Firecakes v. Beavers: An ice cream–doughnut dessert throwdown
Stephanie Izard is back. Chicago food will (hopefully) never be the same.
Sat Aug 7 2010
While some Chicago doughnut spots are busy replicating the cronut, others are putting their own spin on the fried treat by adding ice cream. Beavers Coffee + Donuts is whirring doughnuts into a milkshake, while Firecakes is turning its glazed doughnut into an ice cream sandwich. We ate both this morning to determine which dessert was more successful.
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Beavers Coffee + Donuts’ Turtle Milkshake, $5
What’s in it Plain mini-doughnuts, caramel, chocolate, milk and vanilla ice cream. That’s all blended into a shake and poured into a cup lined with more chocolate and caramel, and topped with whipped cream, pecans, yet more chocolate and caramel, and a plain mini-doughnut. There are six flavors, including cinnamon sugar, Reese’s and PB&J.
Doughnut or ice cream? This is definitely an ice cream treat—there are small bits of doughnut in the milkshake, and if it wasn’t topped with a doughnut, you wouldn’t necessarily know it’s a doughnut in there and not cake.
How does it taste? It’s not as sweet as we were expecting, but this is still a serious dessert. There’s a lot in there, so it’s heavy and rich. Vanilla is the predominant flavor, which is a surprise given how much chocolate and caramel is used.
Mess-factor Unless you like to take the top off and eat the whipped cream with a straw (guilty), this is pretty mess-free.
Did we finish it? No. Two thirds were more than enough.