Soft, fluffy, delish donuts

We, Filipinos, love donuts. Through the years, this item of American incursion has become a Pinoy comfort food. This round, soft, fluffy and delicious piece of fried dough with sweet, glazed topping or luscious filling has such a feel-good effect on us that we welcome new donut brands, whether foreign or local, with open arms.

No welcome, however, has been warmer and more heartfelt than the highly anticipated opening of the first Philippine store of Randy’s Donuts at Uptown Parade, Bonifacio Global City (BGC). The first month of operations was met with never-ending queues that literally wiped out the store’s daily production and forced them to close for about a month to replenish stocks from the United States before reopening. Then a second store opened to an equally warm welcome at S’Maison.

Donut lovers have been waiting for Randy’s Donuts to open in the Philippines since word got around that the Bistro Group was bringing in the brand, and in April 2022, it finally did. Randy’s Donuts owes its celebrity status to the fact that its Inglewood store in Los Angeles, California, iconic for its giant rooftop donut, has appeared in quite a number of movies, including The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Get Shorty, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Masked Rider, Entourage, The Golden Child, and Runaways. It was also seen in TV shows and music videos.

Randy’s Donuts’ claim to fame, however, goes way beyond that. Founded 70 years ago and having grown exponentially over the years, Randy’s Donuts is known for its soft, fluffy and delicious donuts that are definitely larger than the regular donuts that we know. Its donuts are soft and airy, so when you bite into it, you get a really nice mouthfeel. No need to slice into it, actually, because tearing it reveals that lovely pillow-y interior inside that perfectly golden fried exterior. It also comes in a wide range of flavors, both in traditional ring shapes with crazy fun and delicious glazes and toppings and in rounds with generous fillings inside. There are just so many flavors to choose from, a lot of them unique to the brand, thus making it difficult to pick just one or two.

Fruity Pebbles Raised Donut.

Classic donuts (P105 per piece) already offer 15 choices: Glazed Raised, Chocolate Raised, Sugar Raised, Maple Raised, Devil’s Food Cake, Plain Cake, Cinnamon Crumb Cake, Chocolate Iced Cake, Vanilla Iced Cake, Maple Iced Cake, Cherry Iced Cake, Pink Sprinkles Iced Cake, Sprinkles Iced Cake, Wheat and Honey Cake and Powdered Sugar Cake.

Deluxe Donuts (P120), some of which take on different shapes, come in 16 flavors: Pink Raised with Sprinkles, Glazed Twist, Chocolate Twist, Plain Buttermilk, Glazed Buttermilk, Chocolate Buttermilk, Chocolate Long John, Maple Long John, Glazed Old-fashioned, Chocolate Old-fashioned, Lemon Glazed Old-fashioned, Blueberry Cake, Blueberry Cake Icing, Chocolate Iced Cruller, Maple Iced Cruller and Vanilla Iced Cruller.

There are 11 Fancy Donuts (P120) to choose from: Apple Fritter, Cinnamon Roll, Bear Claw, Maple Long John with Cream, Chocolate Long John with Cream, Coconut Raised, Butter Crumb Raised, Roasted Coconut Raised, Lemon Jelly Filled, Strawberry Jelly Filled and Raspberry Jelly Filled.

Strawberry jelly filled donut.

And if your taste is even fancier, the Premium Donuts (P120) should take care of your craving: Matcha Tea Raised, Funfetti Cake with Ganache, Red Velvet Cake with Ganache, Fruity Pebbles Raised, Froot Loops Raised, S’mores Raised, Texas Glazed, Nutella Raised, M&M Raised, Oreo Raised, Bacon Maple Long John, Maple Raised with Churros and Coffee Raised.

And, oh, if you’re wondering who Randy is, this is the story: Doughnut machine salesman Russell Wendell founded a chain of drive-in donut shops named Big Donut in the 1940s, with the first location opening in Westmont in 1951. A year later, the second location, with the huge rooftop donut design, opened in Inglewood. In 1976, Wendell sold the Big Donut Inglewood store to Robert Eskow, who renamed it Randy’s Donuts after his son. When Eskow sold the shop to Ron and Larry Weintraub in 1978, the new owners decided to retain the name. In 2015, lawyer and entrepreneur Mark Kelegian bought Randy’s Donut from the Weintraubs, and he, too, decided to keep the name.

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