We Ranked 3 Flavors of Deux’s Vegan, Gluten-Free Donut Holes — and There Was a Clear Winner

published Apr 2, 2024
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What We Tested: In this installment of The Test Kitchn, we tested out some of the vegan, gluten-free donut holes from Deux. The donut holes are made with “clean ingredients” like zinc, elderberry, and aloe vera; have no preservatives; and are free from artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. In addition to donut holes, Deux sells cookie dough, dessert spreads, and merch. They also have several free gifts that you can tack onto your order with unique promo codes. Deux products are available both online and in-store — just use the store locator function on the site to find the location nearest you. 

Meet Our Testers:

This week, we have Morgan Pryor, commerce editorial assistant; Chanel Fetaz, director of product design and UX; Nikol Slatinksa, shopping writer; and Alicia Kort, deputy commerce editor. None of our testers are vegan or gluten-free, either, so we won’t be pulling our punches. 

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The Test

Deux Donuts: These “donuts,” as they’re called (they’re actually donut holes, which is also kind of a misnomer in itself, but we won’t get into that), come in four flavors: Glazed, Chocolate Glaze, Not-So-Red Velvet, and Cinnamon Sugar, which is a collab with Chamberlain Coffee, a brand our editors love. Not-So-Red Velvet was out of stock when we tested, so we weren’t able to get our hands on a sample, but if they’re anything like the others, they’re sure to be … actually, never mind — no spoilers! 

How We Tested: Since the donuts come in easy-to-open, resealable packages, there was virtually no prep to be done on the day of the test. I just set them out in a few bowls and called in the testers. Our testers sampled them all, and I urged everyone to really be discerning in their ratings and rankings. In the end we reached a clear consensus on the favorite. 

The Verdict:  

Glazed Donuts: Our testers thought the Glazed donuts were a touch dry, but not too bad! “I liked this one the most even though it was the crumbliest,” Nikol explained. “It tasted pretty close to a real glazed donut.” Morgan and Chanel liked that it wasn’t overwhelmingly rich or too overpoweringly sweet. 

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Chocolate Glazed Donuts: Chocolate was a bigger hit with our testers. “I really liked the glaze, and it was definitely more brownie- or cake-like,” Morgan noted. Nikol agreed, saying that “the chocolate flavor was good, and it also wasn’t as crumbly as the first one.” Alicia was a big fan of the chocolate flavor as well. “The chocolate flavor was my favorite,” she explained. “I could see myself snacking on these — I was shocked to see that they have less sugar than the Greek yogurt I have for breakfast, so I was surprised that for a gluten-free, low-sugar, and vegan snack, it could taste so good.”

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Cinnamon Sugar Donuts: The favorite by a nose were the Cinnamon Sugar donuts. Alicia said that these tasted more like a donut hole than the regular flavor, and Chanel loved them too, explaining that they had a strong cinnamon flavor, which she really enjoyed. “Most times when things are described as cinnamon, it’s more faint,” she said. Morgan agreed, explaining that “it had a more intense flavor, but it wasn’t too overpowering — I think I could snack on them without getting sick of the flavor.”

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Good to Know: Since they’re made with less sugar and are vegan and gluten-free, don’t expect these to taste exactly the same as Munchkins from Dunkin’ — that being said, these are a nice alternative that are accessible for more people and a delicious treat for everyone.