Month: February 2017

Carrot Cake Doughnut

For real, y’all, I’m never gonna have to eat salad again! My daily fruit/veggie serving will be from doughnuts. This weekend, I finally got to try the carrot cake doughnut. I like that Gibson’s is encouraging us to eat healthy through doughnuts (blueberry, strawberry, carrots – so, so healthy).

Kids, that argument *might* not work on your parents, but please give it a try and report your results. If you successfully defend your position, I’ll write your rec for law school.

Back to the issue at hand. Behold the carrot cake doughnut:


Doesn’t it look delicious? And that cream cheese frosting – DIVINE.

It was a little light on carroty flavor, but the texture was spot on for carrot cake. (Fun fact: I have baked carrot cake from scratch before.) Also? It did NOT have nuts! You know how a lot of people ruin (or as my Grandmother used to say, “rurn”) a carrot cake with chopped up pieces of nuts all in it? Gibson’s does not. Gibson’s respects the carrot cake.

Like last week, I’m a tad conflicted on the score. This is a delicious doughnut; the cream cheese frosting is so tastee, I’d eat a bowl of it with a spoon. But there wasn’t quite enough carroty flavor to it. So:

Tastee score: 7

Maybe I should try this doughnut again in a few weeks (it’s now in the regular line up) to see if it tastes more carroty (carrotier?). Also, it means a tastee vegetable serving for the day.

Doughnut news: One more weekend for the King Cake doughnut. I will get to Gibson’s super early this weekend to try it!


Strawberry Cake Doughnut

Confession: I missed Gibson’s doughnut of the month last month: Samoa, like the Girl Scout cookie.

Confession No. 2: I was relieved to have missed it because it had coconut all over it, and I do not enjoy coconut (Cousin Gwen eats my share of it.)

BUT I spotted a strawberry cake doughnut. So much tastee-er sounding than the coconut-slathered Samoa (which I’m sure coconut lovers have found to be lovely).


See all the bits of strawberry in the doughnut? Such a beautiful doughnut.

I tried to keep my expectations in check because the blueberry doughnut was so perfectly blueberry-ey. A very high bar for all other fruit-flavored cake doughnuts.

There was a faint hint of strawberry scent mixed with the general sugary/cakey scent of the doughnut. What is not pictured is the inside: a soft, pale pink. I chose not to take a picture of it because I did not want to post a photograph of a half-eaten doughnut – no one needs to see where I gnawed on it. (PSA: please don’t post photos of food with bites taken out of whatever you’re eating. It’s not a pleasant sight.)

The strawberry taste was not overpowering (read: faint), but the thin layer of glaze added just the right amount of sweetness.

So it was a good doughnut.

Tastee score: 7

Doughnut news: Food Report of Memphis helped celebrate Gibson’s 50th Anniversary with a contest to win a dozen doughnuts from Gibson’s, so I entered. I did not win, which is WRONG, as a certain elected official is wont to say. Food Report, I go there almost weekly! (except for last month and part of December). And I help spread the word about Gibson’s with this little blog! Could there BE a more worthy winner?

I think not.

But hopefully the winners of the contest love Gibson’s just as much as I do and are sharing their doughnuts with their family and friends. Because really, the point is to spread the doughnut love as far as we can, right?

Food Report published this interview with Gibson’s owner, Mr. Don DeWeese, on their Facebook page that includes some interesting history about Gibson’s Donuts and how they make some of their doughnuts:




Caramel Doughnuts & Doughnut Travel Tips

A couple of weeks ago, I read on a Saturday morning that Gibson’s Doughnuts was having carrot cake doughnuts for one weekend only.


From the Gibson’s Donuts Instagram Page

Of course, I immediately notified Cousin Gwen of this special flavor, and she urged me to get to Gibson’s right away! But unfortunately, I need not heed her advice, and they were all gone by Sunday afternoon when I decided to make my visit. I can only hope that Gibson’s reprises these oh-so-tastee looking doughnuts very soon.

Instead, I decided to go the more classic doughnut route. I tried the Caramel doughnut.


Pardon the cracks in the icing. This doughnut, in its Gibson’s doughnut bag, got pushed to the back of the counter while I made these delicious cookies. Next time, I’ll treat the doughnut with more respect.

I like how simple this doughnut is: just the classic glazed doughnut with caramel icing. No bells, no whistles, no sprinkles, no enhanced colors, nothing to draw extra attention to it. This doughnut is confident enough in itself to be Just Caramel.

The taste? Potentially compromised by my heating it up for too long in the microwave. I tried to wait for it to cool off, but it had been so long since I had my last Gibson’s doughnut, I wanted to eat it immediately. As a result, I couldn’t detect a clear caramel taste. There was a definite sugar taste – and no one is going to complain about that, right?? But not much caramel. So, sadly:

Tastee score: 5

This will definitely go on the “try it again” list.

Doughnut news: Gibson’s Donuts doughnuts travel fairly well.


Patiently waiting at the Memphis International Airport

Some friends of mine were kind enough to host me for a weekend trip to Houston, so I took them some doughnuts as a thank-you gift (like momma taught me). I got to go through the TSA Pre-Check line, which does not have bins for the various things you have to take out of your carry-ons to be scanned separately. So I carefully placed my two carry-ons just right so that the Gibson’s box would have enough space in between them to keep the box from smushed. A TSA security person in the regular security line saw my efforts and raced over to give me a bin for the doughnuts. Y’all, this is how revered Gibson’s Donuts doughnuts are in this town: even governmental safety officials help protect them!

Note: I would suggest taping the sides of the box lid down. Despite my best efforts, sometimes the inevitable jostling of the carry-on bag made the lid bend upward a tad, exposing the doughnuts to the elements. And we MUST protect the doughnuts! Especially if TSA is concerned about transporting them safely!