Vincent Van Doughnut – Clayton, MO – Calorie Counters Beware!

With the TV all a buzz about the latest workout and health trends, you can rely on one thing:  it doesn’t have a place in my blog.  I may choose to work out and watch calories occasionally, but I’m going to enjoy life and all the tasty food possible.  I’m not going to do it locked away in my house where no one can see.  I’m going to eat high calorie, fattening food, and share it with you.  Treat yourself once in a while!

Now that I have that off of my chest, I’m going to tell you about treating myself to some doughnuts at Vincent Van Doughnut.  This is not my first time enjoying their doughnuts, I had a few from their food truck a while back.  However, I was long overdue for visit to their storefront in one of my favorite parts of town, Clayton.

The shop is super cute and when you walk in you see a great display of the main attraction, doughnuts!  Luckily I brought along a couple helpers so I could try a few; these bad boys are large!

First up, the chocolate salted caramel.  IMG_0999

This is one of their yeast raised donuts.  It’s a chocolate glazed doughnut with caramel and sea salt.  Chocolate and caramel are two of my favorite things so this was a must have. It did not disappoint.

For those that really don’t care about calories, how about the chocolate covered chocolate cake?  I think they should call it C4 because it’s a sugar bomb that will rock your world.  If you prefer subtlety, this won’t be for you.  CAUTION:  If you feed this to a four year old, be prepared for the sugar rush that comes with it.

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Lastly, my favorite of the day and back to the yeast raised doughnuts for the blueberry cheesecake.  
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This was the most balanced of those that I had.  I liked the sweet treat in the middle.  It made it worth the effort to consume the whole thing.

Vincent Van Doughnut is another great addition to the restaurant scene in Clayton.  They have a great selection of unique doughnuts.  If I were to wish for one thing, it would be to be there when they were freshly made.  Sometimes I get that craving for a fresh warm doughnut.  For me, their blueberry cheesecake is a new favorite.  So St. Louis, what’s your favorite doughnut shop?  Vincent Van Doughnut, Strange Donuts, World’s Fair?  What a great topic to debate and I look forward to some recommendations for the next time my sweet tooth dominates my breakfast routine.

Dive 2 Five Scale – 3.  Very family friendly place.  Most people grab their doughnuts and go.  There are a few tables and the staff was very accommodating while we were there.

Sweet Divine, St. Louis, MO – Oh Sweet Cupcake of Mine!

In case you are unaware, there is a Cupcake War taking place across our country.  A strategic battle was recently won by St. Louis’ own, the Sweet Divine.  At a recent food truck event, I finally sampled one of their cupcakes.  Ok, maybe I lied…I bought more than one 😀

This post is specifically about the salted caramel.  Look at this beauty (BEWARE:  you may have the urge to lick the screen):

Brown sugar cupcake topped with salted caramel buttercream, caramel drizzle, and sea salt

Let’s dissect it.  The brown sugar cake was moist and made a solid foundation.  The icing…are you freaking kidding me?  It was so decadent!  Just the way a dessert should be.  I’m pretty sure it contained the calories of 10 normal cupcakes crammed into one.  It was smooth but had some crunch for texture.  Last but not least, it had caramel sauce drizzled over the top.  Who doesn’t like caramel?  It added just the right amount of sweetness.  This cupcake top-to-bottom is one of my new favorites.

Dive 2 Five Scale:  Food trucks for me are a 2.  You have to look for places to sit, it’s on the move, etc.  However, this should not deter you one bit.  If you don’t want to chase down the truck itself, go check out their storefront at 4521 S Kingshighway.  Personally, I enjoy trying them a food truck event at a place like Creve Coeur Lake.  Then I can make an evening out of sampling food and enjoying the outdoors.

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