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21 Catt. 3: In re Mama’s Donut Bites

2013 June 19
by CATTLEYA, J.

Opinion of JUSTICE CATTLEYA, in chambers.

Because I could not stop myself any longer, I granted cartiorari to the red velvet donut bites from Mama’s Donut Bites (“MDB”).  I first discovered MDB a couple of months ago when the pink-colored truck lured me in to try the signature apple cider donut bites. See In re Mama’s Donut Bites, 18 Catt. 1 (2013). I was very pleased with the hot, fresh, worth-every-calorie donuts and since then have been looking forward to the chance to try another flavor. That chance finally came.

Mama's Donut Bites

Mama’s Donut Bites

 STREET FOOD

Before I can review the red velvet donut bites, I must pause to say that donuts are true street food. Mama’s Donut Bites, 18 Catt. 1; see also In re Eat Wonky, 2 Catt. 5 (2011) (defining street food as “the kind[] . . . that can be cooked in front of you and [is] meant to be eaten with your hands, without forks, while standing up”). In accordance with donuts’ status as street food, MDB’s donut bites are entitled to the presumption that they are suitable for curbside service and I must affirm absent a significant flaw. See In re Big Cheese, 6 Catt. 2 (2012).

Red Velvet Donut Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Donut Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting

RED VELVET DONUT BITES

Shortly after my first visit to MDB, MDB began to hit the road in the mornings to serve during breakfast hours. On a recent morning, as soon as I walked into my chambers, my law clerk informed me that MDB was serving red velvet donut bites and I was quickly out the door.

Not long after, I held in my hands a bag of six red velvet donut bites for $3. (Had I remembered to invite my law clerk, I would have opted for a dozen donuts for $5.) MDB’s red velvet donut bites come in two ways: tossed in powdered sugar or served with a small plastic container of cream cheese frosting. I chose the cream cheese frosting.

The made-to-order donuts were hot when I received them. The freshly fried donuts had a thin, crisp outer layer, while the inside was airy and moist. It was a textural symphony. Although the red velvet donut did not have a strong enough kick of rich-tasting cocoa powder for my liking, the donut nevertheless was enjoyable, especially when dipped into the cream cheese frosting. The frosting achieved a delightful balance of tangy and sweet. When the donuts ran out, I unabashedly stuck my finger into the container to savor the remaining frosting. Not even five minutes after getting the donut bites, they were gone.

A note about the price: $3 for six donut bites may seem steep, especially if you consider that you can get a donut from Dunkin’ Donuts for around $1. But it seems more appropriate to compare MDB’s donuts to other freshly made mobile treats, like cupcakes. In that light, MDB’s donuts are comparably priced. For example, Sweetbites and Curbside Cupcakes charge the same amount ($3) for one cupcake. What’s more, MDB’s six donut bites probably beat most single cupcakes in terms of total size, so perhaps MDB is even a better deal.

CONCLUSION

MDB’s red velvet donuts bites were not the best rendition of a red velvet recipe (they could have used more cocoa powder to add richness), but they were good enough and their accompanying cream cheese frosting was excellent. The experience was satisfying enough to guarantee a future return to try another flavor, like the blueberry donut bites. My biggest gripe (though it’s probably best for my ever-growing waistline) is that MDB focuses on one flavor each day, preventing me from gluttonously trying every flavor at once.

AFFIRMED. It is so ordered.

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