Busken’s Newest Treat Will Leave You Lite-Hearted! (Closed)


Like most folks nowadays I have been trying to get in shape, lose some weight, be more active, and be mindful about what I eat.  I have been doing a pretty good job of it too, if I do say so myself.  Sometimes, though..sometimes you just need a treat.   Everyone has that ‘one’ item that they will make room for in their diet, or save points for, or just plain splurge on…cheesecake, brownie, donut.  Donut.  Mmm…warm glazed donut.  I’m sorry…were we talking about something?

busken kid approved 1Oh yes!!  It was about being healthy, right?  Let me share a little secret with you…you can have your donut and be healthy too.  Thank you Busken for making it possible to make room for my ‘one’ treat without feeling guilty about it.  Introducing the Lite-Hearted Donut from Busken!  These heart-shaped glazed donuts are only 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat (zero trans fat and zero saturated fat) as compared to the 300 calories and 16 grams of fat in their original glazed donut.   They can’t possibly be as delicious as the original though, right?  Wrong!  They are every bit as big and delicious as the original.  My family and I were lucky to get to taste test a dozen of them just this very morning and I am here to tell you that they have disappeared so fast I feared I wouldn’t even get to try one.   My husband, ever the punny one, had this to say about the Lite-Hearted donut:  “I do-nut believe they are So good!”  Yup, that’s my man.

busken1Slightly crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and perfectly glazed.  Everything you want in a donut.  We will definitely be enjoying the Lite-Hearted donut again in our house.  While I was picking up my donuts today I also noticed their ‘Skinny’ cookies.  What?!  How did I not know about these?  Half the fat and fewer calories than the original Smiley Faced cookies we all know and love, and just like the donuts..all the delicious flavor.   Yes, please!

Are you sold?  Want to win some Lite-Hearted goodness of your very own?  I thought so!



Busken and Family Friendly Cincinnati are teaming up to give you a chance to try the Lite-Hearted donut for yourself.  How about a dozen dozen donuts of your very own?  You read that right.  A dozen dozen.  12×12 dozen donuts.  That’s 144 Lite-Hearted donuts to share (or not) with your Valentines.

To enter simply do the following:

Tell us in 140 characters or less why you want to try the new Lite-Hearted Donut.

Are you a donut aficionado?  Are you watching your waistline?  Do you simply not believe that they could really be THAT good?  Tell us what your motivation is for wanting to taste test the new Lite-Hearted donut and you are entered to win 144  of them.

Want a couple of extra entries?  Do one or both of the following:

Details:  Please leave a separate comment IN THIS BLOG POST for each entry.  Must be 18 years of age and a resident of the Greater Cincinnati area to win.  Giveaway will close and winner will be drawn on Monday, February 25 at 2 PM and notified via email.  Winner has 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Busken is a Cincinnati icon and I don’t know many people who don’t know the name, but did you know:

  • Busken was founded during the Great Depression (1928 to be exact) by Joseph and Daisie Busken.
  • It’s a 4th generation family owned and operated bakery that has been recognized as one of the best full-line bakeries in the nation (by Food Network’s Best Of among others)
  • Busken operates 10 bakeries in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and their product can be found not only at their bakery locations but also at Remke/Bigg’s and 135 UDF locations.

busken kid approved

For more information on Busken, or to find a location near you, please visit their website at www.busken.com.  Make sure to be on the lookout for the unveiling of their Pop-Up Shop in the heart of Over the Rhine between A Tavola and Sloane Boutique at 1218 Vine Street!  Starting Friday, February 15 you can find tasty treats at the Busken Pop-Up Shop every Thursday (7 p.m.-12 a.m.), Friday (7 p.m.-1 a.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.-1 a.m.) .

Good luck!

When not blogging at Family Friendly Cincinnati you can find Amy writing at her personal blog www.in-a-galaxy.blogspot.com.


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  1. Joan says

    I live in a house with four boys/men that believe donuts are the ultimate treat. If I were to win this I would be mother/wife of the century!

  2. amy says

    I would love to try the donuts, who doesnt love a yummy donut and cup of coffee in the morning. Although I could eat all 144, I think I would love to take these to school for the staff who work so hard for my kids…you minus one for me!

  3. Amy S. says

    I would love to give my family donuts and have a little less guilt about it! The heart shape is adorable.

  4. says

    I want to win the lite hearted doughnuts because my son has a congenital heart defect and we are all trying to eat heart healthy around here, but sweets are our downfall:) We need a lite version. Plus I co-chair the Congenital Heart Walk in Cincinnati in Eden Park on September 21st. These would be perfect to have for participants.

