10 of the best decadent doughnuts, put to the test by the Telegraph Magazine team

10 of the best decadent doughnuts, tried and tasted by Telegraph Magazine 
Buying a box of doughnuts for 
the office is a tradition, so we’ve challenged members of our very own magazine team to test the best Credit: Lightbox Photography 

‘If you want to understand human nature at work, start with a doughnut,’ writes the New York author Rodd Wagner. For, despite knowing full well their sky-high sugar, fat and calorie content, most of us, he claims, find them hard to resist.

It’s true: a few years ago, they were the fastest-growing snack item bought on 
the go in this country, and with ever more extravagant flavours and decorations (thanks to the influence of specialist producers like Krispy Kreme and Crosstown), who’s got the willpower to turn them down?

Buying a 12-strong box for 
the office is a tradition 
in many a workplace, and this week we’ve challenged members of our very own magazine team to test the best.

All in a day’s work...

Our expert tasters: Telegraph Magazine team 

 Sainsbury’s Chocolate Striped

£1.50 for four

"I love the zebra print and 
the inside is very chocolatey. No messing around" – Laura

“Definitely have the best looking icing, but they’re a bit too dry and sweet” – Alex

“This would be great for kids” – Marianne

Greggs Pink Jammie

£1 each, available in store 

"Milkshake-pink with sloppy icing, it reminds me of the doughnuts I’d get as a kid" – Vicky

“This has nice shiny icing but it tastes like an iced bun, not a doughnut” –Alex

“I’m a Greggs girl but the dough here is quite dense and dry” – Laura

Waitrose Chocolate Praline

£1.25 each

"Made with brioche-like dough, but dry as a bone" – Philip

“Indulgent with plenty of chocolate crisps on it” – Alex

“Plenty of tempting chocolate. A little too sweet for me” –Vicky ​

From top left: Krispy Kreme Strawberries and Kreme; Lidl Iced Ring; Marks & Spencer Classic Jam;  Sainsbury’s Chocolate Striped Credit: Lightbox Photography 

Crosstown Camomile, Pear & Lemon Olive Oil

£4.50 each

"This very grown-up. The fruit filling is generous and tastes good – almost like 
a Nordic pastry"– Alex

“An apple pie masquerading as a doughnut” – Caroline

​“This has a lovely flavour combination” – Krissy​

Krispy Kreme Strawberries and Kreme

£1.90 each

"A substantial-looking, properly moist doughnut, but it’s way too sweet" – Vicky

“Almost a toffee-like sweetness to this” – Philip

“It looks gourmet and has a nice wet texture, but I prefer it plain!” – Krissy   

Tesco White Iced

£1.20 for four

"My son would die and go to heaven at the sight of this. If he ate it, though, I think he’d agree that it’s utterly flavourless" – Kate

Lidl Iced Ring

29p each

"This tastes like 
penny sweets and has 
my teeth on edge" – Laura

BRONZE: Asda Extra Special Raspberry & White Chocolate

£1.50 for two

"Heavy, with a generous topping. Could be a dessert, not a snack" – Caroline

“It’s pretty tasty and I like the design!” – Krissy  

“One for my sugar loving friends!” – Vicky   

SILVER: Co-op Sugared Ring

80p for five, available in store 

"I love these! They taste 
like the doughnuts that 
are sold at the seaside" –Krissy

GOLD: Marks & Spencer Classic Jam

40p each, available in store 

"Looks like the ideal traditional doughnut; 
frankly, it’s perfect"– Marianne

“Good old M&S, this tastes like a proper doughnut! Lush jam, too” – Laura 

“That is delicious. It actually tastes like a jam doughnut!” – Kate