IIIIIIIIIIT'S BEEN A WHILE. I got these donuts back in February and took well over a month to finish the post about them. Do you ever wake up ready to take on the world and think about everything you're going to get done after work, then lose all form of motivation by the time you get home? Well, same.
That's been my last month and I'm workin' on it. I know that isn't about the donuts, but I'm an over-sharer and way more open than I probably should be. I LOVE DONUTS, but I also love talking about life and hopefully some of you can relate to my struggles (and my love of these pillows of sin).
NOW TO THE MAIN EVENT: Roll N Donuts in Belvidere, Ill.
I know what you're thinking: Where in the world is Belvidere, Illinois? It's about an hour and a half northwest of Chicago. Roll N Donuts started around Elgin and Algonquin, Ill., which are suburbs of Chicago, but they have a shop in Belvidere now, which is closer to me. (Thank God.)
The Belvidere shop is across the street from a Taco Bell, so I knew it was going to be INSAAAANE. Roll N Donuts product is affordable and they had a wide variety considering I got there at 11:30 a.m. during a snow storm on a Saturday.
Sour Cream Old Fashioned – I've had some delicious old fashioneds and this one was no exception. The old fashioneds I've had were typically pretty dense, but this one was more crumbly, though it definitely wasn't dry. The glaze was delicious and sweet, and it was what made the donut. I enjoyed this one, but I think I prefer a denser cake in an old fashioned.
Apple Cider – This legitimately tasted like a glass of apple cider. I don't know about you, but my favorite apple orchard, Edwards Apple Orchard, has some of the best apple cider donuts EVER, but Roll N Donuts apple cider donut was (hot take) so much better. Unlike most apple orchard donuts, this cake was covered in a glaze instead of cinnamon/sugar. You could see the flecks of cinnamon in the batter though and I LOVED IT.
Cinnamon Cake – Only thing: I wish it was coated in a bit more sugar as cinnamon is kind of bitter in large amounts, but I loved the dense, flavorful cake. I like sweet cinnamon/sugar donuts, so I was hoping for a little more, but that's a personal preference.
Red Velvet – I need to say that the red velvet had the best texture out of all the donuts. The cake was the perfect level of moist. Other than the red dough, there wasn't much about this that said "red velvet." I wish there would have been more cocoa or a cream cheese frosting to give it that signature red velvet taste and feel. It was a good donut, but there just wasn't anything special about it.
Strawberry Frosted – The first raised donut I tried, the texture of the dough was light and fluffy, which was pleasing. I picked this one because it was heart shaped and Valentine's themed, but, MAN, I just don't like strawberry donuts. It doesn't matter who makes it, I just can't do it. If you like strawberry donuts, I'm sure you'll like the one from Roll N Donuts since they make good stuff, but I can't do strawberry-flavored things. I don't even like strawberry milkshakes.
Raised Glazed – Another hot take coming in: This glazed donut was better than Krispy Kreme. Seriously. It was thick and fluffy and the glaze tasted like ice cream. I have nothing but love for this.
Chocolate Frosted Cake – I'm obsessed with their cake donuts. The cake isn't too sweet, so the sweet frostings and glazes perfectly balance it out. They're dense, which I love, and moist, which is an unfortunate word, but fortunate texture for cake, but they still crumble and melt in your mouth. The chocolate frosting was also delicious and it was covered in sprinkles, of which you can never have too many.
Bavarian Cream – The cream was pleasantly light and sweet with great flavor. I liked how the raised donut was covered in powdered sugar. It wasn't overly sweet and balanced well with the cream.
Cinnamon/Sugar Twist – There was more sugar coated on the twist than the cinnamon cake, so I was happy with that, but there wasn't anything outrageous about this donut other than the shape. It wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't that special.
Boston Creme – The creme was slightly less sweet than the Bavarian cream, but that paired beautifully with the sugary chocolate frosting. They load this donut with creme, which is incredible compared to other joints that make you eat half the donut before you taste any filling.
Blueberry Cake – There were SO many blueberries. Every bite was filled with delightful, delicious, sweet blueberry cake. I can't emphasize enough how much I adore their cake. I have no critiques, qualms... NOTHIN'.
Vanilla Frosted – Clearly I saved my two favorites for last. Again, this cake is phenomenal and goes perfectly with their frostings and glazes. There were a ton of sprinkles, so I was a happy camper.
Raised Glazed (what?!)
If you're ever in the Belvidere or Elgin/Algonquin areas, you need to check out Roll N Donuts. If they have good cake donuts, they have a forever fan in me. They even had a plain glazed yeast donut that I loved. That's almost unheard of for me, SO YOU KNOW IT'S GOOD.