Mini Doughnut Factory

Published on 18 February 2016 in Dining
Alexis Selby (author)

Alexis Selby


Location(s): Mini Doughnut Factory
Photo by Weatherby Photography

Photo by Weatherby Photography

Bringing a little taste of Heaven to South Tampa, husband and wife duo Patrick and Zezura Ruddell have teamed up to open Mini Doughnut Factory, a fabulous new shop that serves gourmet mini-doughnuts, coffee, espresso, lattes, smoothies and doughnut shakes! 
Opening just over two months ago, Mini Doughnut Factory is taking Tampa by storm, quickly becoming a local hangout for people all across the bay area! And, after stopping by last week, I can easily see why they have acquired such a loyal following within such a short time of opening their doors. Serving up some of the freshest, tastiest doughnuts I have ever eaten, if you have not checked out Mini Doughnut Factory, I highly recommend you stop on by! 
The perfect cheat-sized sweet, these mini doughnuts won’t make you feel guilty, and provide the perfect amount of deliciousness to satisfy your craving. Made to order, you can taste the freshness from the moment you take your first bite. Patrick says, “We care more about our products than any other doughnut or coffee shop in town. We will not let a doughnut leave that isn’t Facebook or Instagram worthy.” 

Bringing a little taste of Heaven to South Tampa, husband and wife duo Patrick and Zezura Ruddell have teamed up to open Mini Doughnut Factory

Bringing a little taste of Heaven to South Tampa, husband and wife duo Patrick and Zezura Ruddell have teamed up to open Mini Doughnut Factory

As William Cowper once said, “Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavor”, this saying definitely rings true at Mini Doughnut Factory. With thousands of topping combinations to choose from, the possibilities are practically endless. Patrick says, “We are the first to offer mini doughnuts made to order. What we are doing has never been done before with mini doughnuts, especially with all our topping options.” 
On our previous visit, Zezura and Patrick had us sample some of their signature selections, including the Camp Fire, a vanilla cake doughnut topped with chocolate icing, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallows, the Rice Krispy Treat, a vanilla cake doughnut topped with a glaze, Rice Krispies and marshmallow drizzle, and their French Toast, a vanilla cake doughnut with cinnamon and maple syrup. All I can say is that these are no ordinary doughnuts! As you bite into the warm dough, it literally melts in your mouth, and the combinations of flavors are out of this world amazing! 
The most popular of their doughnut creations – their Cotton Candy - is sure to spark your taste buds. An absolutely unique flavor experience, this doughnut is comprised of a vanilla cake doughnut topped with strawberry icing and cotton candy pop rocks; even after you have finished the pop rocks continue to elicit the divine flavor as they go off in your mouth. This was definitely one of my favorites, although their Sweet Pig - a vanilla cake doughnut topped with maple icing and bacon - was a close second. "Sweet and savory, the Sweet Pig tastes like eating a pancake with bacon and syrup,” says Zezura. 
And, why not have both? That’s the best part about mini-doughnuts, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating more than one! “When you buy a big doughnut you are committed to that one flavor,” says Zezura. “The beauty of the mini doughnut is that it gives you the ability to try multiple different flavors. That’s what makes the concept pretty cool in itself.” 
Another customer favorite is the Peanut Butter Crunch, a vanilla cake doughnut topped with peanut butter icing and crushed butterfingers. And to answer the question you probably have in your head - yes it is every bit as incredible as it sounds! 
In addition to their signature doughnuts, you also have the option of creating your own doughnut from their endless list of yummy toppings! Zezura says, “We love coming up with new ideas and collaborating to come up with new flavors." 
But, as incredibly delicious as their mini-doughnuts are, they aren’t all they have become known for. “We have the freshest coffee,” says Patrick. “All of our coffee beans are ground fresh; we will never keep a bean longer than 7-10 days. We have quite a few regulars that come in just for our coffee – it’s that good!” 
Mini doughnuts are perfect for parties, special occasions and get togethers, and since opening, catering has already comprised a huge portion of their business. The perfect bite-sized treat, mini doughnuts are easy to eat and the presentation alone is enough to wow! Looking to make a statement in the office - surprise your co-workers or clients with a box of mini doughnuts! 
What’s most amazing is that clientele isn’t just limited to South Tampa locals. Since opening, Mini Doughnut Factory has had customers from all over Tampa Bay and beyond, including those who drive all the way from Orlando and Sarasota to snag this sweet treat! 
Patrick says, “Come once and you will be addicted for life. Once you taste the difference you will never be able to go back to regular doughnuts again.” 

Mini Doughnut Factory is located at 2109 S Dale Mabry Hwy. They are open Mon.- Thurs. 6:30am - 6:30pm; Fri. 6:30am - 9pm; Sat 7:30am - 9pm; Sun 7:30am - 3:30pm. To place an order for pick-up or catering please call (813) 254- 5374. Additional information can be found by visiting their Facebook page at Mini Doughnut Factory or by visiting them on Instagram or Twitter.

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