Saturday, February 28, 2015

Djonuts needs you!

UPDATE: Djonuts have stopped selling doughnuts at Capes Kafé and will resume selling at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market through the remainder of the season. No word on plans for next year's Market.

Since I last wrote about Joe Formaro's Djonuts [see blog post], the word of these baked-from-scratch baked and hand-dipped doughnuts, sold exclusively at Capes Kafé, has spread far and wide, with write-ups in the local rag, appearances on local television, and a fundraising party at the Des Moines Social Club. Joe has also introduced two new lines of Djonuts – unfrosted Buck Nakeds and Never Nudes with a simple drizzle of frosting – all the while working on new creations.

Joe making Butterfinger Bacon Djonuts for the fundraiser party: A butter-glazed Butterfinger doughnut, with Butterfinger frosting and topped with candied bacon.

Red Velvet and PB&J Never Nudes, and a Chocolate Buck Naked.

The party raised approximately $2,500. Shortly thereafter, Djonuts launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a further $10,000 with a plethora of incentives for backers, including complementary Djonuts, swag and coffee from Capes Kafé, gluten free Djonuts for backers with gluten intolerance, a box of Djonuts shipped free to out-of-town backers, the opportunity to create a Djonut with Joe, and the ultimate prize for the ultimate backer – a Djonut a day for a year.

Joe Formaro, above center, flanked by his creations.

With eleven days to go on the Kickstarter campaign, the fundraiser is still $7,000 shy of the $10,000 goal. With just Joe baking solo all night long, with few baking pans, one oven, and little other equipment, there's little room for expansion without funds for more baking pans, drying racks, mixers, mixing and frosting bowls, spatulas, rent, and a paid baking assistant. Please pitch in and thanks.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cranberry, Oatmeal Cookie Butter, Peanut Butter Cup, Blueberry Greek Yogurt.

Almond Almond Joy Joy, Dirty Chai, Honeybun, Lemon Poppyseed.

Caramel Latte, Peanut Butter Never Nude, French Vanilla, Peanut Butterfinger Cup.

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