Did you know that Shortstop has donuts?
Duc did. That’s a donut radar, if you ask me.
Shortstop’s donuts are apparently made every day, although they clearly aren’t making the dough at Shortstop, so we wonder if it’s the same dough that Ithaca Bakery buys. The donuts appear somewhat similar, although Shortstop’s are a bit fresher — a bit more moist.
Our first tastes are from the plain glazed yeast donut. It is pretty average. Not too much flavor, but what’s there is non-offensive. It’s somewhat moist, although still ultimately too dry for our *ahem* highly trained donut palettes.
Laurel gives it a 3, and Duc gives it a 3.5. Pretty average.
Next, this very-aggressively-frosted cake donut:
The frosting is of unknown flavor. We really don’t know. Citrus? It’s strange, it doesn’t make sense — the frosting melts, or… doesn’t melt… in a very strange way on our tongue. We are quite confused.
The white-frosted donut gets a 2 from Duc, and a 1.5 from Laurel.
We move to the chocolate-frosted version, which is better.
The cake is dry, not very flavorful, and ho-hum. The chocolate frosting is sort of hot-chocolatey — not very good but not very bad either.
Laurel gives it a 3, and Duc gives it a 2.5.
Somehow the cinnamon sugar flavor ties in the flavor of the cake more, making the dry aspect slightly more tolerable.
We both give this donut a 3.
And of course, the worst for last, the dreaded chocolate-cake donut.
To give it credit, although it tastes terrible, the texture is pretty nice. Oddly moister than the other cake donuts.
But it does seem like no one can get this donut right. Seriously. Have you ever had a delicious chocolate cake donut? Please, someone. We’re starting to think it doesn’t exist. Laurel is starting to think she’s going to have to make one herself, to see what the problem is.
We both give it a 2.
OK. So we were a little bored by these donuts. They were super average — they sort of sufficed, but they didn’t really satisfy our desire to indulge.
But we were happy to be back tasting donuts for the Ithaca Donut Review.
All averaged out, Shortstop gets a 2.5/5.
Our friend Kevin passed through at the end of our tasting and was somehow extremely pleased with these donuts.
“What do you think?” we asked.
“I think they’re great!” he said.
Well… they’re still donuts.