Crazy Donuts You Have to Try
Crazy Donuts You Have to Try

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Dunkin' Donuts may have dropped "Donuts" from its name — but doughnuts themselves aren't going anywhere. They're actually proliferating. Even as the cronut's moment has come and gone, in some cities maple bacon doughnuts are practically as common as chocolate glaze, and artisanal bakeries are producing all sorts of new, flavorful, and sometimes strange concoctions. Here are unique and mouthwatering options from across the country.

Related: Doughnut Taste Test: Dunkin' vs. Krispy Kreme

Dirt Doughnut
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Dirt | Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut, a Portland-founded shop that has opened stores elsewhere in Oregon as well as Colorado, Texas, and Taiwan, is responsible for some of the most creative doughnuts out there. Dirt, a yeast doughnut covered with vanilla frosting and crumbled Oreos, is one of their signature creations.

Guava and Cheese Doughnut

Guava and Cheese | The Salty Donut

The Salty Donut in Miami, Florida, carries guava and cheese doughnuts year-round. A 24-hour-raised brioche doughnut is filled with guava and cream cheese, covered in a cream cheese glaze, and topped with Marie biscuit crumble.

S'mores Doughnuts
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S'mores Doughnuts | Holtman's Donuts

Family-owned and -operated for more than 50 years, Holtman's Donuts in Cincinnati serves two varieties of s'mores doughnut. The first is a regular yeast doughnut dipped in chocolate icing and graham cracker crumbs, topped with a specially ordered square marshmallow, toasted with a butane torch, and finished with chocolate icing. For the second, a marshmallow is tucked into the yeast dough before frying, and the doughnut is topped with chocolate icing and graham cracker.

Sweet Corn and Blueberry Doughnut
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Sweet Corn and Blueberry | Glazed Gourmet

Glazed Gourmet in Charleston, South Carolina, offers 12 different doughnuts each day. Call or check social media to see if the unique Sweet Corn and Blueberry doughnut is available. This unusual doughnut is a summery mix of sweet corn custard, blueberry glaze, and corn lemon shortbread.

The O.G. Doughnut
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The O.G. | Blue Star Donuts

Although not as well-known as Voodoo, Portland's Blue Star Donuts wins out in the eyes of some locals. There are eight locations in Portland (and three in L.A.), and the company sports a "quality over quantity" approach. The shop's O.G. doughnut is a yeast doughnut with a horchata glaze.

Mojito Doughnut
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Mojito | Glazed & Confuzed

Among the changing array of unusual flavors at Glazed & Confuzed in Denver is a Mojito doughnut with a rum- and peppermint-infused glaze and a candied mint leaf garnish. 

The Everything Doughnut
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The Everything Doughnut | The Doughnut Project

New York City
The Doughnut Project in Manhattan combines an "everything" bagel with a cream-cheese-glazed yeast doughnut. It may seem like an odd marriage of savory and sweet, with salt and garlic in the mix, but some people love it.

Creme Brulee Donut
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Crème Brûlée| Rise

Rise first opened in the Southpoint area of Durham, North Carolina, but there are now locations sprinkled throughout the area and as far west as Texas. Though the restaurants mostly emphasize their biscuits and chicken, the crème brûlée doughnut is still on the menu.

Churro Doughnut

Churro | Fonuts

Los Angeles
Fonuts in Los Angeles makes a new churro doughnut that could be a little healthier than a traditional doughnut — at least in one respect: Instead of deep frying, the shop steams or bakes all its creations.

Poi Glaze Doughnut

Poi Glaze | Kamehameha Bakery

A staple in Hawaii, poi (which is made from taro root) may be unfamiliar to tourists who haven't tried the subtly flavored ingredient. The Kamehameha Bakery in Honolulu makes a vibrantly purple poi glaze malasada, a Portuguese treat that is similar to a yeast doughnut.

Salted Caramel Pretzel
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Salted Caramel Pretzel | Blackbird Doughnuts

Blackbird Doughnuts in Boston made headlines a couple years ago when Adele sang the praises of its Boston Cream Bismarck doughnut. The bismarck is still on the menu, but it's also possible to try the Salted Caramel Pretzel, a black cocoa cake doughnut with salted caramel buttercream and pretzels.

