Friday, June 3, 2011

Pepples Donuts - Meyer Lemon Donut

Today, June 3rd, is National Doughnut Day. Yes, this is a real holiday! It was created by the Salvation Army in 1939 to honor the women who served donuts to the soliders during World War I. It's celebrated on the first Friday of June each year. In honor of this special day, I sampled a treat from Pepples Donuts at the Ferry Building Marketplace. It's a small stand way at the end, across from Sur La Table. When I went I found a lovely blond lady standing next to entire table of donuts. Twenty different kind of donuts, to be exact. I got very excited, as I love donuts, and all of them were vegan. How good could a vegan donut be? Pepples thinks that they have found the winning recipe.

All Pepples Donuts are 100% organic and vegan. I love that they use all real ingredients and don’t add any preservatives. I think that fresh, non-processed food just tastes better. And against all of the traditional donut shops, I suppose they have found their niche in offering a vegan treat. However, I have yet to find a vegan offering that can truly rival its traditional counterpart. Some come close, but it’s just not quite the same. These donuts too, have their merit, but if you are looking for a traditional donut that just happens to be organic, you will need to change your expectations.

That being said, for a vegan donut, it’s pretty good. To be truthful, it’s better than I expected. I chose the Meyer Lemon donuts, and the lemon flavor of the icing is quite lovely. The tartness lingers on your tongue even after you swallow. The cake part is pretty tasty, too. It’s dense, appears to be nicely fried, and has hints of vanilla undertones. It’s a little on the dry side, but I suppose that is expected from a vegan product.  It’s usually the eggs and shortening that give donuts their characteristic consistency, and milk provides moisture. Eliminating these and replacing them with oils and egg substitute does have consequences.

It’s hard not to compare these to regular donuts, but for the purpose of this review I am trying to not measure them against the traditional treat that I so love. Would I choose this over Krispy Kreme or my childhood favorite, Dunkin Donuts? Probably not. But if I were a vegan, would I run out and buy a dozen? Yes, I would – probably two. They certainly have an extensive variety of flavors from which to choose, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Rating: 3/5 (ratings guide)

Pepples Donuts (@vegan_donuts) $3.00 per donut

Does reading this make you want to try this vendor? Tell them that you saw them at I Left My Cart in San Francisco and support San Francisco street cuisine!

1 comment:

  1. Talk about false advertising....the donuts look out of this world, but taste like an old shoe.


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