Being the sweet tooth that I am, and seeing as how I’m deprived of them in my homeland, I’m always on the lookout for doughnuts. During my Tokyo visit, I got to taste doughnuts from three different places: Floresta, Krispy Kreme and Mister Donut. To my enjoyment two of them offered special Halloween doughnuts!
First we visited Krispy Kreme, right outside Shinjuku station, a few minutes walk from our Airbnb home base. The place was decorated for Halloween with many well thought of details. The display window looked very tempting with all the special doughnuts in it, making the decision very hard for us. Eventually we opted for the Halloween Three Monster box: Caramel Halloween Jack, Maple Milk Franken and Purple Potato Monster. Those three doughnuts were placed in the cutest Halloween package, complete with a purple monster and an orange coffin.
Climbing the stairs to the spacious second floor, we were greeted by a cute little Franki.
Best out of three? Maple Milk Franken for sure. Most disappointing one? The bland Purple Potato Monster.
Krispy Kreme Online:
We visited Mister Donut on our day at Koenji, a nice quiet neighborhood, not far from Shinjuku. The place is situated right out of the train station, which makes it an accessible option for a sugary morning. I must admit is doesn’t look as good as Kripy Kreme. It looks more like its poor neglected sister. Also, everything is written in Japanese, not a single word in English.
Seeing Halloween campaign around town promoting the special holiday baked goods, we had to give it a try. We chose 3 different Halloween specials:
Pon De Shu (creme-filled) doughnuts in murasaki imo (purple sweet potato) and cookies-and-cream, which are described as “fun to eat”
Pon De Shu (creme-filled) doughnuts in pumpkin and cookies-and-cream: “pumpkin cream doughnuts, a Halloween classic, and a flaky cookies-and-cream”
Misudo Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Yellow: “made with cookie dough, this doughnut has a flaky pastry and is coated in pumpkin glaze. The Jack-o-Lantern is teeming with the spirit of Halloween!”
Bottom line: The flavor as well as the overall appearance was much better at Krispy Kreme.
Mister Donut Online:
Floresta – Natural Doughnuts
The last doughnut-ry (?) we visited doesn’t resemble the first two in any aspect. We visited Floresta in Koenji. Yes, two doughnut joints in one day. Don’t look at me like that.
Floresta offer organic doughnuts and are best known for their cutesy animal shaped doughnuts.
While sitting outside the store, next to the counter, we could hear people exclaiming “Kawaii!” every few seconds from the constant line formed before the place. Floresta is located on a semi-busy street, an ideal location to sit for coffee, sweets and people-watching on a lazy afternoon.
Among their pastry fauna you can find cats, sheep, penguins, pandas, chicken and much more. You can view their regular selection of animals here. In addition they also make seasonal doughnuts.
The doughnuts are not sweet and big as those at Mister Donut or Krispy Kreme. They look really cute and the pictures will surely get you tons of likes on your favorite social media platform but don’t expect much flavor-wise. The dough was quite dry and the frosting was so-so. But I assume that’s one of the disadvantages of trying to make natural and healthy doughnuts using natural, organic ingredients with no additives or preservatives. Guess you have to use unhealthy ingredients for a truly tasty and decadent doughnut.