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Popular Montreal dessert bar Mr. Puffs set to sweeten Guelph

The popular Montreal-based dessert bar is coming to Guelph this Spring with their signature deep-fried dough balls

A popular Montreal dessert bar is coming to Guelph next month, bringing their signature deep-fried dough balls. 

Set to open mid-April, Mr. Puffs will be taking over the building that formerly housed Popeye’s in the Walmart Supercentre on Woodlawn Road. 

There is no official opening date set as they wait on final inspections, but they’re aiming to have it open by April 15. 

The yeast-based doughnuts, or ‘puffs,’ are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and coated in whatever kind of glaze your heart desires.

Founded in 2004, there are more than 50 locations across the country, primarily in Quebec. So far, there are 10 other locations in Ontario, including one in Waterloo that opened earlier this month. 

“Guelph is a great area for new startups because it’s expanding. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario,” said Ishmeet Gill, the franchisee who owns the Guelph location with her husband, Parwinder Singh. 

So what makes Mr. Puffs different from other doughnut shops? 

“It’s hot and fresh,” she said, adding that every batch is made to order in front of the customer.

“It’s crunchy, it’s sweet – but not that sweet,” she said. “That’s why it’s different from other (doughnuts).”

The deep-fried doughnuts are coated in a glaze, which is where the flavour options come in, with everything from Bueno to sugar cinnamon, salted caramel, cappuccino or WOWBUTTER. 

Gill’s own favourite is Choco-Loco, a white and dark chocolate glaze. 

She also loves the milkshakes they offer. 

“The milkshakes are extremely good,” she said. “They have flavours like peach and pomegranate. One is lemon and mint.”

In addition, their menu includes hot drinks like coffee, iced drinks like their whipped-cream and chocolate sauce-covered iced mocha, dipped and rolled ice cream cones, and tornadoes, which are similar to Blizzards.

Unlike the location that opened in Waterloo earlier this month, the Mr. Puff’s on Woodlawn will have seating for up to 25 people, catering to both take-out and dine-in.

Once the inspections are through, she said they will announce the date of the grand opening. Updates will be posted on their social media accounts.