Aji WOW: Cointreau creme brulee donut
Aji WOW is my series of unusual Japanese food/drink reviews. 'Aji' (味) means 'flavour', and the name's also a pun on 'ajiwau' (味わう) - 'to enjoy the taste of'.
This time: a Cointreau creme brulee donut from Camden's Blue Star.
(Please don't make me put all the accents over the vowels in...)
Blue Star Donuts is known as Camden's Blue Star Donuts here in Japan. I'm not sure why. If anything, it's more difficult to say and takes longer to type into a phone.
On the English language website, Blue Star claims their donut selection changes seasonally. There's no such ambiguity on the Japanese site - it has a menu section with a slideshow of sweets. And you can pick up a paper menu when you visit a shop.
So it seems like I can order the Cointreau creme brulee whenever I like. Just to be on the safe side, I thought I'd eat one and tell you about it.
Okay, a minor fib. I didn't know I was in for this boozy delight until I checked the selection. I knew I wanted a donut, but not which one. This time around, I passed over Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Raspberry Pistachio, Apple Fritter and several others. None of them have alcohol in them, y'see. This makes the Cointreau option a bit special.
Yep, that's a pipette stuck in the middle of my donut.
It's for squeezing the Cointreau in. I note that the pipette is smaller than you get in other global branches of Blue Star. I didn't even have to show ID for it. Chances of getting drunk off this donut: nil.
Take that down into the minus numbers if you're as clumsy as me. No sooner had I injected my donut than the precious liqueur drained straight out... into my lap. Whoops. While I can't say much for how the orange flavour mixes in, I can confirm that Cointreau is extremely sticky. There may be a follow-up post on the effectiveness of Japanese laundry detergent.
Alcoholic or not, this is a seriously good donut. The crunchy creme brulee finish is delicious, aking to biting into a toffee apple. The middle is packed with vanilla custard - thanks for not being stingy with the filling, Blue Star. It's a nice balance of flavours.
Verdict: 9/10. Let down by liquid. If I can get hold of one of these again, I'd eat it. After taking the pipette out and downing the Cointreau in one, of course.