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Customers describe Flip Flops Donuts as the lightest, fluffiest, best-tasting pastries they ever tasted. As a result, our Flip Flops Donuts are the favorite breakfast food and snack food option for locals and the tens of thousands vacationers who visit Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast every year.
Flip Flops Donuts follows a 100 year old, original artisinal recipe using high quality, specially blended flour, pure vegetable shortening, and rich spices selected from among the world’s best.
The world of donuts is divided into two camps: cake and yeast. (You could also argue that there are two more camps: doughnut and donut.) If you don’t know the difference between the two types of fried cakes, here’s a quick primer.
Yeast doughnuts and cake doughnuts contain most of the same ingredients, however, their structural differences arise from the type of flour and leavening agent used. In cake doughnuts, cake flour is used, and the resulting doughnut is denser because cake flour has a relatively low gluten content of about 7 to 8 percent. In yeast doughnuts, a flour with a higher protein content of about 9 to 12 percent is used, resulting in a doughnut that is lighter and more airy. In addition, yeast doughnuts utilize yeast as a leavening agent. Specifically, yeast cells are thoroughly distributed throughout the dough and begin to feed on the sugar that is present ... carbon dioxide gas is generated, which raises the dough, making it light and porous. Whereas this process is biological, the leavening process in cake doughnuts is chemical. In cake doughnuts, the most common leavening agent is baking powder. Baking powder is essentially baking soda with acid added. This neutralizes the base and produces more CO2 according to the following equation: NaHCO3 + H+ → Na+ + H2O + CO2.
Yeast donuts, aka raised (because the dough is raised), are your classic glazed donut ― the kind you purchase fresh from the bakery. Using a hand cutter, a raised donut is cut out into a shape before proofing. Then, it is fried to golden, dough-y perfection. Raised donuts have a chew and a slight yeast flavor. They are almost always glazed, frosted, sprinkled or filled (they’re what jelly donuts are made of.)
A cake donut starts with a sweetened dough that’s leavened with the help of baking powder. Using a hand cutter or extruder, the dough is shaped and placed into shortening to cook. We hand cut our cake donuts to create a donut with a soft, cake-like interior and a slightly crunchy exterior. Cake donuts include apple cider donuts, chocolate cake donuts with glaze, and those crunchy, old fashioned donuts that are sometimes glazed and sometimes not. These are the donuts you purchase by the dozen in grocery and convenience stores, primarily.
The world of donuts may be divided into two camps but at Flip Flops Donut Shop we hand made and hand cut both yeast and cake donuts...DAILY!!
Come and enjoy our donuts at our store centrally located in Emerald Isle at 7702 Emerald Drive (between Live Oak and Cedar Streets, across the street from the EMS. We open at 7AM on the days we are open.