The door swayed open and we were caught by the deliciously sinful smell of dough and sugar. There were people sincerely taking generous bites of the sugary crust, few others scooping off the pyramid of cream spread on top of the donut, yet others wearing it around their finger and simultaneously sipping frappe with the layers of cream moustaching their lips. What added to the ambience was the hush whispers of couples, giggles of teenagers, the clicking of spoon on the plate and the occasional high pitched “yumm” from kids around.
The donut house at Egmore boasts of more than a dozen varieties of donuts, with 6 more exclusive ones added to their kitty recently as a part of the Donut Dessert Fest, wherein the donuts as if unsatisfied with an already existing fan base, planned to sign a pact with desserts. So now we have newbies like The Almighty (A donut with a scoop of ice cream), The Berry Bonanza (A combination of sugar dusted donut and fresh cream with cherries and berries), The Donut bowl ( A combination of cinnamon dusted mini donuts with butterscotch ice cream topped with marshmallows, chocolate and butterscotch sauce), Oreo ice cream sandwich(A fusion of donuts and ice cream made with oreo biscuits) and combination of donut and desserts such as Banana split and Peach Melba.
The place gets crowded after 5 pm in the evening when the college kids charge in, demanding the donut of their choice. The prices of the donuts range from Rs 60 all the way to Rs 170 while offering other options which include sandwiches and drinks, also at a nominal rate. While the customers rate it as one of the best hangout places in Chennai to get a bite, Donut house has been capturing the attention of the youth by organizing eating competitions around the city. They also seem to have plans to expand their outlets all across Chennai.
While surrounded by donuts on all four sides, one tends to go back in time trying to track the source which blessed us with this wonderful confectionary. Donuts have a disputed history. While one theory suggests that they were introduced by the Dutch settlers in North America who are famous for their feats in introducing cookies and pies, another theory comes from an American, Hansen Gregory who is said to have given the hole to the donut. Apparently Gregory was dissatisfied with the greasiness of the donuts and is said to have punched its centre with the ship’s tin pepper box. This appealed to the masses and hence the not-so-planned design sustained.
Doughnuts have been troubling the spelling bee participants (Doughnut/donut) and the dieticians alike. While the thoughts of its calory content brings in a little guilt and its Indian look alike – Medu Vadai brings in a little wonder, these are washed away as a tray of warm chocolate oozing donuts are placed before us.
As rightly said by Homer Simpson “Donuts- Is there anything they cannot do?”