Bone Marrow Chocolate Doughnut

Bone Marrow Chocolate | The Doughnut Project

New York City
The bone marrow chocolate doughnut from TDP is a clever collaboration with local butcher shop Hudson & Charles. A yeast doughnut is filled with a whipped mixture of chocolate cream and bone marrow before getting a clementine glaze and orange-chocolate-shaving garnish. It's made in small batches and available on weekends only, so call ahead to see if it's available.

Lemon Ginger Doughnut
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Lemon Ginger | Dough

Brooklyn-based Dough serves a variety of classic flavors as well as choices that change with the season. A mix of sweet and tangy, the lemon-ginger doughnut has a ginger and lemon glaze as well as pieces of candied ginger on top.

Fresh Strawberry Doughnut

Fresh Peach or Strawberry | Revolution Doughnuts

Revolution Doughnuts has several shops in and around Atlanta. The chain makes a creation called fruit sliders — a sliced round doughnut split in half and filled with fresh peaches or strawberries. Occasionally there are specialty flavors as well, including figs and cream.

Berry Best Doughnut
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Berry Best | Donut Snob

Los Angeles
Los Angeles' Donut Snob offers a variety of standard, seasonal, and fresh fruit flavors with a "sophisticated" take on the classic doughnut. The Berry Best is a yeast doughnut with a cinnamon glaze and berry coulis filling. Fresh berries and a mint leaf provide the finishing touch.

Purple Pig Doughnut

Purple Pig | Doughnuttery

New York City
Doughnuttery in New York City makes a variety of sweet and savory mini cake doughnuts and dipping sauces. The Purple Pig has purple potatoes, bacon, and maple. Pair it with a raspberry balsamic, beer caramel, chocolate, Nutella, or dulce de leche sauce — or maybe just eat it on its own.

Blue Sky Donut
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Blue Sky (Breaking Bad)| Rebel Donuts

Rebel Donuts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, often decorates its doughnuts in creative and surprisingly thoughtful ways. In a nod to the TV drama "Breaking Bad" (which filmed in the area), the Blue Sky is a vanilla cake doughnut with blue cotton candy icing and rock candy.

PBCP Doughnut
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PBCP | Doughnuttery

Doughnuttery puts a twist on the peanut butter and jelly doughnut (although it makes PB&J, as well). The bite-size, spicy PBCP loses the jelly and adds cayenne and pretzels to peanut butter for some unexpected heat and crunch.

Voodoo Doll Doughnut
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Voodoo Doll | Voodoo Doughnut

This Voodoo Doughnut namesake is shaped like a voodoo doll, complete with eyes and a mouth. The yeast doughnut is filled with raspberry jelly and topped with chocolate frosting. As a finishing touch, a pretzel stake is pushed into its heart.

Round Rock Donuts
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Tex-Ass Challenge | Round Rock Donuts

Round Rock
Until April 2017, Voodoo made a giant doughnut about the size of six standard pastry combined and made it free for anyone who ate it in 80 seconds or less. (The doughnut and deal disappeared after a man in Denver died during the challenge.) Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock, Texas, still sells a "Texas-sized" doughnut for $8, but without the potential money-back offer.

Blueberry Bourbon Basil Doughnut
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Blueberry Bourbon Basil | Blue Star

The Blueberry Bourbon Basil doughnut is a favorite of Blue Star customers. The blueberry flavor pops right out, while the basil and bourbon provide nice undertones.

The Beet Salad Doughnut
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The Beet Salad | Glazed Gourmet

An unusual name and flavor combination, Glazed Gourmet's Beet Salad doughnut is filled with beet custard, covered in orange goat cheese glaze, and garnished with candied fennel.

Matcha Sugar Doughnut
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Matcha Sugar | Dough

Dough's matcha doughnut definitely catches the eye with its bright green, a shade that comes courtesy of matcha, a finely ground powder made from a specially grown green tea. This yeast doughnut rolled in a blend of matcha cane sugar and a pinch of salt would pair perfectly with a cuppa.

Fancy Fig Doughnut
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Fancy Fig | Glazed Gourmet

The Fancy Fig doughnut from Glazed Gourmet has cream-cheese filling, honey glaze, and balsamic drizzle. As if that's not enough, the bakers fill the hole in the doughnut with homemade, organic fig jam.

