I first read about Cartems Donuterie in the Vancouver Sun
and ever since then I’ve wanted to pay a visit. Their Bacon Maple Bourbon donut in particular intrigued me because I wanted to see if they were better
than the ones I made for my Marketing class last year! If you haven’t read my not too shabby attempt in making and selling Maple Bacon donuts, read it here. They
sold like hotcakes at the SFU campus so I kind of regret not capitalizing on
the idea right then and there! Haha
bought ourselves half a dozen to share. The pop up shop is very discreet and
you can easily miss it if you don’t see the small white piece of paper that
around 10:20am. As you can see, most of the donuts were already gone! Luckily,
there were more flavours at the back so it wasn’t as sold out as we thought. We
almost had a heart attack when we thought there was no more Earl Grey donut
their donuterie to be all about using the finest and most local ingredients. It’s
nice to know that everything is handmade and all the ingredients are selected
dozen donuts ($15) sitting all pretty in the box. These babies do not come
cheap however as they are $3 a piece.
donut was the most anticipated since it’s their best seller and looked ever so
gorgeous. This cake based donut is infused with organic earl grey tea, topped
with earl grey glaze and a sprinkle of mallow flavours. It sounded wonderful and
all but when I bit into it, I was taken back because I couldn’t taste a hint of
earl grey. 🙁 Don’t get me wrong, it was absolutely scrumptious! But if you
didn’t tell me it was earl grey flavoured, I wouldn’t have known.
Bacon Bourbon donut and this was by far the best one of the bunch. The
bourbon was faint but noticeable and the bacon had a sweetness to it, almost as
if they were candied bacon.
when I was going “Whoa! So spicy!”. One thing I’d like to mention about Cartem’s
donuts is that they are all quite dense and heavy. They are completely
different from the yeast based donuts you get at Tim Horton’s so it might not
be for everyone. It’s almost like eating cake in donut form!
donut is covered in organic cinnamon/sugar. This was one of my favourites but
others who had a bite thought it was nothing special and tasted almost stale.
Snow donut. I was especially fond of the large organic coconut shavings!
so much chocolate involved but it wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet!
very satisfied belly can testify to that. However, I generally prefer yeast
based donuts because it’s lighter so Cartems may not be my go-to donut shop
whenever I’m craving donuts. It’s also a
pricier than Tim Horton’s so I might have to just stick with Timmy Ho’s for