Big Apple donuts versus J. Co Donuts – Which do you prefer?

I have heard so much about Big Apple Donuts and J.Co Donuts before Big Apple reach my little island in Penang. Before I get a taste of these two donuts, I have read so many blog posts raving about them. Almost every post mentioned about the long queue.

Big Apple Donuts and Coffee finally came to Penang a few months ago and after eating them, it was like, “Oh…ok….not bad, not bad at all.”

Then, I read about people saying J.Co is much better than Big Apple. So, I have this big expectation of how heavenly it must be. But it is also another, “Oh…ok…ok lah…taste so so only.”

J Co donuts
(J. Co Donuts)

When I went to KL last Friday, we headed to Sunway Pyramid first to drop a friend of my son. So, after the car trip from Penang to KL, we went window shopping. We found J. Co and immediately sat down. All eight of us. Tired and yet, eager to hit the mall.

j co donuts
(J. Co Donuts)

I bought a box of a dozen J. Co donuts, a flavour each. So, there were 12 different flavours. I find the Alcapone, which is a white chocolate and almonds donut something different from Big Apple Donuts. Other than that, they are almost the same.

I do not like the much rubbery and firmer donuts call the JCrown Oreo. It is like the Malay cucuk keria type, chewy and tough. The little lumpy donuts in the above photo.

So, Big Apple Donuts and J. Co Donuts – which do I prefer? To me, both are the same. Nothing out of this world. So, it doesn’t matter that we do not have J. Co in Penang. Anyway, how many donuts can one consume, right? After all the novelty has rubbed off, it is just a donut, dude. However, if I have to pick a winner, I will vote for Big Apple and it’s durian cream filled donut.

big apple donuts
(Big Apple Donuts)
However, I would like to know if you prefer J. Co Donuts or Big Apple Donuts?

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

13 thoughts on “Big Apple donuts versus J. Co Donuts – Which do you prefer?


    (December 3, 2008 - 5:01 pm)

    I like big apple better. Perhaps the batch of Jco I had was just a bad one, but it didn’t taste as good to me.


    (December 3, 2008 - 5:18 pm)

    Both also too sweet for me. I love the durian one though.


    (December 3, 2008 - 5:27 pm)

    I am a JCo fan!


    (December 3, 2008 - 5:47 pm)

    big apple..


    (December 3, 2008 - 9:55 pm)

    what malaysia need is krispy kreme – the best donuts in the world. no kiddin’.


    (December 3, 2008 - 10:02 pm)

    All too sweet for me too!

    If given a choice I actually like the type sold at the Pasar Ramadan.Not the cucur keria but the donut type, rolled in sugar.For 50cts. you can get a decent size one. I have seen one that really big that is sold for RM1 each.These type of donuts have bite.

    Have you tried Missy Donuts? Don’t bother. The taste is so bland and the dough sticks to the teeth.


    (December 4, 2008 - 12:25 am)

    I would say JCo is still better for me:) Love the texture of their donuts.


    (December 5, 2008 - 8:01 am)

    J Co!


    (December 11, 2008 - 9:22 am)

    Jco is much much much better than big apple..


    (December 12, 2008 - 11:10 pm)

    i love J.Co 🙂


    (December 13, 2008 - 8:57 am)

    for me both big apple and jco also same.. but i love it. I tried crispy creme in uk .. but i think i like big apple/jco more.


    (December 17, 2008 - 12:39 pm)

    Love J.Co So Much… d donuts not too big or thick then other donuts ever. J.Co very tasteful.

    death of J.Co Tiramisu…..Must Try !!

    mama liang

    (December 20, 2008 - 4:09 pm)

    if you consume the donuts fresh, both jco and bigapple, they taste almost the same… yummy! the test is, try leaving the donuts overnite, kekeke… i have found jco beats bigapple in this. but who cares… i love them both!!! god bless!!!

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