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DINING

Desert Donuts

Steve Wolff can bring the sweets, whether it’s boba, donuts or ice cream By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Steve Wolff knows how to promote a business. Shortly after taking ownership of Desert Donuts, he dressed as a donut and stood on the corner encouraging folks to try his sweets—in the 101-degree heat. Now he’s promising that guests will have their best donut at Desert Donuts. “We make the donuts for you fresh on a machine,” Wolff says. “You or I can dip the donuts, according to how the customer wants it. About 98% of the customers will say that’s the best donut they’ve ever had. There’s nothing like a hot, fresh donut.” After 18 years in the trucking business, Wolff decided to hang up his keys. He could have gone in many directions, but he chose the gooey goodness of donuts. Desert Donuts, at 3134 W. Carefree Highway, Suite A10, Anthem, has been a hit since Wolff purchased the coffee and sweets shop, which now has boba tea, ice cream and gelato. Created in Taiwan in the

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1980s, boba tea has “pearls,” chewy tapioca balls, in different flavors. Wolff offers samples to those who are a little unsure of boba. “You have your base teas—black, green, Thai, jasmine—and then it’s like making a bar cocktail,” he says. “I add a flavor shot, like mango or passion fruit. “It’s just a refreshing fruit drink with caffeine. The bursting boba has fruit juices. They break and add flavor to the shot of liquid you’re getting. It’s hard to try to explain sometimes, but they’re big among teenagers. If one teenager puts it on Instagram, then two more come in the next day to see what the heck that was all about.” Wolff uses only the best ingredients as well. He eschews fructose for brown sugar. Among the donuts’ various flavors, the Bacon Blast is a favorite, with its cinnamon sugar bottom and bacon bits. He enjoys the apple pie—with cinnamon sugar, apple fill-

ing and caramel drizzle. “Some people say the Bacon Blast is like a warm pancake,” Wolff says. “I’ve given them out to people who say it’s going to be awful, or people who have never tried a donut. Usually, I see them a couple days later—after they’ve given us a try. We have that good of a draw. “I get complaints, too, about the $2 per donut price. I give discounts, though, for people who want just plain or cinnamon sugar. But they can have as many toppings as they want on it.”

Desert Donuts

3134 W. Carefree Highway, Suite A10, Anthem 623-582-0281, desertdonuts.com Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

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