I was hesitant to do a candy cane doughnut. The idea of candy canes and doughnuts together was an obstacle in my head. But I happily eat candy cane, peppermint, and chocolate as often as I can. Combining chocolate and mint in what is considered a breakfast item turned up sensory red flags. When I removed the rule that doughnuts must be eaten for breakfast, a chocolate and mint doughnut made plenty of sense. It would be a delicious creation, I needed to get on it. We topped out chocolate yeasted doughnut with both vanilla and chocolate glazes and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes. The combination of rich chocolate and refreshing mint was exactly what I needed, a delicious flavor combination in the form of doughnut. No, it was not a go to first thing in the morning doughnut. It was a crushable afternoon sweet, a doughnut designed for dessert.
Removing one of the rules and asking why a certain obstacle exists allows us to break free of what is supposed to be and discover and enjoy what may be.