I've never met a donut that I didn't like. My sweet tooth is next level but given my love for dessert-like items, and my proclivity for making things even more fattening, you'd think that I'd go straight for the most ridiculous gourmet donut a shop has to offer. But I've got to say, the perfect, sweet/salty treat always wins my heart. I got a chance to do a donut tasting (yes, that's a thing and it's part of my job. I love my job) at Poqet Donuts in Irvine. They just released their newest seasonal flavors but in case you haven't checked them out yet, I'll give you a breakdown of why you need to go. The Butter Salt donut, above, is a dang good reason. I literally just had to talk myself out of running over there to grab one for a snack…but they have so much more!
Poqet Donuts (pronounced pocket) has been open for less than a year. We've been a few times and like to try something new each time. There are other gourmet donut spots in Orange County but Poqet has something the others donut…get it, do not… You can design your own donut creation! It's such a fun idea. My kids had a blast trying this out on one of our past visits. You start with a plain donut and then choose what filling, glaze and toppings you want to add. While the toppings are not as varied as the sugar fiend in my soul would like, there are plenty of fun options to make your own gourmet donut concoction. And now they've upped the ante by adding an ice cream option! I have not tried this yet, but rest assured this will go down soon. Because, salted caramel chip…Every season, Poqet comes out with new seasonal flavors. I popped in to try out some of them. I did it for you, you guys. And I'm so glad I did. I tested out (from top to bottom) Blackberry Sorbet, Apple Pie, Carrot Cake and the White Coconut Macadamia. SO GOOD! The Blackberry Sorbet was a little bit on the lighter side whereas the apple pie was heavier – it basically has pie topping on it! I naturally wouldn't have gravitated towards the Coconut Macadamia donut but LOVED it. The macadamia nut gave it such a good crunch. I'm glad I took that suggestion. And the frosting on the carrot cake donut was rich and flavorful and full of delicious carrot cake spices.
If you haven't been, you need to go check out Poqet Donuts. They also have some mini sizes, which are great if you want to try out a few different flavors. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface on sharing more of their regular, amazing flavors. Check out their site to see what else they have to offer! And then go try one in person. You'll be glad you did! PLUS they also do letter donuts in case you need them. Just think how crazy excited your kids would be if you brought out donuts to spell their name on their birthday! We're talking “best mom” status…
Poqet Donuts . 17655 Harvard Ave. . Suite B . Irvine . CA 92614