The Kensington Market is now home to Jelly Modern Doughnuts, a Canadian doughnut shop originating from Calgary with a vision to create the best doughnut anyone in Canada has ever tasted. It's quite a tall order but it seems like Jelly has the right practices in place to achieve it. According to their website, the hand crafted doughnuts are made fresh (never frozen or partially baked) throughout the day with the finest quality ingredients - locally sourced and organic whenever possible. They also offer quite the assortment of unique and gourmet doughnut flavours in a store with a clean, minimalist look using splashes of pink on white elements.
The featured doughnuts on display today (in 3 bite and full sized options) were Creme Brulee, Classic Jelly, Madagascar Vanilla, Skor Bar, S'mores, Maple Bacon, Chocolate, Coconut, Salted Caramel and Gluten-free options.
They were all artistically designed but how did they stack up in the taste department?
Maple Bacon - The glaze had a great smoky taste and the bacon gave the doughnut a complementary savoury component to something otherwise sweet.
Creme Brulee - This doughnut had rich custard with delicious crunchy burnt components.
Classic Jelly - This doughnut had an excellent texture to the jelly.
S'mores - The least impressive doughnut of the four. You can't really taste the graham cracker powder and the marshmallow didn't have a roasted taste.
So the toppings were fantastic... however, the dough base of each doughnut ruined the experience - too dense, too doughy and too dry.
They are definitely not the best doughnuts in Canada but hopefully they can continue to strive towards that ideal. Jelly is definitely on the right track.