A new kiosk with a Dungeons & Dragons theme is now serving fried mini donuts at the Streets at Southglenn shopping area in Centennial.
Dungeons & Donuts, which opened on Aug. 30, is the brainchild of Bob Sheets, a 10-year veteran of restaurants of restaurants and other culinary ventures who sought to marry his love of nerdy activities with his passion for food.
The resulting operation is located in one of the two kiosks located in the shopping area’s Commons Park. The kiosk serves mini fried donuts that are made to order and can be purchased by the half ($4) or full ($6) dozen.
It is the unique homemade sugar toppings that will give the donuts (and the business) their Dungeons & Dragons-inspired character. The available sugars range from typical offerings like powdered and cinnamon sugar (called pixie dust at Dungeons & Donuts) to more unusual concoctions, such as the Green Dragon (Matcha green tea powder and powdered sugar) and Chromatic Dragon (a pumpkin pie spice flavor consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, among other ingredients).
More adventurous still are the spicy Black Dragon (Ghirardelli cocoa powder, chili powder, and powdered sugar) and the even spicier Red Dragon (cinnamon and chili powder with powdered sugar). Chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, strawberry and raspberry dipping sauces are also available for purchase (its $1 for up to three sauces).
Though the donuts are made using a standard frying machine, Sheets said he employs his own batter recipe which gives them an unusual flavor. That recipe makes use of Sheet’s homemade vanilla bean sugar made from Mexican vanilla beans.
“My donuts are slightly different from the standard cake donut recipe,” Sheets said. “That Mexican vanilla bean gives [them] more of a cinnamon flavor and we also put some nutmeg in which really compliments that flavor.”
Sheets started Dungeons & Donuts in 2017 with a mobile donut cart that would sell donuts at fantasy and anime events and conventions, though it eventually expanded to selling at other events. Sheets, a self-proclaimed nerd, said the business’ name was the suggestion of a friend that came about after he held a competition for “cool nerdy names.”
Sheets now plans to shelve the cart in order to focus on the kiosk, though he said he hopes to return to the cart and perhaps someday further expand the business with a donut truck.
Though the kiosk menu currently consists of only of donuts, sugars and sauces, Sheets said he may eventually look to also offer beverages. However, he said he wants to remain respectful of the neighboring O.Coffee kiosk, which sells coffee, smoothies and other beverages.
Dungeons & Donuts is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.