Mini? Check. Flavorful? Check. Variety? Check. Cute? Double check. All these criteria are the makings of a tasteful dessert—and happen to describe a local business’ specialty: mini donuts.
Since Daniel and Linda Hardwick took over Bites Donuts in 2015—the local husband and wife team have made the business their own by creating their bite-sized confections and traveling to events and East Valley farmers’ markets to introduce customers to their unique dessert.
“It feels like donuts are a comfort food and it’s something that people almost use to celebrate occasions or the start of the weekend,” Linda Hardwick said. “They are so small, that people feel that they have the right to indulge, and they can, because they are light and fluffy and delicious.”
Customers can indulge, since Bites has 10 specialties on its menu and rotates them to serve three to four flavors at one time when traveling. Customers can choose from flavors including blueberry crumble, maple bacon, Nutella, and strawberry cheesecake in a small or regular serving.
Bites mini donuts serves its desserts at what Linda calls “pop-ups,” where they bring the trailer and serve the donuts in the same space as food trucks at farmers’ markets or travel throughout the Valley to events.
“We just decide on what kind of event we’re doing, then we know what type of flavors that audience responds to really well,” Hardwick said. For example, if they are going to a school carnival, she said they will usually serve s’mores and cookies and cream flavors, as opposed to an adult function, where they might serve the blueberry and strawberry cheesecake.
“He really has mastered the art of making the perfect donut, making it light and fluffy,” Hardwick said of Daniel, who usually makes the donuts. “He has some tips and tricks that he’s mastered over the last year and a half to really make them something that people seek out. They look for us, they follow us, they have always really had a great response to our product.”
One of those customers is Mesa resident Jess Rollar, who shops at the Gilbert Farmers Market with her husband on Saturdays, where she said she stumbled upon Bites Donuts.
“I’m a HUGE donut lover so I had to give them a try and I was glad I did, they did not disappoint,” she said. “They are easy to eat, small, and amazingly good. I have been a fan since the first bite.”
Rollar said she first heard about Bites Donuts on accident by coming across them at the Gilbert Farmers Market. “Since then I found them on Instagram and Facebook. I now watch their posts and where they will be vending so I can plan ahead if I want to indulge.”
Mesa resident Darae Walker said she has been going to Bites Donuts for a while at food truck Fridays around the East Valley, including Mesa.
“Donuts are one of my favorite foods, so when I saw all the different toppings I knew I was going to love it,” she said. “Their donuts are very light and fluffy, I loved every bite.”
Walker said her go-to flavor is maple madness, which are covered in powdered and cinnamon sugar with warm maple syrup drizzled on top. “It’s a perfect sweet treat for morning or night.”
“Bites Donuts is true bliss, they are easy to eat on the go and don’t disappoint in flavor. Also, they are very share friendly if you want to split a plate with a friend or partner,” Rollar added.
Hardwick said Bites Donuts plans to continue to participate in the food truck trend and their business has increased since they took over in 2015. The other people who own food trucks and go to pop-ups, Hardwick calls the trucking community culture.
“Everybody helps each other, I don’t feel like we’re competing with any of the other trucks. If we’re booked and are requested to go to an event, I’m always referring them to the other dessert trucks and they’re doing the same for us.”
Bites Donuts will keep serving its mini desserts around the Valley to fulfill their customers increasing demand for the cute and tasty donuts.
“I didn’t know there were so many donut lovers out there, but we’re very glad there are, because they definitely have given us the reason we do what we do,” Hardwick said.
To learn more about Bites Donuts, like their Facebook page.
– Mesa resident Alyssa Tufts is a freelance reporter for MyNewsMesa.