Feb 20, 2023

I Am A Quack Addict

Duck Donuts
The Shoppes at Montage - Moosic, PA
I was at the red light leaving Cinemark on Saturday with the left turn signal on to head home, but then I saw a sign up ahead that said Duck Donuts.  You can't just put something like that on a sign and not expect me to check it out.

They thankfully do not serve donuts made with duck meat, but I'm not going to pretend that I wouldn't have tried it if they did.  They're named after the town of Duck, North Carolina where the company was founded.  The company is based out of Mechanicsburg, PA today,and they have over 100 locations.  This one in Moosic just opened up last month.

The business model at Duck Donuts is pretty brilliant.  They have a menu of specialty donuts that you can order, or you can customize your own.  When you place an order for your donut(s), a receipt is printed with your name on it that is handed down the line to the crew, who are standing behind a counter of cambros that are filled with different flavors of icing, drizzles, sprinkles, and other toppings.  They get a plain cake donut that was literally just baked and is still hot, and they assemble it much in the same way that they make a hoagie at Subway or a burrito at Chipotle.

This place has only been open for a month, but these folks have this process down to a science.  There was a line stretching around the counter and to the front door, but they were moving through it quickly, and every single finished donut that I saw looked gorgeous.

My wife got the S'Mores Donut on the left, which is made from chocolate icing which is then topped with a marshmallow drizzle and graham cracker crumbs.  I got the Blueberry Pancake donut, which is made from blueberry icing with a maple drizzle and powdered sugar, and let me tell you, that thing tasted exactly like blueberry pancakes with maple syrup.

I'm trying to eat healthy and cut back on desserts and snacks in the new year, so I'm kinda glad that there's a significant number of miles between myself and this place.  I don't know if I'd be able to resist trying the rest of the donuts on their menu if they were right down the street.