Driving back from the sausage run to Weeping Radish in Grandy/Jarvisburg in the tornado and high wind alert, a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride if there ever was one,
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However, the deck at the end of the landing gave me a great vantage point on the angry sea and gale force winds.
The following morning, a dry and calm day, I had a chance to check out the location in the strip mall in Kill Devil Hills. It was mesmerizing to watch the donuts make their way from batter plopped into frying oil to golden brown rings that roll out the other end.
Then the icing station messed up and coated my donuts with cinnamon sugar instead of what I’d ordered. Another wait for a re-do. The donuts are $1.15 each, and large and heavy. Here’s my glazed and maple iced donuts, packed in an eco-unfriendly styro box, before I left the store.
Too hot to handle or eat, the donuts took a ride to the beach where I could enjoy them by the ocean.
I wish I’d taken a photo of what they looked like after that ride of a few blocks. The icing had slid off leaving unattractive blotches of unset sticky glaze on the donuts. I guess that the quick turn-around time doesn’t allow enough frying oil to drain off. Eaten hot, the cake donuts were very fluffy and tender, and quite greasy. In retrospect, the misfired cinnamon sugar coating might have been a better choice if more of stayed on the donut than these icings. I’m more of a raised, yeast donut gal myself, but for cake donuts, these were still quite good, icing problems aside.
6810 Caratoke Hwy, Grandy, NC 27939
710 S. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
1190 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949