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Chandler girl was a finalist in Basha donut contest

July 9th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler girl was a finalist in Basha donut contest

By Ken Sain
Staff Writer

Amanda Myers can start working on her summer essay, ‘What I did this summer’ now. The short version: She became a finalist in the 7th annual Bashas’ Donut Flavor Craze Contest.

The 12-year-old south Chandler resident wanted to enter the contest and was dreaming up what flavor might give her an edge. She happened to be wearing a tie-dye shirt and used that for inspiration.

Her tie-dye donut became one of five finalists in the contest’s youth category.

“I like tie-dye so I decided it should be a long john and we put some sprinkles on top to make it pop,” Amanda said.

Bashas’ describes it as a long donut with orange, red, green and purple icing in a tie-dye pattern with rainbow and confetti sprinkles on top.

The Carlson Elementary School graduate said she tried to enter the contest before, but wasn’t able to at the time because she was not old enough. She said her first idea was a chocolate Oreo long john.

Amanda did not win the contest, however.

The winning entry in the youth division went to a Phoenix boy who designed a cotton candy donut. It is a white-raised donut with blue and white icing and broken bits of frosted animal cookies on top with rainbow sprinkles.

Amanda said the process for entering required her to describe her donut in 100 words or less. Then, someone at Bashas’ would make it.

When she saw her donut, she was a little disappointed.

“I would have liked [if they mixed in the different colors] when it was in the liquid point,” Amanda said. “So not solid, I would have put different colors in and then poured it over and not just used separate colors.”

In the fall Amanda will start classes at a middle school. Which one remains unknown. She and her parents have narrowed it down to either Gilbert Christian or Santan.

“I’m kind of nervous for because I don’t know a lot of people that are going to Gilbert Christian,” Amanda said. “But I’m excited at the same time.”

So the choice comes down to starting anew or sticking with her friends from Carlson. She said she hasn’t told any of her friends that she is a finalist in the contest.

“I didn’t brag about it,” Amanda said.

Amanda learned she was a finalist when someone from Bashas’ called her mom, Rita.

“My mom got a call, and she looked at me shocked when she got the call. And I could hear what the person was saying on the other line.”

Rita said she had put the call on speaker phone so Amanda could hear.

“I heard the news and I got so excited,” Amanda said.

The winning donuts in the adult and youth category are for sale at Bashas’ stores around the Valley. Amanda said she’s eager to enter again next year. And if she wins, she says living across the street from a Bashas’ store would mean she could walk over and buy her winning flavor.

But has she started thinking about her flavor for next year?

“No, but I probably should,” she said.

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