Just got back from a 5 day trip to Kansas, a brother-in-law richer (J’s sister got married).
While we were there, we ate more than our share of fried food. I ate donuts three times, chili cheese fries twice, and two hot dogs (three if you count the A&W corndog bites). That’s not to mention the nachos, jalapeno poppers…the list goes on.
The donuts above are from The Donut Whole in Wichita. It’s a cute shop with an Austin vibe. Our flavors: triple chocolate, caramel sea salt, peanut butter cup, Homer J (mixed berries and sprinkles), chocolate cherry cordial, key lime pie. The caramel was my favorite, and not only for the icing – the fresh, wholesome dough stood out. Even though we ate almost three donuts a piece, these were almost healthy tasting and not heartburn-inducing like most of their fat-laden cousins. According to the Donut Whole website, they’re made with Kansas buttermilk, flour and eggs.
Earlier in our trip, we had these donuts from Daylight Donuts in Wellington, KS, a medium sized chain with 900 franchises. My husband’s favorites are the chocolate Long John, the eclair-like creation on the left (but unlike an eclair, it’s not filled). I had the pine cone, a clever creation which maximizes the donut surface area. The giant strawberry fritter just right of center is apparently made from four smashed donuts – it’s a dense challenge to finish. Except for the fritter, these donuts were sweet and fluffy.