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Tasty 13: Phoenix-area grocer announces finalists in doughnut contest

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PHOENIX — Over 400 ideas were submitted and the top 13 finalists in the Bashas’ “Donut Flavor Craze Contest” were announced Monday.

Earlier this month, Bashas’ created a contest for kids ages 8-18 to submit a 100-word description of their idea for a new doughnut flavor. The submissions included a name, ingredients and an explanation as to why they think their doughnut is the king of them all.

The top 13 finalists ranged from ages 7 to 13.

These submissions are so sweet you’ll get a toothache just from reading all of them.

In no particular order, here are the 13 finalists:

  • Cupcake Donut: A doughnut on the outside with a cupcake on the inside.
  • Churro Donut: A churro baked into a doughnut, covered with glaze, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Karamello Krunch: A doughnut filled with crunchy almonds and pecans, topped with caramel and chocolate syrup.
  • Bananas Foster Fritter: Similar to an apple fritter, this doughnut contains sliced bananas and banana putting on the inside while the bumpy exterior is enveloped in a glistening caramel. Beneath the coating is orange zest, cinnamon, dark brown sugar and a little ground nutmeg sprinkled around the doughnut.
  • Smorealicious: A chocolate doughnut with marshmallow frosting and graham cracker crumbles.
  • Salted Caramel & Pretzel Craze: Chocolate cake doughnut smothered in caramel frosting topped with caramel drizzle and dusted in salted pretzel bites.
  • Caramel Apple: Caramel-flavored frosting on top with little pieces of apple baked into the doughnut.
  • Red Rose Blueberry Donut:  Raspberry, Strawberry and blueberry filling with blueberry frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
  • Lemon Raspberry Delight: An original doughnut filled with raspberry cream and topped with lemon glaze and sprinkled with crushed graham crackers.
  • Malt Shoppe Delight: A vanilla raised doughnut with chocolate malt filling and chocolate icing topped with crushed malt balls.
  • Zombie Donut: A glazed, green frosted doughnut with red gummy worms coming out of it.
  • Half-Baked Cookie: Regular doughnut dough filled with half-baked chocolate chip dough batter and a melted chocolate swirl.
  • Brownie Batter Donut: A doughnut with a brownie inside and chocolate frosting on top.

To vote for your favorite creation, go to Bashas’ Facebook page.

The winner will be announced on May 31.

The winner will receive a $100 Bashas’ gift card and a free dozen doughnuts each month for one year. Their brainchild of fried goodness will also become the 60th doughnut in the store’s lineup.

The runner-up will receive a $75 gift card and third place will get a $50 gift card.

All of the finalists will get a $25 gift card and a free dozen doughnuts.

The winning work of art will be on Bashas’ bakery shelves for the month of June and will be available for special order after that.

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