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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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There is always something just a little special about cracking open a box of donuts, fresh from the bakery! How many will have sprinkles? Will there be any filled ones? What about my favorite maple bars? Dad likes his old fashions of course. So many choices and it is so hard to choose! And the calories! You know that you shouldn't have two, but they are so tempting.
I try not to buy donuts too often, but since today is National Donut Day, the same day as Friday Faves, we had to splurge and live a little. What is your favorite donut?
Here in Phoenix, we have a donut chain called Bosa Donuts! We love them. A dozen donut holes is only 99 cents! They are so light and fluffy! A pile of donut holes on top of a serving platter of donuts is so much fun at a party!
We've given you some donut ideas in the past! Do you remember Lindsey's baked cake donuts? They are a nice alternative to fried ones! They would be so easy to make in this Wilton Donut Pan.
As an alternative, Lindsey used her mini bundt pan to make hers.
Another time, Alicia shared an UnValentine's Day Party idea where she showed you some awesome copy-cat Voo Doo Donut ideas!
Donuts are actually pretty trendy right now on any day of the year. They can be used as a theme for baby showers (or a sprinkle) to birthday parties. And, they make great little inspirational handouts (Donut Stop Believing). Anyway, here are some donut products that might get your creative juices flowing.
Here are some inflatable donuts.
Target carries an entire line of paper party goods called Donut Time.
These giant, round beach towels are really popular now. This one has fringe!
To me, this adorable towel screams, "Donut track that sand into the house!"
Ha Ha, just a little tongue in cheek humor! I guess donuts just bring out the silliness in me! What would you add as a caption to these donuts? Maybe eating a donut would help you think better! Go ahead! It is National Donut Day!
Alicia here! Each month I'm going to be sharing with you an idea I have for a fun party with options to make it kid friendly or a date!
My first idea came to me as I thought of how it seems a lot of people now-a-days aren't that into Valentine's Day. I get it. So I decided to see what other holidays or events fall on February 14th. And there are quite a few.
Just to name a few:
I thought then that we could celebrate these other things instead of Valentine's and it's a win-win-win!
I have decided to focus on a few of these events/holidays for the party. This won't be a typical UnValentine's Day Party, because instead of being full of things like broken hearts, Valentine's just gets ignored altogether. I guess it's more of a "It's More Than Just Valentine's Day Party."
First you'll need invitations. I have designed these ones for the occasion, but you could make your own too! Make sure to let us know if you do.
Food: Inspiration, Oregon and Arizona statehood, National Ferris Wheel Day and ET Culture Day.
From Arizona we have two famous foods that are so easy to put together: Sonoran Hot Dogs, and Cheese Crisp.
I suggest a Sonoran Hot Dog Bar if you want to serve dinner at your party (or lunch). If you're unfamiliar with what a Sonoran Hotdog is, this article in Boston Magazine explains it well. If you don't want to serve dinner and just have appetizers, try making these into bites with tomatillo dipping sauce.
A Cheese Crisp is a tortilla with cheese. (But wait, isn't that a quesadilla? No cheese crisps are open faced and quesadillas are folded over). Make mini ones by using a round cookie cutter to cut out small rounds out of regular flour tortillas (or just buy little flour tortillas). Lay them on a foil covered cookie sheet. Sprinkle each tortilla with cheese, and bake at 350 until the cheese has melted. Alternatively, Just make a large Cheese Crisp and cut it into triangles with your pizza cutter. You could add toppings as Gaby did over at Tasty Kitchen. Look how delicious her's are!
From Oregon, I thought we would try making quick and easy Voodoo Donuts. If you live close to VooDoo Donuts, it might be worth just buying them to have at your party. Click through the gallery to get instructions and ideas for what I did!
Another famous food from Oregon is Tillamook Cheese. I have two options to include this. One is to just have little cubes cut up and out for people to eat. Or use it as the cheese for the Cheese Crisp!
You could put the cheese or other snacks in cups on a Ferris wheel. Like this one they made over at Oh Happy Day! Or they have this cool one on amazon that you can buy. I attempted to make one. Mine does actually spin, but is still a prototype.
For drinks a bit of ET Punch seems to be in order. Just mix Sprite, green sherbet, green Hawaiian Punch and pineapple juice together to taste. For an added flair try floating a UFO in the punch. They have these cool UFO ice molds on amazon.
Inspired by YouTube, International Book Giving Day, & the "Pale Blue Dot" photo
Used Book White Elephant- Everyone brings a book they love to exchange. Set a limit on how much guests can spend so there's no disparity and hurt feelings. Browsing used book stores is one of my favorite activities, but if you don't have any good one's near by, Amazon has a ton.
Pale Blue Darts- If you don't know what the picture of "Pale Blue Dot" is, this page from NASA can fill you in. I love space so I had to include this. My idea is that you have the photo up on a dart board and see how close people can get to hitting Earth. Each person can have their own dart picture or everyone can use the same. I made a dart board with the picture as the background. Click below to get the image. If you need a dart board, my brother used to have a dart board similar to this one and it was pretty fun! Or for a safer route there are magnetic dart boards.
Viral Video Charades- A nod to YouTube, this game will be loads of fun. Especially with the right group of people, Charades is a great party game. Maybe I'm biased because I LOVED Charades growing up (so much so that I got Guestures one year for Christmas and forced my family to play it every chance I got). But this version each team puts the title or description of their favorite viral videos in a 'hat' (container, bag, whatevs). Play continues like normal. Just think wouldn't it be hilarious to see your friends act out Charlie Bit Me, Gangham Style, or Potter Puppet Pals?
Decorations- Inspiration from Oregon and Arizona Statehood, International Book Giving Day, & National Ferris Wheel Day
Here's a general list of the party supplies:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
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!