Voodoo Captain’s Sinking Ship


What is it about culinary experts that they continue to try to prove they can do what others have failed to do?  For example, on the iconic show “Iron Chef” and all variations after that one, one piece of equipment called to the chefs over and over. This machine functioned like the mythical siren call to fishermen. On the Iron Chef America version, the cry of “The Ice Cream Machine is Running” became a mocking phrase of horror. So many chefs sank to defeat by trying to use the secret ingredient in an ice cream as a part of their five-course meal. I recall trout and cod being turned into ice cream. I do not think even Salt and Straw over at Disney Springs have tried that. Of course, they could have a planning meeting with an actual Iron Chef at Morimoto Asia if needed.

Just like the ice cream machine doomed chefs in TV competitions, breakfast cereal sinks doughnut creators often. The “Oh Captain, My Captain” doughnut serves as another cautionary tale. This doughnut costs $2.75. This raised yeast doughnut comes topped with vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch cereal.

The combination of doughnuts and breakfast cereal sounds great. I mean…. what not two good breakfast items together be better? The idea of combining them could be like peanut butter and jelly. In theory adding breakfast cereal to a doughnut should work. However, reality kicks in. Just like the idea of a sweet dessert at the end of an “Iron Chef” challenge sounds great, this combination often flops.

For full disclosure, I have eaten the “Oh Captain, My Captain” doughnut three separate times.The key issue of breakfast cereal on top of doughnuts involves the moisture being pulled away from the cereal. This happens often with Voodoo Doughnut. This lack of moisture gives the consumer the sensation of stale cereal.

At $2.75 for this doughnut, I want a more consistent quality. The frosting tastes good every time. Most of the time when I have consumed one of these doughnuts, the raised yeast portion adds solid flavor. The cereal topping fails like the sound of trout ice cream.

With so many better raised yeast doughnuts on the menu, I find it hard to suggest this one. Yet, with over fifty different varieties of doughnut creations at Voodoo Doughnut, you should be able to find one you like. As always, eat like you mean it!

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