SUPER DOUGHNUTS: A Disneyland Doughnut Redemption?

My Disney sisters and brothers,

A new age of Disney is here. Since Disney’s purchase of the Marvel franchise in 2009, the parks started pulling out all the stops to introduce superheroes into the mix of attractions at Disney’s California Adventure. If you’ve spent any time in DCA within the last couple of years, you may have visited the Superhero Headquarters (that has since been transformed into the Star Wars Launch Bay) or seen some Marvel characters wandering the park.

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California Adventure has been slowly transitioning into a Marvel wonderland for some time, but this summer the park is becoming a hub for all things superhero-esque. With the opening of the new “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout” ride, came what Disney is calling the Summer of Heroes. If you’re headed to the park, you can expect a long wait for Mission Breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy character meet and greets, dance parties, new merchandise and, of course, themed treats.

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So what does this have to do with doughnuts? Disney pounced on the opportunity to introduce doughnuts, reminiscent of some classic characters, as part of the Summer of Heroes fun. They look like different heroes in doughnut form and they’re the size of my head. What more could you want?

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Photo from [@magic_kingdom_mamas] on Instagram

You may recall my Disneyland Doughnut disaster from a couple posts back. After a poor experience, I was hesitant to trust these new doughnut creations. They’re located at Schmoozies, a quick service smoothie joint in Hollywood Land. I haven’t had time to stop by Schmoozies since they made their debut, but judging by the glistening frosting and the word of the Magic Kingdom Mamas, experts on all things Disney, I think they may bring redemption to the Disneyland Doughnut.

Welcome new doughnuts and welcome SUPERHEROES to Disney’s California Adventure!

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I HAD to take a photo with Captain America purely for research purposes. 😉

 

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THE GRAND OPENING DOUGHNUT: Grizzly’s Biscuits and Donuts

 

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Exterior of Grizzly’s 

On my way to class one morning, I made a pit stop at a doughnut shop that is brand spanking new to Claremont, California. Grizzly’s Biscuits and Donuts just opened on April 1 of this year. Let’s be real, it was about dang time for a good doughnut shop in Claremont. I entered the shop as I enter most doughnut shops…with low expectations.
When my GPS let me know I had arrived at my location, I hunted for some Grizzly’s Biscuits and Donuts signage. Instead, I found this giant doughnut that let me know I was in the right place. Go figure.

My interest was piqued after entering Grizzly’s because the décor and overall vibe of the place was darling. The shabby chic feel of the interior made me feel right at home. I’m a sucker for anything teal, and this place was CRAWLING with it.

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A table for doughnut eating 
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A cute box for doughnut holding

My amazement didn’t stop there. Each doughnut was resting on a pedestal like a tiny doughnut prince, showcasing the beauty of each creation. The case was full of unique flavors that change monthly. The doughnuts we chose may or may not be featured in the future, but you can check their menu to find out. They also have biscuit sandwiches, but that’s a conversation for a blog on biscuit sandwiches.

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Doughnut display

My poison came in the form of the white chocolate coconut kumquat doughnut. It is a mouthful in more ways than one. I actually said the words, “I don’t think my mouth will ever be the same.” The fluffiness of the doughnut alone was unmatched by any doughnut I’ve had previously. The tanginess of the kumquat was balanced by the mild flavors of the white chocolate frosting, coconut flakes and poppy seed toppings. Citrus on a doughnut was not something I’d experienced before, but now that I have, I am an advocate for the marriage of the two flavors.

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*puts a bunch of random ingredients on a doughnut and somehow it’s magically delicious*

The fluff factor rang true for the doughnuts my nutty companions selected as well, but their flavors were quite different from my own. The Oreo doughnut was heaped with crushed Oreo, cascading over frosting like a cookies and cream waterfall. Imagine that the world’s fluffiest doughnut and “Milk’s Favorite Cookie” had a child together. That was this doughnut.

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*puts Oreo on doughnut to make it even worse for you*

The strawberries and cream doughnut was topped with a light vanilla frosting, fresh strawberries and white chocolate curls. We think Strawberry Shortcake would’ve been head over heels for this one.

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*puts fruit on doughnut to make it seem healthier*
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Our three doughnuts posing for a picture.

Before leaving, I noticed that the cartoon of Grizzly the Bear, Grizzly’s mascot and namesake, was very Simpsons-esque. Yes, Simpsons-esque as in “The Simpsons”, the beloved and crude yellow cartoon family. You can decide for yourself whether or not you think this a coincidence by skipping ahead 14 minutes into this episode.

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Grizzly the Bear

I may never know if Grizzly the Bear escaped from an episode of “The Simpsons” to be a mascot for a doughnut shop, but I do know that this will not be my last visit to Grizzly’s Biscuits and Donuts. Who am I becoming?

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Coffee cheers!

All photos by me. 

THE HOMETOWN DOUGHNUT: Cake Among Us

When I decided to embark on this doughnut road trip, I knew it would be offensive not to start in my hometown. Mind you, Rancho Cucamonga isn’t best known for its doughnuts…or so I thought. I opened my trusty Yelp app and searched for the top-rated doughnuts in the ol’ RC. Despite the fact that there are traditional doughnut shops on nearly every corner, Cake Among Us, a bakery, was the no. 1 doughnut shop in my city. I decided that the first stop on my trip would be to Cake Among Us to see if a bakery could truly make delicious doughnuts.

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The exterior of the joint

I found Cake Among Us to be a pleasant little shop, with teal accents and colorful sayings lining the walls. The staff was friendly and attentive, greeting us immediately when we walked in and apologizing endlessly for the wait, which was five minutes at the most. Despite our late arrival at 11 a.m., the cabinets were still full of doughnuts that looked too pretty to eat.

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Some of the more colorful doughnuts in the case, in all their cereal-topped glory
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By the looks of that full case you’d think we visited at 6 a.m. rather than 11 a.m.
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Blueberry Inspired Doughnuts

I chose two of their most popular doughnuts, a chocolate doughnut with chocolate icing and a blueberry cake doughnut.  My friends who accompanied me, who I will refer to as my nutty companions for the duration of this blog, chose a blueberry doughnut and pineapple jelly-filled doughnut.

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My nutty companions posing with their most prized possessions of the morning

Let. me. tell. you. These doughnuts exceeded my expectations. What struck me the most was the uniqueness of the blueberry cake doughnut. The thicker consistency and strong blueberry flavor set it apart from the standard doughnut. After tasting the shop’s delicious creations, I was dying to know how Cake Among Us came to be in Rancho Cucamonga. I came across the shop’s homepage, which describes more about how the owners moved to California from Illinois and opened the shop in 2015.

Upon further research, I learned that the store’s name is actually a play on the word Cucamonga, it’s city of origin. Say it a few times and it may start to sink in. While reading an article from our local newspaper, I learned more about the shop’s journey to success through the eyes of the owner, Scott McCaslin. Not to mention that I gained a few more baking puns to add to my repertoire, courtesy of McCaslin himself.

I suppose it was silly of me to be so skeptical of the shop. I don’t know why I didn’t just assume that a bakery would probably be better at making doughnuts than a hole in the wall doughnut shop that is self-titled “DONUTS” in large red lettering. In fact, Buzzfeed named them the best doughnut shop in California. WHAT! With shops like California Donut and Donut Man for neighbors, this is truly a feat. Cake Among Us shattered my expectations of what a doughnut should taste like, and I don’t want to speak too soon, but I may be having second thoughts about where my doughnut allegiance lies.

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Victory photo!

All photos by me.