{Are doughnuts the new cupcake or macaron?}

Late last night, twitter was a buzz with talk about a new gourmet doughnut shop that recently opened up in Calgary 9 days ago.

One look at Julie’s droolworthy post and I was determined to try these for myself. So I set my alarm for 6:30am and headed out to Jelly Modern Doughnuts just after 7am to get a taste for myself. Here is a brief description from their website: 

As Canada’s original gourmet doughnut bakery café our vision is to create the best doughnut anyone in Canada has ever tasted. We wanted to reinvent the doughnut with sophisticated flavours and high quality ingredients to create a uniquely crafted artisan treat -– revolutionizing a great Canadian tradition. Our devoted and talented pastry chefs and bakers share our passionate vision and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Tasting is believing!

Fun facts:

  • The mastermind behind these treats is Grayson Sherman, executive chef of the Saint Germain in Hotel Arts.
  • They use eco-friendly boxes and cutlery and bamboo is used for the interior of the cafe.
  • Doughnuts are preservative free and use local and organic ingredients whenever possible.
  • Made today and gone today. No frozen or partially baked doughnuts here. Any leftovers are donated to the food bank or other local charities.
  • They offer doughnut decorating parties for kids and offer cater/deliver for office meetings
  • They feature artwork from local artists in their community room.

The store was packed with proud moms and dads eagerly watching their children as they decorated their own doughnuts alongside Breakfast Television’s Jill Beland live on air. I pushed pass the crowd and there they were. Rows of beautifully decorated fresh-out-of-the-oven doughnuts in the display case.

I initially tried to order the corporate packa box of 16 assorted 3 bite doughnuts (smaller versions of their originals), but the guy behind the counter told me they had sold out! WHAT? I came in like 10 minutes after they opened and they were already out! Word travels fast..

So I went with a box of 6 of the regular size..and when I say regular, I mean GIANT. These were huge rounds..kinda like a Tim Hortons doughnut on steroids.

I hurried home with eager anticipation, driving a little faster than usual..

The smell when I opened this box..unreal. “Mmmm….doughnuts…

*Insert Homer Simpson drool here.*

I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Being the good food blogger I am, I patiently (but quickly) took photos of each one for your viewing pleasure before diving in.

The first.. their Peanut Butter Cupraised doughnut dipped in peanut butter ganache, hand filled with organic peanut cream filling and finished with salted organic peanuts. The peanut butter cream reminds me of a rich and creamy buttercream. PB and chocolate..how can you go wrong?

The S’moresraised doughnut glazed with chocolate ganache, handfilled with our housemade marshmallow crème, housemade marshmallows and finished with graham cracker crumbs. The sticky marshmallow creme slowly flowed down the edges when I cut into this one, just like it was fresh off the fire. The doughnut just melted in your mouth.

The most unusual of the flavours, the Maple Baconraised doughnut dipped in brown maple glaze finished with crumbled valbella baconThe sweet and salty combo was ultra decadent. Even the glaze had a hint of bacon flavour in it.

The Coconutraised doughnut dipped in a coconut milk glaze hand filled with housemade coconut pastry creme and finished with sweetened white coconut. If you follow my blog, you are well aware I LOVE coconut, however, this one was probably my least favourite of the batch. Maybe too much pastry creme?

From the cake collection, the Red VelvetJelly’s classic red velvet cake doughnut topped with cinnamon marscapone cheese icing.

LOOOVED the cake doughnuts, I think even more so than the raised ones. A nice crispy exterior and dense and moist crumb in the center, these ones were also less sweet than the glazed ones.

And last, but not least, the Carrot Cakespiced carrot cake doughnut topped with a cinnamon marscapone glaze topped with crispy carrot ribbons. Swoonworthy..all my favourite flavours of fall in a doughnut.

Verdict? Love them 🙂 Some of the glazed ones were a bit too sweet for my taste and I could probably only eat about 1/2 a regular size in a sitting (although, I did try a piece of all of them…for the blog of course). A welcome addition to Calgary’s dessert scene. The price of these tasty delights? 1 dozen for $24.95 (These are BIG and one doughnut can easily be shared by two people).

Other ones I’m excited to try next time: the whoopie pie or vanilla birthday cake doughnuts, their modern cinnamon buns made with Saigon cinnamon and marscapone icing. They also offer mini doughnuts by the half-dozen on Saturdays with flavours varying by week.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go get your own! They’re open extra early on weekdays to satisfy that craving or to suck up to your friends or coworkers..and yes, I did share 🙂

Jelly Modern Doughnuts – Monday – Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 6:00pm  |  Address: 100, 1414 8 street sw Calgary  |  Phone: 403.453.2053

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6 Responses to “{Are doughnuts the new cupcake or macaron?}”
  1. Vivian says:

    Wow…your photos tell the whole story. I was intrigued by Julie’s post but was also happy to find your’s in the comments. I will be adding your blog to my feed. Thank you, Jen.

    • Aw, thanks for your kind words. I always get excited when a new dessert place opens up here and love to share my experiences with readers 🙂

      • Vivian says:

        I live just west of Edmontn and often visit friends in Calgary. I’m so glad I can alert them to this new place and maybe even get to enjoy it myself on my next visit. The offerings look luscious, your pictures were deluxe. Thanks again.

  2. Tatiana says:

    I’ve been waiting to go there, and it sounds heavenly. I’ll let the hoopla die down a bit so that I’m not disappointed by selection, since I’m NOT an early riser.

  3. Elsie Hui says:

    oh wow!! The donuts look great!!!! I’ve just recently started to hear about Jelly Modern Doughnuts, and I think you’ve tickled my tastebuds! 🙂 I’ll have to try it soon!! I’ve been finding myself at Tim Hortons lately… 😀

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