I’ve had numerous people tell me about Peterson’s Donut Corner up in Escondido, CA. I knew they had giant donuts, they were really, good, and all that jazz. But Escondido was kinda far…
Around Christmas last year Jake and I made a special trip up to Escondido just to score some donuts. But that mission was a FAIL when we saw that they were closed for two weeks for a Christmas break. Just my luck, to try and visit a normally 24 hour operation during the two weeks of the year they were actually closed. Oy.
Fast forward to this summer a couple of weeks ago after our scary freakin river tubing adventure. I felt that I needed some kind of reward for being brave enough to get into the river, even though I freaked out and had to get out the river ASAP and walked the rest of the way. I convinced Jake we needed to stop here, and since it was technically on the way home, we stopped in.
Peterson’s is one of those “cash only” places so we ended up only getting a few donuts since I didn’t have cash that day (Jake saves the day and trip). Above, a peek at their menu and prices. A regular cake donut will run you .95 cents, but it’s bigger than the donuts you’d get at other places! It’s like two donuts in one.
They have these amusing hand chairs on their patio.
Here’s a little peek in their windows. Don’t mind the glare.
Damn, you can’t even see the middle where the hole is since that thing is totally covered in frosting, yo.
Giant twist donuts. Probably as long as my whole head.
Here are the three donuts we got. Notice that there’s only three donuts in this big old box… and yet, there’s not a lot of room left in that box…
Let’s close in on the maple bar. This is actually a vanilla “kreme” filled bar with like, an inch of maple frosting on top.
We shared this single donut between four people (plus one bite with my mom). This thing was HUGE. The cream filling was delicious – fairly akin to a pastry cream. The maple frosting on top tasted like a buttercream, maple flavored frosting. It was thick layered on top, frosted like you would a cake. The frosting wasn’t overly sweet and had a nice light maple flavor. The donut itself was fluffy and airy – just really good all around.
I didn’t see any other French Crullers in the window. This one was actually off in a side window and I happened to spot it when looking at all their donuts. I’ve never had a cruller with whipped cream in the middle and on top. The whipped cream was very fresh and just another bit of airiness to the donut. This donut tasted a little bit on the stale side, but it was still good. While the whipped cream was good, I didn’t think it really added that much.
The last donut we got was Jake-requested. It’s a maple covered buttermilk bar! I know, it just kind of looks like a blob of … something here in this photo. I should have taken an “inside” photo to show how large this sucker was.
This one turned out to be our least favorite because the buttermilk bar was pretty dense and dry in the middle. The thing I like about buttermilk bars is that they have all these crunchy bits (on the original glazed, at least) and you can break them off. The glaze soaks in and keeps the bar moist. This one is so big that the frosting really only covers the top, while the rest of it turns into this dry, boring, unglazed part of the donuts. The maple here is a glaze instead of a frosting since it’s hardened and covers up the whole donut. It’s a sight to behold a donut this large, but sadly the flavor wasn’t there for this one.
I’d like to try some of their regular cake donuts in the future – and maybe grab one of those twist donuts! And of course, more
cream kreme filled bars are certainly in order.
Peterson’s Donut Corner
903 S Escondido Blvd
Escondido, CA 92025