With all due respect to the Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kremes of the world, they sometimes make you forget what a real doughnut is supposed to taste like.
The Casserole Shop and Bakery gives you a little more for your doughnut experience.
And when I say more, start with the fact that the doughnuts are huge. Think of a standard doughnut’s size and double it -- and you’re still only about two-thirds of the way there to one of these babies.
The shop on Forsyth Road has plenty of offerings beyond doughnuts and fritters. The menu includes cookies, muffins, sausage-pancake bites, cupcakes, croissants and petit fours.
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But don’t just take my word for it. Being the wonderful person that I am, I bought a dozen doughnuts for The Telegraph’s newsroom, knowing that the doughnuts would never go to waste in that environment. At $16 including tax, the dozen doughnuts weren’t significantly more expensive than the doughnut chains. Here are the reactions:
“I had what I think was a maple-glazed doughnut. I’d describe it as ‘yeasty nirvana.’ It was lightly sugared with what seemed like a touch of liqueur, although I’m assuming that wasn’t part of the recipe. It was fantastic -- and about the size of Rhode Island, by the way. ” -- Oby Brown
“The one with chocolate and sprinkles on top: Extra chunky sprinkles took my sugar-meter over the top ... in a delicious way!” -- Renee Martinez
“Peanut butter-and-jelly filled doughnut: Not a combo I’d normally associate with a doughnut, but very intriguing in a peanut butter-heavy sort of way.” -- Phillip Ramati
“A yeast doughnut with chocolate and sprinkles. Overall good. They certainly didn’t skimp on the sprinkles. The doughnut itself was fresh, and more dense than most. Better than Dunkin’ or grocery store doughnuts, but not quite as good as Krispy Kreme, which is, of course, the doughnut gold standard.” -- Erin Ivanov
“I had the blueberry doughnut. It was crisp enough to be almost crunchy on the outside, but soft within. The blueberry pieces were small, but there were enough of them to speckle the interior thoroughly and lend a distinctive blueberry taste to the glazed sweetness.” -- Jim Gaines
“I had snippets of the chocolate-covered and coconut covered. Both are to die for. ... Icing is not too sweet and cake is not too heavy nor too light. ... Just like Caroletta’s cakes -- delicious. I’d buy them for any function.” -- Paulette Fountain
“I had the Boston cream pie doughnut. It was everything I would expect in such a doughnut: heavily glazed fried dough, topped with chocolate and stuffed with an ample amount of cream. It was deliciously sweet, maybe too sweet, but that’s how most doughnuts usually are.” -- Jennifer Burk
Address: 4420 Forsyth Road, Macon
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Price range: $1-$35
Rating: 4 stars