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So....has anyone tried a Fonut?

Just curious about your thoughts on it. Is it just hype or is it worth the ridiculous price.

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  1. Had one at the taste of the nation event. wasn't wowed by it, so not a lot of interest in trying out the store.

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    1. re: andytseng

      Ditto this. Maybe they weren't presenting their best at TOTN, but it tasted far too 'healthy' for me on the rare occasion that I'm wanting a donut. It was sort of dry and vaguely fruity like a Nutrigrain bar.

      1. re: TracyS

        Third this. Totally unimpressive at TotN.

        1. re: baloney

          Fourth! And I was VERY excited. It just tasted like a dry piece of cake. There are so many less caloric options than the fonut that taste ten times better.

    2. Well, it's smart marketing - but they are about 20 years late to "invent" it.

      In the early 90's, Mani Niall invented it for Danny Devito, and then sold it at his now shuttered bakery on Fairfax. I know this not just because of the internet, but because I used to go there and eat them! (I know it got imperfect towards the end, but, oh they did have some nice treats!) Anyway, they were low-fat, fruit juice sweetened cakes baked in the shape of a doughnut.

      Here's a fast write up -

      http://www.seeing-stars.com/shop/Mani...

      And here is what he is doing now -

      http://www.manistestkitchen.com/flash...

      1. Absolutely worth the hype, as long as you don't have to worry about your waistline. I imagine Waylynne Lucas does not eat her own product because she's so skinny.

        These puppies are dense and delicious and rich. A third of a fonut should suffice any hunger and then some. The lemon was tart; the strawberry right on; the chocolate was well, chocolatey. The PB and J however not so much.

        For the price and goodness, it's well worth it. Two fonuts could satiate an entire office. Selling out of product the first week wasn't random...

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        1. re: eder

          But is it better than a real donut. I am pretty skeptical and would rather get the real deal for a 1/3 of the price unless they are as good if not better. It doesn't really matter to me that they are filling so long as they taste good and you don't need a gallon of milk to wash them down. The savory ones do sound tempting though.

          1. I tried two and thought they were really good.

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            1. re: blackbookali

              I tried two as well - Rosemary Olive Oil and Banana Chocolate. Both were really good and moist - definitely not healthy tasting. I asked if they had the calorie info and the cashier made it clear that this was not the first time she had been asked - she went to the kitchen to ask and came back with a "they're working on that" answer. She and I agreed that the sales may diminish when folks find out how not good for you they are! A satisfying treat but way too expensive for what it is.