Glasgow, Scotland

Tantrum Doughnuts

17th March 2017

Tantrum Doughnuts is a place I’ve been online stalking for a while. And shamelessly, might I add. On Instagram and Facebook I’ve been ogling their photos, flirtatiously (read: compulsively) liking their posts, and dreaming of the day when I would finally try their brioche doughnuts. Well this past Saturday, that day finally came!

Despite Edinburgh not being far away, I don’t go to Glasgow often. I usually only go when a particular event calls for it (usually concerts) and the occasion this weekend was a work event. It took about one-tenth of a millisecond for me to decide that breakfast before the event would be doughnuts at Tantrum!

Tantrum Doughnuts - Trio of Doughnuts

In  the days leading up to my Glasgow visit, all I could think about was Tantrum Doughnuts. What flavours will they have? Will there be a line? Will they run out of doughnuts before I get there? Should I go right for their opening time? Surely not. But what if I need to fight off other foodie patrons to make sure I get a taste? Okay, I’ll admit that my imagination was overactive, but when I really want a particular food, I get competitive about it!

Along with a work colleague, I made my way to Tantrum and I was hella excited. I even skipped breakfast in anticipation of the doughnuts! As we approached the shop, I was relieved to see that there wasn’t a massive line up and there was even table space available within. Crisis averted.


Upon entering Tantrum, you are greeted with a wide display counter of their beautiful doughnuts. The display was full and tantalizing and I wanted it ALL. The flavour selection was diverse…

  • Raspberry Jam
  • ​Almond Buttermilk Old Fashioned
  • Chocolate and Hazelnut Filled
  • Maple Candied Bacon & Pork Crackling
  • Yuzu Meringue
  • Apple & Pecan Crumble Old Fashioned
  • Pistachio and Hibiscus
  • ​Crème Brûlée
  • ​Salted Honey Glaze Brioche ring
  • ​Peanut Butter and Jam​

I had sufficiently creeped the crème brûlée doughnut online and it was an absolute must for me. Although they all looked fantastic, my friend and I opted to share 2 more doughnuts: chocolate hazelnut and yuzu meringue.

Given that we were sharing the goods, the staff kindly offered to cut the doughnuts in half. But I couldn’t let that happen until the doughnuts had been sufficiently photographed! So photos were taken, doughnuts were cut in half, more photos were taken, and then we finally dug in. I owe a huge thank you to my fellow doughnut eater Hannah for being so patient with me while I snapped the shots!

Now let’s get back to the doughnuts. When I took my first bite, I was in heaven. The dough – which is rolled by hand – is light and buttery without being oily. In other words, it’s what doughnut dough should be. Here’s the rundown of the flavours I tried:

  • Chocolate and hazelnut: If you’re craving chocolate, this doughnut is for you. The chocolate hazelnut cream is smooth and bursting with flavour. What’s more, there’s plenty of filling inside. So much yum.

  • Yuzu Meringue: like a lemon meringue pie, the interior was filled with a tangy but sweet citrus curd and the top was decorated with small, delicate mountains of toasted meringue. Not only was it delicious, but it was also beautiful. One of the most visually appealing doughnuts I’ve ever had.

  • Crème Brûlée: What a doughnut flavour! Firstly, the top of the doughnut is coated in the crunchy caramelised exterior typical of a crème brûlée dessert. Secondly, the doughnut is filled with a creamy vanilla custard. This custard… let me tell you… I would buy it in jars and eat it with a spoon! Everything about this doughnut was great. They have successfully translated crème brûlée into a doughnut! Well done!

So to sum up, I loved Tantrum Doughnuts and it’s VERY worth a visit when in Glasgow. I need to get back there to try more of their flavours. To be honest, I’m already looking for my next excuse to take a trip to Glasgow. Care to join?






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  • Alistair 7th March 2019 at 15:36

    Just happened to have breezed onto this page of your blog Jess !! I do believe I was in the very same doughnut shop at the very same time as you once! I chose the Candied Bacon if I remember rightly – and very nice it was too!. I’m heading back up that way on Saturday so will look them up again! 🙂

    • Jess 7th March 2019 at 19:12

      Hey Alistair! You can’t go wrong with candied bacon, can you?! I’ll be very jealous if you head back for more Tantrum Doughnuts 🙂

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