Kinnikinnick’s Three-flavored Donuts

I have a confession to make: I love donuts. Cake, old fashioned, Krispy Kreme…put any donut in front of me and you can bet a pretty penny it won’t be sitting there for long. In general, I’m a healthy person. I make sure to stock up on fruits and veggies. I eat lots of rice, lentils, and even quinoa. I mostly eat well. But we all have our guilty pleasures.

Being something of a donut connoisseur, I approached Kinnikinnick’s gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, soy-free donuts with a healthy skepticism. Logic told me that certain elements crucial to the makeup of a donut were purposefully omitted from these remarkably scrumptious-looking treats. But in the name of gluten-free goody lovers everywhere, I took the plunge and sampled Kinnikinnick’s chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon sugar donuts. I was pleasantly surprised.

First thing’s first. If you’re the Krispy Kreme type, then these might not be for you. Kinnikinnick donuts are of the smaller, denser, cakier persuasion. That said, the cake has a lovely moistness to it, especially in the case of the cinnamon sugar donuts, which also have tiny cinnamon sugar sparkles mixed into the dough. All flavors have that sinful, buttery taste on the outside of the dough, the gentle reminder that what you’re eating has been fried in something, even if it is gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.

The cinnamon sugar donuts are the clear winner of the bunch. As mentioned, the dough is slightly more moist, and the cinnamon sugar mix coating the outside makes for a delicious finish. The chocolate icing on the chocolate donuts is a bit lackluster, which isn’t surprising considering that its only four ingredients are sugar, water, cocoa powder, and glucose. The translucent sweetness of the vanilla icing, though comprised of similar ingredients (sugar, water, vanilla, and glucose), is somehow more convincing.

The other perks of these donuts are that they have absolutely no trans-fat, and they aren’t as ridiculously calorie-laden as some of their gluten-containing counterparts. Cinnamon sugar donuts are 170 calories each, while chocolate and vanilla run at 220 and 212 calories, respectively. Pretty good as far as tasty indulgences go.

All in all, I highly recommend Kinnikinnick’s gluten-free, etc. donuts, which are available in over 3,000 retail locations nationwide, or on their website: This Canadian baker makes donuts that are safe for anyone to eat, but taste like the real thing. Take it from a girl who’s eaten a lot of them.