On Sunday morning, fending off the demons that come along with Daylight Savings Time and two young kids who want to wake up far earlier than my brain wants to allow, The Rooster and I headed over to Puffy Cream Donuts in Eagan to pick up some treats for breakfast for The Wife and ourselves. Having had their donuts which are sold through a locally owned gas station in Apple Valley, we knew of their quality but wanted to try them straight out of the store too.
Growing up in a geographic location that is obsessed about donuts, I have had some of the best there are. There Krispy Kreme wasn’t a gas station, grocery store, and shopping center fad but instead an institution from decades before. I would sit at the counter and wait for the donuts to roll off and straight into a huge box accompanying a very large cup of coffee surrounded by cigarette smoke from the regulars chatting away at each other over folded newspapers. Then, just to rub it in, we also had any number of other donut shops including the famed Dunkin Donuts.
Anyway, The Rooster and I arrived at around 10:15 AM to a line that reached the door. While The Wife was concerned our late arrival would limit the number of donuts available, there were plenty there for us to choose from. While The Rooster wandered around near the glass leaving fingerprints all over the glass, I waited patiently to order some of the usuals including a Long John, a chocolate covered Old Fashioned, two Apple Fritters (which the guy working the counter turned into 6 due to their unusually small size), and the standard glazed and chocolate and sprinkle covered ones as well. When we finally got up to the counter to make our choices and pay the bill, the person working threw in a half-dozen (or more, I didn’t count) donut holes for The Rooster.
My single biggest surprise about the place is that they do not highlight coffee. Yes, they had some in a container off to the side but it was something boring like Seattle’s Best and they hadn’t brewed a new batch in at least two hours. COFFEE GOES WITH DONUTS. WHY ARE YOU NOT SELLING GREAT COFFEE BREWED CONSTANTLY? Ugh.
Anyway, the donuts are good for Minnesota and just slightly less than ok for what I would expect of donuts based on my experiences on the East Coast. The Apple Fritters were well below their average deliverable to the gas station we frequent and the best one was probably their simple Glazed as it was crispy and soft at the same time with some flavor to boot. The Old Fashioned and the Long John carried almost no distinctive flavor from the donut or the various toppings. It very similar to eating nothing and, at that rate, why bother?
While we’ll go back again and certainly eat the ones they deliver to the store near our home just because The Wife likes them, I am not going to jump up and down for joy when I do. Yeah, they do the trick, no, they’re not great donuts. While I appreciated the great service yesterday, the fact that they didn’t have real coffee and it wasn’t updated in hours shows just how not serious Minnesotans are about donuts. We’re almost better off eating bagels here and that should say everything about eating donuts in Minnesota.
Have you ever had Puffy Cream Donuts Plus in Eagan? If so what did you think? Are you surprised they aren’t pushing out gallons of great coffee? What other local donut places do you prefer and why? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Puffy Cream Donuts
3390 Coachman Rd
Eagan, MN 55121