Woman opens design-your-own doughnut shop

If you’re a picky eater, a fan of doughnuts and like free treats, we’ve got great news.

There is a new shop opening in London this month and it comes with a new concept: DYO (design-your-own) doughnuts, swirls and milkshakes.

Treats Club, as it’s known, will be ‘female-owned, female-led and run by black girl magic’, says owner Lungi Mhlanga.

The 27-year-old initially launched her doughnut business as an online shop in November 2018, but has now decided to take the step towards a physical – and permanent – venue.

Found in Netil Market in Hackney, Treats Club will serve up a range of hot doughnuts, made fresh on site, as well as ice cream bars and shakes, all of which is served up with a side of gourmet marshmallow fluff.

The menu will feature yummy flavours such as Nutella, Biscoff, Oreo and vanilla cream, and includes vegan treats, too.

As for the DYO doughnut, it works as follows: decide on a base flavour (the ring), and then have the team drizzle and decorate it with whatever you want from the secret menu.

We’re sold.

‘I’ve always loved eating in places where I’m able to customise my food just how I like it – I feel this is what street food is all about, you can speak directly to the chefs in the kitchen/stall and create your food however works for you,’ Lungi tells us.

‘I knew that I had to do the same for donuts and open a donut bar that is centred entirely around the customers experience.

‘Want extra biscoff glaze or more sprinkles? At Treats Club the answer is always yes!

‘It’s also an amazing way for us to create something memorable for everyone.’

As for her favourite doughnut, Lungi loves an Oreo-filled hot doughnut sundae.

She adds: ‘It’s served hot and with a pot of chocolate sauce for dipping and it really is the stuff of dreams.’

That does sound pretty excellent.

To celebrate her new venture, Lungi is also giving away free doughnuts from 12pm on opening day (25 July) until stocks run out.

There’s a limited number of sweet treats available, so if you’re hankering for a sugar rush, be there on time.

Those who are shielding or just don’t fancy heading out among crowds of people can also order on the Treats Club website or via Deliveroo.

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