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Donuts are just ducky at new Duck Donuts

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm

 

 

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

When McDonald’s said you can “have it your way,” many years ago, they were not talking about donuts.

But then, there was no such thing as Duck Donuts either back in the 1970s.

A donut is not just a donut, at the very first Florida Duck Donuts location, now open in Kissimmee.

This truly is an adventure in donut eating, with an almost endless amount of possibilities heaped upon the normally humble cake donut. Yes, a donut at Duck Donuts is practically a work of art.

What just might be the next big thing in donuts got its start rather recently in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The very first shop opened in Kitty Hawk in 2007, followed shortly by a shop in the nearby town of Duck, which is how Duck Donuts got its name.

Franchise owner and Kissimmee resident Mark Griffin was an early fan of Duck’s Donuts back in North Carolina.

“It was part of our vacation,” Griffin said, pretty much a daily family stop at Duck’s Donuts.

So opening the company’s first franchise shop in Florida just seemed like the natural thing to do.

Word has spread rather quickly about Duck Donut’s in just a short period of time. The donut shop had a soft opening last week, and a media tasting last Thursday night. The shop closed early evening for the media event, but there was a steady stream of customers craving a duck donut.

“It has blown us away,” Griffin said of the response so far at the new shop. The response has been overwhelming, especially since most of the publicity has come from social media.

Another strong indicator that Duck Donuts is off to a strong start in Kissimmee:

“People are happy when they arrive,” at the shop, he said, “and they are happy when they leave.”

A visit to Duck’s Donuts is not quite the usual donut shop experience. Unless you are a North Carolina Duck Donuts veteran, there about 45 shops nationwide, most centered around North Carolina, you can’t just stop at the order window and ask for a dozen donuts.

It is a bit more complicated than that.

The first thing you do is pick up an order sheet and indicate whether you want one single donut, a half-dozen, a dozen, or you are really making it a party with a bucket of 18 donuts.

No matter how you choose, each donut will be made to order, while you wait.

For each vanilla cake donut, you will need to choose a coating (there a dozen to choose from), a topping (there are seven to consider here) and finally a drizzle (five choices).

It can be a bit intimidating, but the there is always a Duck Donut employee nearby to help with the important decision making.

If the pressure is just too great, you can always just put a check mark next to one of the dozen or so customer favorites like a chocolate, peanuts and salted caramel drizzle donut, but it really is a lot more fun to experiment and design your own flavor experience.

For example, take a lemon-coated donut, add some crushed graham crackers and marshmallow drizzle and you kind have got something like a lemon smores donut.

Or you might want to try a peanut butter coated donut, with a chocolate topping and a marshmallow drizzle.

The old-fashioned jelly donut is reborn if you opt for a strawberry coating donut, with a rainbow topping and a raspberry drizzle.

Some of the other customer favorites include: lemon and coconut; powdered sugar and blackberry drizzle; maple and bacon; vanilla, Oreo and hot fudge drizzle or you can completely take out the guesswork and ask for an assortment.

A single donut at Duck Donuts is $1.40; a half-dozen is $7.50; a dozen is $13.50 and a bucket is $18.25.

After you make your selections you can walk on over to the glass window prep area and watch your donuts being made. You will always have at least a bit of a wait since all donuts are made to order, but if it is crowded, it will definitely be a 15-minute wait or longer.

This might be a good time to check out the souvenirs. Duck Donuts has developed a bit of a cult following, including “Quack,” the company duck. He can be found on T-shirts and other items in the store, including a large assortment of rubber duckies.

They have become quite popular since they were first introduced, and some duck fans have collected every one of them and there are more than 40 different ducks on sale at the shop.

Finally, it’s time for those donuts. There are a few tables inside the shop and a few more tables outside as well, if you can’t wait and have to have your donuts immediately.

Duck Donuts also has a nice selection of coffee available, both hot and iced, as well as a breakfast donut (quite good) and even an ice cream sundae donut.

Duck Donuts is located at the Crosslands Shopping Center at 710 Centerview Boulevard. Donuts are made fresh to order 7 days a week, Sunday–Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. This is the first of several planned Florida locations.


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