After seeing these animal donuts I wonder if I should just turn this into a food blog, because sometimes this blogger spends the whole day in workout clothes despite only working out for an hour. However, I can always eat! Especially when its super cute animal donuts from Floresta Donuts.
Floresta’s animal donuts are blogged about everywhere scoring a billion notes on tumblr and scoring the adoration of Kotaku. But they’re actually deeper and better than just being cute!
Floresta Donuts is Organic, Natural and Local
Floresta (site) was started in Nara, Japan (famed home of the semi-tame deer) in 2002 by a husband and wife who wanted to make donuts that were “Nature Donuts”. That meant using local ingredients and all natural items from organically farmed sources. They focus on small batch regional production. The outcome is a deliciously light and not-too-sweet donut.
Floresta’s tiny shop in Koenji. Theres no inside just a few sit-down chairs if you’d like to enjoy there. Floresta’s store placement seems to focus on neighborhoods where people can pick up their donuts on their way home.
They have regular deals on their basics. All Floresta donuts are cake based.
Here’s their basic lineup, which is tasty.
But I know you’re here for the animal donuts.
Floresta Animal Donuts
The cuteness in edible form! Sakura season special bear and chicken sakura donuts.
Look at that happy donut hole bear donut. Like he has a pool floaty of donut goodness.
So simple but so cute! Chicken sakura season gentei Floresta animal donut.
Their regular animal donuts are still super cute! Pandas, bees, tigers, seals, rabbits and more animal donuts. Each store will list a monthly schedule of what days of the week each animal is coming out. Not all animals are available everyday. For a list of all regular animals check their site.
Regular animal donut line-up! Cat donut. This was one of their first designs. They use almonds for ears.
My favorite the Floresta seal donut. Check out that cute expression! Again almonds for flippers.
Seconds before it went into my mouth.
If you’re not a donut fan, they also do traditional desserts, shaved ice (during summer) and “nature icecream”
If you’re visiting Tokyo there are two stores in the area. The closest and easiest is Koenji. Which is a terrific neighborhood with tons of used shops.
If you’re visiting Kamakura to see the giant buddha you can also enjoy them.
For calorie counters each donut ranges from 202 calories for the basic ones to more for the animal donuts according to Floresta’s website. If this is too sugary I have a big post about eating healthy in Japan coming soon. I’ve been working on it for months!
Ikumi Mama animal donuts:
Ms. Ikumi Nakao developed the animal donuts for Floresta. She has since left the company and founded her own shop, Ikumi Mama. Which specializes in animal donuts that look exactly like Floresta’s. She has one shop in Kanagawa near the Motosomiyoshi station which is about 25 minutes away from Shibuya.
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