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Jelly Modern Doughnut - you have to try it

jamtart12 Apr 19, 2011 09:43 AM

there is a new place on 8th street SW just north of 17th ave SW on the east side of the street; it is in the bottom of a building - i think a clothing store used to be there...
anyway, it is called Jelly Modern Doughnut and it is worth a visit

The space is modern and bright and the coffee was good but i'm not a coffee expert but i do know my baked goods and these doughnuts are delicious.

the secret is they are super fresh and chewy and tasty and the toppings are not too sweet!!!

i picked up a dozen for the office and we have been sampling all morning. so far i have tried the honey glaze - really light flavour
s'more - amazing - the marshmallows must be house made
coconut - creamy real coconut not the fake sweet filler
chocolate - rich and dark
and my new found obsession
the maple bacon - i am not going to attempt to describe it - just go try it

i'm looking forward to trying a pb&j next time i go - which might be tonight on the way home from work

(as an aside i just had "bites" of each type)

i swore off doughnuts years ago as you could only get the doughnut chain ridiculous flavour varieties but i am converted. step aside cupcakes, and move along macaroons - i am hooked on doughnuts. i won't be standing in line at manuel latreu anymore to a tarte to a party - everyone is getting doughnuts.

i don't know if they have a website and i'm not sure of the address but it is worth a drive down 8th street just north of 17th ave

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    Backseat Food Critic Oct 10, 2011 05:58 PM

    hey all - coming late to the game I know but I have been out of the reviewing world for a bit! Getting back up and running and the first place I had to give a shout out to is JELLY! Love this place! Love these doughnuts! I'm not a cupcake girl but I sure can be a doughnut girl! Lemon doughnut - worth every penny and better then the Doughnut Mill in Red Deer - I did a comparison one day on the way home from Edmonton. Bought a whole flat of mini-doughnuts for my co-workers and there was no complaints! Other than me as I didn't get to try every flavour

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      23skidoo May 3, 2011 01:42 PM

      The "small" donuts which they describe as "3-bite donuts" are actually the perfect size. More than 3 bites, anyway. The bacon/maple was perfect! Much better than the version at voodoo donuts in Portland. Also split a large PB&J. The flavour was good, but the jam was a little runny for me.
      I hope this place does well. The space is a good size, but the location is a little awkward. I almost didn't find it at first.

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      1. re: 23skidoo
        jcontario May 31, 2011 05:00 PM

        I notice on their website that they list their prices by the dozen. I assume that you can also buy them individually? How much per single doughnut?

        1. re: jcontario
          aktivistin May 31, 2011 07:28 PM

          According to the printable PDF menu, the singles are $2.25 and they are huge. The more decently sized "three-bite" doughnuts are $1.95.


          1. re: aktivistin
            worldwidestuff Jun 1, 2011 06:01 AM

            Worth every penny.

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        aktivistin May 2, 2011 07:24 AM

        Tried the maple bacon doughnut on Saturday, and have to agree that the doughnuts eat like a meal! (I did finish mine, but that's a whole different issue...) I found the glaze a little too sugary, which masked the maple and bacon flavours.

        Doughnut itself was soft and fresh--though a yeast donut, it was a little bread-y (like a white bread-doughnut hybrid), similar to Tim Horton's style, rather than a beignet style.

        I'll be back for a smaller doughnut. The coconut looks especially tempting.

        1. TSAW May 1, 2011 03:42 PM

          We picked up a few to try. It was tough to decide what to pick, as they all looked so good. We decided on maple bacon, glazed with tangerine/blood orange filling and carrot cake. I'm not much of a donut expert but they were tastey and fresh. The smell of fresh donuts in my car on they way home was wonderful. My fav was the carrot cake cake but I do prefer cake donuts. My only complaint was the size. They were so big. That is great if you only want one flavor, but if you prefer to have a couple different flavors, it's too much to eat two of these. They do have 3-bite size but when we were there they were only offering one flavor - cinnamon-sugar. I understand you can order a mix of the smaller sizes for a party or office but they have to be pre-ordered. Bummer... I'm not great a preplanning. Worth checking out!

