In spring, a young woman’s thoughts turn to … doughnuts?
Well, they do if your husband decides to give up desserts for Lent. I was being respectful and doing my best not to have desserts in front of Sean. I was doing pretty well, too, and enjoying the benefits of eating fewer desserts (yes, there was one incident when I went a little Cookie Monster with some Girl Scout cookies, but they’re only available once a year, right?).
Doughnuts, though, are our nemesis. We’ve been known to go for doughnut runs after dinner – and no, we don’t run, we drive and typically come home with a couple of those meltingly light Krispy Kreme doughnuts plus a bottle of chocolate milk to share (see, sharing is healthful). Our most perfect dinner is a night out with sushi, followed by a stop at Krispy Kreme on the way home. A wacky combination, but try it – it works.
So when I heard about Whoa-Nuts, I had to try it. Most of us are familiar with the froyo concept: frozen yogurt that you top with your choice of fruits, candies or syrups, then purchase according to its weight.
Whoa-Nuts – which at 1141 Agerton Lane happens to be in the same strip mall as my favorite froyo, Tutti Frutti – has the same concept, but with doughnuts. Genius!
We’d tried to go a couple of times soon after it opened, but kept missing it as the storefront closed early. One Saturday afternoon – before Lent (yes!) – we made it there, along with my brother Mark.
The first thing you notice is a huge chalkboard wall artfully drawn with Whoa-Nuts’ selection of 18 signature doughnuts (patrons are also welcome to add their own art!). But you only glance at that, because the display of doughnuts at the back of the shop is the real draw. And – samples!
“Want one?” proffered the affable server, holding out a tray of mini-doughnuts. I took one immediately. The doughnut had a slightly crisp coating and it was denser than Krispy Kreme, with a good crumb. It was also just slightly salty and slightly greasy – definitely fresh from the fryer.
The display showcased each of the shop’s 18 signatures, costing only $2.50 apiece. They were creative offerings, ranging from the sweet to the savory, including the LemonBerry, with blueberry and lemon glazes, fresh blueberries and graham crackers; the Canadian, with maple glaze and bacon; and the Car-Mocha, with coffee and caramel glazes and chocolate sprinkles.
But you can also create your own Whoa-Nut, choosing from 13 glazes (including brown sugar, raspberry and cream cheese) and the toppings buffet. Similar to that at Tutti Frutti but smaller, the buffet includes a variety of fresh fruit, candies, nuts, cookies and more. Creativity comes at a slightly higher cost though – most self-designed Whoa Nuts end up costing around $4.
Both Mark and Sean decided to go with signatures. Mark’s was the Valentine, a chocolate and raspberry glazed doughnut topped with milk and white chocolate chips; Sean chose the Papa, a delectable creation of peanut butter and chocolate glaze studded with peanuts and chocolate chips.
I, on the other hand, went with creating my own, choosing a warm vanilla glaze, topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, and a tiny scoop of white chocolate chips. (I realized later though that there really is nothing new under the sun – Whoa-Nuts already had a very similar doughnut, the Berry Parfait, with vanilla glaze and blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. Oh well!)
We sat down with our little paper baskets in hand to dig in. Eating a doughnut with a fork is Seinfeld-esque, but a necessity here to avoid glazed fingers. The fresh glaze made the doughnut warm and rich – and once again it was crisp and greasy. I understood the slight touch of salt after taking a bite with all the glaze and toppings – the doughnut is super sweet, delicious for the first couple of bites but diabetic-coma-inducing as I neared the end. But as a special treat, definitely dessert worthy.
A few handy tips: Coupons are available on Whoa-Nuts’ Facebook page. Also look for fun theme days where a goofy costume or your work badge can earn special perks! The shop also just switched to later hours on most nights to cater to the after-work and date-night crowd.
As for me, right now, writing this review has to give me my doughnut fix. Come Easter, you’ll know where to find me.
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WHAT: Whoa-Nuts Donuts, 1141 Agerton Lane
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
COST: From $1 for a mini to $20 for a dozen signature donuts
SECOND HELPING: (706)-664-5259, whoanutsdonuts.com, facebook.com/WhoaNuts