because face it, they aren't the healthiest things in the world. But, a few on a Sunday morning, (or afternoon), can be a real treat.
Don't forget the sprinkles!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!