Oh, those brilliant confectioners who think to take something awesome and add something awesome to it! Cream-filled donuts are like the pastry equivalent of a radio alarm clock or a camera phone. And like radio alarm clocks and camera phones, there are plenty of choices for the consumer. You can get some of the icing-filled kinds (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry); or there are the many, many jelly filled versions (apple, strawberry, blueberry), although these are technically not “cream-filled.” But the iPhone of cream-filled donuts is, of course, the Bavarian Cream.
Bavarian Cream is like vanilla pudding. It’s traditionally gelatin based, instead of being thickened with flour or corn starch. Of course, heaven knows if you’re getting authentic Bavarian cream when you get your dozen from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme. Doesn’t really matter, though, because once you stick a gob of it in the middle of a donut, you’re talking awesome either way. Plus it’s powdered, which pretty much makes Bavarian Cream donuts the exact opposite of a chocolate glazed donuts. Well, technically the exact opposite of a Bavarian Cream donuts would be something like peanuts or salad, but in donut world, it’s the chocolate glazed.
Of course, all kids would disagree with my cream filled donut bias. For a kid, nothing beats a heaping gob of icing no matter whether it’s on or in their edible device. The only reason kids actually love birthday cake is because it’s covered with icing. If they could have their birthday cake custom-made, most of them would substitute the cake part with icing. What do kids know, though. They’re dumb.
Without them, though, I suppose donut shops wouldn’t be able to stay in business too long. Certainly the stereotype of police patronage alone could not keep them in business. The only other people who regularly buys donuts are managers who need a cheap way to kiss up to, and boost morale among his/her employees. So thank God for kids! And thank God for Bavarian Cream Donuts.
See you Saturday for National Creme de Menthe Day. (Go Noles!)