It’s true that I roll into Dunkin Donuts several times a week, but it is also true that I respect myself to not get a donut while I’m there (most of the time). Honestly, there is nothing wrong with them other than just not being right. For me, every food choice is a cost/ benefit analysis of calories versus deliciousness. The round ones at Dunkin just cannot hang.
If I am swinging down to the Arrogant Bean coffee shop than I am sure to make my way to Freedom Farms Donuts. These guys and gals do it right by creating a wonderfully simplistic donut. I am told they have a wide range of specialty circles, but I can never seem to get there early enough to partake. What I’m left with are classic donuts with a unique variation in texture. The donuts are never uniform. They are a bit crispy on the outside with a soft inner. So good, but there is competition.
I’ve got four words for you. They are words that I base my life around. Peace. Love. Little Donuts. Alone these words are impactful, and when you put them together, it’s magic.
Peace, Love and Little Donuts is a pseudo-chain with shops around the Pittsburgh area. There is an outlier shop in Naples, Fl which I have been to numerous times on a wintertime getaway down south. It’s always delicious, but humid ocean air and donuts is a tricky combination to overcome.
At the Grove City, PA location of Peace, Love and Little Donuts, they get everything right. Cool old building that naturally attracts the eyes? Check. The smell of fried heaven wafting up your nostrils? Check. A trail of drool guiding your way like Hansel and Gretel’s breadcrumbs? Che … Well, I didn’t actually see it. It must’ve evaporated. I’m sure it was there.
Stepping inside can be a bit overwhelming as you are instantly confronted with too many intriguing, surely-delicious flavors to choose from. The key is to not overthink. If you get stuck looking for the best option, you will think yourself into a corner. There is no best option because they are all good. Even better, since they’re little, get a bunch, sample, and share. Just start at the right and work your way towards the register.
I went with the Fruity Pebbles, mocha latte, cinnamon roll, coconut cream, and two birthday cakes.
They are all amazing, as you can see. The standout was the Fruity Pebbles. The childhood favorite that harkens back to memories of the Flintstones and pink milk that was the perfect accompaniment to a Saturday morning was an outstanding choice for a donut. The astonishing thing was the Peebles were so fresh and crisp atop the donut. A task that could never be accomplished in the Gulf Coast Florida location.
Each of these three-bite wonders impressed. From the first taste at noon until the final nibble at 11 pm. Peace, Love and Little Donuts excels by standing out from the pack with size and creativity. They know what they are doing, and they are doing it right. The cost/ benefit ratio is in my favor.
Consume.Review.Repeat gives Peace, Love and Little Donuts (Grove City location) 9.2 Pebbles out of 10.