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Why aren't donuts more popular as a dessert item?

Sure, sometimes they are offered as dessert, but it's pretty rare.

Aren't they the perfect dessert item? Deep-fried, sweet doughy goodness?

Why are donuts more notable as a snack (or a breakfast item in the category of danishes or muffins) than as a true dessert item?

Do you eat donuts for dessert?

I know I do. Homemade donuts with a large scoop of ice cream is just about as perfect as it can get for simplicity and deliciousness.

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  1. I have a salt tooth over a sweet tooth, therefore I rarely eat donuts or ice cream.....maybe once per year. I think I only even eat dessert if it is someone else providing it as I'd rather save my treats for a salty snack later.

    1. That is a really good question. I don't care much for sweets, but I will rarely turn down a donut!!! It's probably a good thing they are not served as a standard dessert item. I haven't made them for years.
      I never really understood the overly sweet Krispy Kreme fad though. Too much. Blech.

      1. um, the donuts are right there. it's just that they're called "beignets" on the dessert menu.

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        1. re: soupkitten

          Some would say that beignets are not desserts.

          But that said, how often do you see beignets on a menu outside of New Orleans? And the famed Cafe Du Monde isn't really a full-blown restaurants, it's sort of like the Krispy Kreme version of beignets.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            well i guess minneapolis/st paul is somewhat afield from new orleans. . . i've seen them around town on dessert menus here and i like to order them for dessert-- actually a little lighter than some of the chocolate cake bombs that are all too common, and very nice to eat with--duh--black coffee :) after a good meal.

            beignets make sense on a dessert menu at small restaurants that don't have a pastry chef, it's a deep fried batter after all, something the line cooks can easily handle. . .

            1. re: soupkitten

              I wasn't discounting what you said soupkitten.

              My only point was that it is just not a popular dessert item -- be they donuts or beignets or churros or whatever. And speaking of churros, you don't even see those very often in Spanish or Mexican dessert menus.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Churros are not generally regarded as desserts in Spain. They're breakfast or morning-snack food.

        2. There was a fad for serving doughnuts as part of a dessert a couple of years ago. You could barely go into a restaurant without coming across them. Last time we tried them (April 08), they were served on the side of an otherwise very good rice pudding creme brulee. An absolutely pointless, stodgy addition which ruined the taste and texture of the brulee - one bite was enough; we left the rest and just ate the brulee

          1. I prefer them for dessert! There was a restaurant called the Rumor Mill in Old Ellicott City, MD that served them as a dessert and also Volt in Frederick, MD had a version on one of their menus.