If you live in Calgary and haven’t heard of Jelly Modern Doughnuts, you haven’t been listening very closely.
Calgary has been buzzing about this new doughnut joint ever since it opened. It uses local, organic ingredients and never sells day old doughnuts. Each doughnut is hand-crafted and from what I could gather, NOT deepfried. They’re called ‘raised’ doughnuts, which for many I am sure, adds to the appeal and lessens the guilt that comes along with eating a doughnut.
Located on the corner of 8th Street and 14 Avenue SW, it’s pretty-in-pink unit sits underneath a drab brown building. Its a prime location; a couple blocks from 17th Avenue and kitty corner to the new Kawa Espresso Bar.
As soon as you walk into the cafe you are greeted with the sweet smell of freshly baked doughnuts. The cafe is bright and sunny with its full length glass walls and bright pink trim at the bottom. Its a pleasant atmosphere…then you see the doughnuts.
They are such a cheery sight behind a clear glass casing that reaches to the ceiling. Almost immediately there are too many decisions to make as you try to decide which flavours to buy, and the more importantly, how many. My mom has been wanting to go to Jelly Modern for a few months now so on a Friday out I suggested we pop in and grab some doughnuts for dessert. Its a good thing she had nine people to feed that evening because that meant we could choose a variety of these treats.
The flavours are pretty spectacular. They’re not unusual, but unique in that Jelly Modern has taken standard flavours and given them a little twist. The talk around Calgary has been their Maple Bacon doughnut which at first sounds very unappealing, but I knew I had to add it to the assorted 12 we purchased.
After supper and once the time for dessert arrived, Mom and I retreated into the kitchen to ‘prepare’ the doughnuts. Selfishly I wanted to try every flavour so I made sure the doughnuts were cut into quarters so everyone (including me) could sample the exciting flavours.
As we brought the doughnuts to the table and after announcing each flavour, the first quarters to be eaten up were Lemon Curd, Peanut Butter Cup, and the Classic Jelly (which my husband and my brother had to fight over)
My first sample was the Maple Bacon and to my surprise it was actually quite delicious. It was similar to any run of the mill maple doughnut you could find at Tim Hortons’ but had a darker maple flavour and a hint of crispy bacon, and let’s face it, who doesn’t like bacon.
Nenshi’s Salted Carmel was also at the top of my list, although I am sure that whichever flavour you choose, in between bites will come exclamations of, “mmmmmm, WOW, this is the best doughnut I’ve ever had!”