Does anyone else hear the Beastie Boys in their head every time they think of Dutch Monkey Doughnuts? No? It's just me? Substitute the word Dutch for the word brass and then just start humming along. Then again, maybe not, this is a family friendly place.
The Lemon Meringue Pie doughnut is one of my favorites, although you can't go wrong with anything that is filled with one of Arpana's heavenly citrus curds. My personal favorite doughnut out of all the flavors that I have tried is the Passionfruit Bismarck, if they have it in when you go, you are in for a real treat.
Not that you would be disappointed by any of their confections, from the classics like the First Anniversary Dutch Monkey, a dulce de leche filled bismarck topped with freshly sliced bananas and rich Callebaut chocolate icing, to the flavors that change daily like last June's sour cream bars topped with sour cherry compote, made with cherries handpicked by Arpana from her father-in-law's trees in Roswell. You can't get more seasonal or local than that.
If you come on a Saturday or Sunday, chances are this hallway will be packed with little kids, faces pressed against the glass, watching the magic happen within.
I have to admit, I can't stop myself from taking a quick look every time I stop in, there's always something interesting going on, like the time they were wrapping the bacon around the dough for the buttered maple bacon doughnuts.
They also craft some excellent beverages to wash down all those doughnuts, from the Maple Spice Latte to the Gingerbread Steamer. Hopefully, we will see a return of the Gingerberry Lemonade with the warmer weather. A refreshing blend of fresh ginger, lemons and raspberries, it makes your mouth zing!
If regular coffee or espresso are your thing, they've got you covered.
Then there is the Dutch Monkey hot chocolate - think giant cubes of ganache on a stick that get melted when covered in steamed milk. With or without homemade marshmallows or whipped cream, the choice is yours, but you might as well go all the way.
If hot beverages aren't your thing, they do stock a variety of sodas and also do a great iced tea.
Now that I have you craving fried dough, head out to Cumming and tell them I sent you. You won't be disappointed.
They are located next to the Burger King, across from the Avenues at Forsyth at:
3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd
Cumming, GA, 30041
They are closed Monday to recuperate from their 2:30AM wake-up call the other 6 days of the week.