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            makan2 Apr 28, 2011 05:53 PM

            I had a chance to try 3 of the regular-sized doughnuts: Coconut, Peanut Butter & Jelly and Red Velvet.

            Coconut - The size of a child's bicycle wheel! Really! It was not very sweet and there was huge coconut flakes all over the coconut glaze. The coconut cream in the hole was so darn good!

            Peanut Butter & Jelly - Same size as the Coconut. What I really wanted to try was the Peanut Butter Cup but it was not the day for it. :o( Opted for this one instead. This doughnut is not sweet at all. The flavours all blend together really, really well. The red jelly is right in the hole so it squirts when you take a bite!

            Red Velvet - This one was a little smaller and a heavier, cakier cake. Again, the creamcheese glaze was not sweet at all and nicely decorated with red sprinkles.

            Will have to try the other flavours.

            1. DeeDub Apr 28, 2011 03:05 PM

              I stopped by there yesterday afternoon. Cool looking space. I was overwealmed with the selection. Lots of interesting flavours. My plan was to try a couple of different regular sized doughnuts but because of their large size, I opted to choose from the smaller size of doughnuts. There were only three of the small versions to choose from at the time I was there... maple/bacon, chocolate and peanut butter cup. I did the maple bacon and peanut butter cup. Both were really good. Very, very rich though. Next time I am going for the marshmallow, it looks amazing. So does their "seasonal" which was a raspberry filling (I think). The one thing I didn't see was any sort of "plain" doughnut. The toppings are so rich and over-the-top that I had a hard time figuring out if the actual doughnut was outstanding. Maybe I missed it but I would love it if they carried a simple sugar doughnut or an apple fritter.

              1. cellophane_star Apr 28, 2011 09:23 AM

                These guys were on Breakfast Television this morning. The donuts looked HUGE. Their "mini" donuts looked to be the same size as a Tim Horton's donut. Having said that, they looked amazingly delicious. My friend has tried them and said the same thing.

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                1. re: cellophane_star
                  marcopolo Apr 28, 2011 10:33 AM

                  yup, they're big alright. Almost too big for my taste, almost 8" across. The price kinda set me aback at first, but I guess given the size it kinda makes sense. I tried the PBJ and I'm not sold on them yet...

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                  piano boy Apr 22, 2011 11:07 PM

                  Website is up and running.

                  They look nice, would get one or two on occasion. $25 for a dozen is steep. Donut Mill in Red Deer still make the best.

                  "Canada's original gourmet doughnut bakery cafe"... Huh? What does that even mean?

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                  1. re: piano boy
                    messier Apr 24, 2011 11:09 AM

                    I agree, I love Donut Mill. When I first moved here fellow Chow's recommended I go there and since that first trip the SO and I go there once a month for apple fritters!

                    Sadly, I don't see any real "classics" on the menu -and frying is still frying even if you use organic flour!!! (lol) but hey-its a treat, right? I'll go and check it out, but I agree it will probably only be a once and awhile thing. If their cinnamon buns are good they may get me though!

                  2. maplesugar Apr 19, 2011 11:14 AM

                    When did they open? Last I heard they were still setting up.

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                    1. re: maplesugar
                      Gobstopper Apr 20, 2011 02:12 PM

                      Finally! +1 "step aside cupcakes, and move along macaroons "

                      Thought we might miss this trend all together

                      1. re: maplesugar
                        Leibowitz Apr 21, 2011 10:42 PM

                        I believe they opened last week.

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                          Leibowitz Apr 22, 2011 05:01 AM

                          Oh, yes, I forgot. Preemptively, I'm so over the whole doughnut thing. I liked them before they where sell outs.

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                        cancowboy Apr 19, 2011 10:16 AM


                        No content yet - "coming soon".

                        Sounds like a great find

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                          jamtart12 Apr 19, 2011 09:47 AM

                          oh, and one more thing, they are transfat and preservative free, use organic ingredients and local suppliers so you can feel even better about eating one
                          they are also relatively inexpensive - 12 for about $24 which i think is less expensive than a cupcake and they are a generous size

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