Fellas, let's get real: Yes, ladies love chocolate and yes, as Valentine's Day gifts go, it's definitely not the worst — ill-fitting lingerie wins that title. But when it comes to lovey-dovey Hallmark holidays, no one's in the market for a gift that makes her say, "Why thank you, this is very acceptable." What you're looking for is something that makes her squeal "Aww!" louder than a box full of Siberian husky puppies.
That's where Jarams' Valentine's Day doughnut menu comes in. This totally inconspicuous North Dallas spot creates some of the cutest, most curious doughnut creations you'll find in DFW — and unlike its hipster-branded contemporaries, this 4-year-old spot is off most people's radar. That all may change when the public gets wind of these delicious, adorable Valentine treats.
From now until February 14, Jarams' little storefront will be filled with love in the form of heart-shaped crème brûlée doughnuts, croissant doughnuts topped with hibiscus frosting and white chocolate-dipped cherries, and even doughnuts made from funnel cake dough and topped with brown cookie butter and pretzels. Jarams has more than a dozen different Valentine's Day-themed doughnuts on deck, and they're all irresistibly delicious without being over-the-top sweet. "You don't want to go overboard or get too sugary," owner Blair Ji says. "We want something that looks delicious and romantic at the same time."
Mission accomplished, Jarams. Ranging in price from $3.39 to $4.99 each, these are a little pricier than a greasy bag full of doughnut holes, but come on — will you just look at these things? It's like Pinterest exploded all over this little strip mall doughnut shop. What's fun is that Jarams doesn't just play with toppings, they play with the dough itself. The croissant doughnut (aka Cronut, which is now a trademarked term) may have been the food trend of 2013, but in 2016, it still makes for one seriously light, flaky, delicious confection. And why has it taken so long for the world to have doughnuts made with funnel cake dough? It brings a delightful crunch to the doughnut equation. Don't even get me started on Jarams' crème brûlée-glazed doughnut — I didn't even know a doughnut could taste that decadent without sending me into a sugar coma.
If you're a fan of Jarams' best-sellers like the croissant doughnut topped with Nutella and strawberries, fear not: Their heart-shaped contemporaries will be available until Valentine's Day, with a larger selection available on Saturdays and Sundays. Halloween and National Doughnut Day used to be Jarams' biggest holidays, but Valentine's Day is hot on their tails. Even broke beaus can get in on the action with Jarams' 89-cent heart-shaped croissant doughnut holes. As an added bonus, you've gotta drive to North Dallas to snag these romantic treats — we all know nothing gets the ladies revved up quite like going the extra mile.
Jarams Donuts, 17459 Preston Road, 972-248-7474
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