  5. Laura says

    I would love to try these donuts because ever since I was a baby, donuts have been one of my favorite foods. I rarely indulge anymore, so these would be perfect to try.

  6. Lisa says

    I want my whole family to try the new donut, since my hubby is a donut addict!! At least this way he can eat 2 for the calories of 1. Ok, I want to try it to:)

  7. Jill Mays says

    I love donuts, definitely my downfall. I also quit smoking December 30, 2012 and have gained a few pounds since then. Buskin donuts plus less calories? Perfect.

  8. Nate says

    Somehow, there are still people adhering to their New Year’s resolutions and these are a great way for them to get a tasty donut!

  9. julie says

    The “lite” doughnuts would obviously be a better choice. If I’m going to indulge, since I have no will power, I might as well do it with something a little better!

  10. Kathy says

    I am going to be honest – I want to try these just because they look so yummy!! MMMMM!!! Since lower calorie lower fat donuts would make this splurge less of a “guilty” pleasure, that is motivation too.

  11. Jessie says

    Donuts have been one of this pregnant girls’ best friends, but I would appreciate not having to work off the extra calories post-partum. :) THese donuts sound great!

  12. Kelly says

    At my work someone brings in Busken donuts every Friday. We all groan because we don’t need extra calories, but we eat them anyway! These donuts would be perfect because then we wouldn’t feel so guilty every Friday.

  13. Monica Steele says

    I would love to try these because I’m always looking for lower calorie options for foods I love!

  14. Laura says

    I would take these donuts to my church (vineyard Cincinnati). From there we would do some sort of outreach like Washington park, a fire station, maybe a mall or something. They are really giving!

  15. Kellie says

    Our family would love these new doughnuts. They won me over with the irresistible heart shape. The fact that they have less calories than typical doughnuts is just icing on the, well, doughnut.

  16. Julia J says

    I haven’t had a donut in 12 + years since I stopped eating fried food in November of 2000. I lost nearly 80 pounds! I’m dying for a donut!

  17. Dawn-Marie Leamer says

    My family has a super sweet tooth that would love to try this. LITE is always good especially if it is a daily occurrence:)

  18. Campbellkids says

    Oh Buskens how I love thee
    Glazed are so yummy
    Oh how I wish I had donuts just for me
    Maybe I can share with a kiddie
    Oh to be honest I think I’ll save em just for me

  19. Nicole Gibson says

    Oh man I would love to see a LITE donut that has any original flavor of their not so lite donuts. Sounds a bit too good to be true…but I’m willing to win the 12 dozen to give them a trial run. ;)

  20. Kim J says

    I love donuts! But, I like mine glazed, nothin’ fancy, no cream filling, or sprinkles. I’m almost too afraid to try the new Busken Lite-hearted donut. I’m afraid I’ll eat them all myself!

  21. Suzanne C. says

    I know a lot of hard-workin’ people having a tough time I would love to share this treat with. And no excuses since it is LITE!!

  22. Brenda H says

    I would love to try these new doughnuts so I can tell the world what they are missing out on! Busken is da bomb!

  23. julie says

    I would love to win the dozen dozen donuts because I want to share with my friends and family how yummy healthy can be.

  24. Jamie says

    Why would I want a donut….let’s see…it’s a freaking donut! It’s sweet, delicious, and beats flowers!
    I subscribe, like, love, all of the above.

  25. Michelle M says

    I would love to get a dozen dozen donuts! I’m interested in trying the new light-hearted variety. I am thinking about eating all the donuts myself though since I am pregnant with twins and I need to gain a lot of weight!

  26. jaime says

    Buskens donuts are DELICIOUS! I am always looking for healthier options and would love to try these!

  27. jamie smith says

    I want win these for my daughter preschool! Everyone would love these and there not bad on waistline, perfect! I would be the coolest Mom ever to boot!

  28. Brandi says

    Semi-new to the area and keep hearing about Busken bakery, and how wonderful it is. Sadly have not ha a chance to try it. My husband and I are trying to live a healthier life style and I have defdinately missed treats like this. It would be great to have a treat that wasn’t quite as bad for you!

  29. Stephanie says

    I LOVE donuts and have been feeling really deprived since my diet started the first of the year. :)

  30. Joie Linser says

    My family LOVES donuts. We’d probably take care of 144 of them on a Sunday morning, given the chance!

  31. Sarah Stevens says

    I would like to try the lite hearted donut to see what they taste like. Would be great to buy for my office

  32. Jen O says

    I would love to try these donuts because they look so scrumptious. I kids love donuts and this is such a healthier alternative.