They had me at pumpkin donuts. You know Fall is officially here as soon as you see pumpkins all around you. The smell of Starbucks PSL’s (pumpkin spiced lattes), pumpkin everything at Trader Joe’s and what’s left of any empty lots in Orange County have early signs of a pumpkin patch in the making. When we were invited to check out some gourmet pumpkin doughnuts at Poqet Donuts (pronounced “pocket”) in Irvine, we couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy some Fall vibes.
Poqet’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Donut is to die for. It is everything you’d imagine and even sweeter. If you love pumpkin, then you will really love it! What grabbed us was not just the pumpkin donut, but all the other flavors available too: Maple Bacon, Campfire (think s’mores), Nutella, Lemon Meringue, Butter Salt, Apple Pie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookies and Cream, Pistachio Creme Brûlée and yes, a Vegan Samoa to name a few. The list is huge & yummy. You can even customize your gourmet doughnut. Build your own by picking the type of doughnut (glazed, chocolate cake, vanilla cake or vegan), the type of filling (creams and butters, fresh fruit or jams) and finish it off with a topping of your choice (candies, spices or nuts). Amazing! You can also order your doughnuts online and pickup.
What drinks can you sip with your doughnuts? How about a hand-crafted Pumpkin Latte? If you wanted other coffee drinks, they offer others too. You can enjoy a regular fresh brewed coffee, Americano, espresso, ice blended drinks, hot chocolate or tea. And what? They even serve boba drinks! Boba milk tea and doughnuts is a brilliant pair.
Having a boba milk tea served with a maple bacon donut on top of the cup is the most amazing display we’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a doughnut and a boba drink. With this particular combo, you’ll experience sweet crunchy bacon as you bite into the pillowy doughnut. Then you can sip on your milk tea and take in chewy tapioca balls though your straw. You’ll get crunchy, sweet, chewy… then finish it off with a creamy sip of milk tea. Talk about a party in your mouth. Wow.
If you aren’t into the bacon, perhaps you’ll enjoy their, wait for it ….. Vegan Samoa doughnut?!! They have nailed the texture of the dairy free doughnut without sacrificing flavor. Everything is wonderful, from the bite of the doughnut to the caramel, the perfectly toasted crunchy coconut and chocolate drizzles that take you back to your childhood memories of Girl Scouts Samoa Cookies. Another vegan bonus: You can build your own vegan doughnut. We’re always in search of vegan treats and Poqet Donuts does it right.
Even though we are in SoCal and the Seasons aren’t as definite in climate or foliage, you can certainly get your Fall vibes with a pumpkin latte and doughnut. What are your Fall rituals? Do you get your favorite sweaters ready? Buy pumpkin treats? Have you tried their pumpkin donuts? Share with us in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!
-MaryAnne & Saranya
17655 Harvard Ave. Suite B
Irvine, CA 92614
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