Maple Bacon Blueberry Cake Doughnut
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Maple Bacon Blueberry Cake | Holtman's Donuts

Those looking for something decidedly different may want to bite into Holtman's maple bacon blueberry cake doughnut. A combination of two sweet ingredients with a salty, bacon kick, it's not a combination found in most doughnut shops. For something slightly more conventional, the shop has a chocolate maple bacon doughnut, too.

Gin and Tonic Doughnut
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Gin and Tonic | Dough

This is definitely a treat for grown-ups — a cocktail-inspired doughnut from Dough that actually has a small amount of gin in it. The glaze is made with juniper berries, gin, tonic, and fresh lemon, and the doughnut is topped with a candied lemon slice.

Prosecco Doughnut
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Prosecco | The Doughnut Project

New York City
For celebratory occasions like baby showers, rehearsal dinners, and bachelorette parties, TDP also offers doughnuts infused with prosecco in regular and mini sizes.

Maple Blazer Blunt Doughnut
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Maple Blazer Blunt | Voodoo Doughnut

The Maple Blazer Blunt from Voodoo Doughnut is a maple bar doughnut rolled into a cone and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. One end is dipped in maple frosting and covered in red sprinkles to resemble an ember.

Chai Cream Doughnut
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Chai Cream | Dough

A rich, chai pastry filling mixes with a Vahlrona chocolate glaze for this tea-inspired Dough doughnut. Toasted almonds provide a surprisingly elegant garnish. This flavor is part of the rotating menu, so order it when it pops up.

Blueberry Earl Grey Doughnut
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Blueberry Earl Grey | Donut Snob

Los Angeles
One of Donut Snob's seasonal flavors, the Blueberry Earl Grey features an Earl Grey glaze, plus an Early Grey-infused drizzle and fresh blueberries.

Marshall Mathers Doughnut

Marshall Mathers | Voodoo Doughnut

Also from Voodoo Doughnut, the Marshall Mathers is a plain cake doughnut topped with vanilla frosting and mini M&M's. Don't get it? Marshall Mathers is the given name of rapper Eminem.

Banana Chocolate Donut
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Banana Chocolate | Fonuts

Los Angeles
Another offering from L.A.'s Fonuts gives banana and chocolate lovers a reason to perk up in the morning. The banana chocolate doughnut comes with a chocolate glaze.

Doughkas Doughnut
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Doughkas | Dough

Dough combines doughnuts and babka at its Flatiron location, using doughnut dough to make a fluffier version of a traditional babka (an Eastern European coffee cake). There are two flavors of "doughkas" available — sticky banana and Mexican chocolate.

Pumpkin S'mores Doughnut
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Pumpkin S’mores | Glazed Gourmet

Not every Glazed Gourmet doughnut is savory. The pumpkin s'mores doughnut is as decadent as you'd expect, with a toasted marshmallow, chocolate ganache, graham crackers, and pumpkin filling.

Cereal Doughnuts
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The Bronx Doughnut
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The Bronx | The Doughnut Project

New York City
The Bronx borough of New York has rich and poor neighborhoods, and its namesake doughnut is simple but sophisticated, with a hint of "beautiful Italian olive oil and bite of black pepper."

Blackout Doughnut
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Brooklyn Blackout | Doughnut Plant

New York City
New York City's Doughnut Plant makes a blackout doughnut to appeal to devoted chocolate lovers. A chocolate cake doughnut is filled with chocolate pudding, then dipped in chocolate glaze and sprinkled with decadent chocolate cake crumbs.

Pumpkin Pie Brûlée Doughnut
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Pumpkin Pie Brûlée | Doughnuttery

Doughnuttery's pumpkin-flavored mini-doughnut is topped with graham crackers, brûléed sugar, and fall spices.

Confuzed Samoa Doughnut

Confused Samoa | Glazed & Confuzed

A signature flavor at Glazed & Confuzed, the Confused Samoa doughnut is a tribute to the Girl Scout cookie. This caramel-glazed doughnut is covered in toasted coconut and drizzled with chocolate.

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Doughseeds | Doughnut Plant

New York City
In addition to four flavors of rectangular filled doughnuts, Doughnut Plant also makes mini, round filled doughnuts called doughseeds — a signature créme brûlée and flavors that have included rose, with a rose water pudding and dipped in a rose water glaze, topped with an edible rose petal, peanut butter & blackberry jam, strawberry & cream, and wild blueberry & cream.