Proof of my appreciation of theme park doughnuts resides all over the internet. Are the doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnuts in Universal Orlando CityWalk the best doughnuts in Orlando area? Clearly, the answer to that question gets a resounding negative. Still, do they make a good value with some fun theming? To that question, I answer positively.
As of time of writing, Voodoo Doughnuts promotes six specialty doughnuts on their menu. Two of them function as seasonal (and might be replaced by time this article gets published). The “Texas” doughnut falls under this category as a giant raised yeast glazed doughnut. The Universal Orangesicle and Miami Viceberry also qualify as specialty doughnuts. Those are both raised yeast shell style doughnuts. Yet, they get overshadowed by another raised yeast shell doughnut. The most popular specialty doughnut here gives the place its name, the Voodoo Doll doughnut. In fact, this doughnut boasts its own trademark status.
The Voodoo Doll® costs $3.75. The menu description prepares us for a raised yeast shell style doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting. To complete the theming, a pretzel stake (stick) sits inserted into the top of the doughnut. Even though the design is simple, the presentation attracts guests.
This Voodoo Doll comes shaped in a comical way like a person. The shape rates as non-traditional. Yet, the shape and consistency of these doughnuts holds up well while being devoured. The signature Voodoo Doll displays the strengths and weaknesses of Voodoo Doughnut quite well. The most common weakness at Voodoo Doughnut regards their toppings. They tend to taste stale and/or dried out. The signature pretzel “stake” through the doughnut’s “heart” tends to taste average at best. Generally, the topping on doughnuts at Voodoo functions as the weakest part of the treat. If Voodoo could upgrade this one aspect of their process, this place could be rated as one of best doughnuts options in Orlando. Alas, that appears unlikely any time soon.
However, the quality of the raised yeast doughnut shines through very well. The raspberry jelly filling (the blood for this theming) provides a solid amount of flavor. If you like jelly filled doughnuts, then this one should brighten your day in a frightening sort of way. The raised yeast portion tastes well above average also. The frosting works well but rates as slightly above average for frosting on a doughnut.
Do you need a “Voodoo Doll” during your next trip to CityWalk? I lack knowledge to answer that for you. However, if looking for a solid, not too extravagant doughnut, give this one a try. Now, the pretzel can be tossed away. However, the rest of the doughnut will be worth your money.
As always, eat like you mean it!
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